Monday, September 3, 2007

Only Moments by Nick Oliva

Did you design the cover?Yes. I wanted to convey timelessness so I used my own photography from
Carmel and Big Sur.

Did your publisher design the cover?No, I laid out the criteria and they did a great job following through with it.

Did you get to give any input about the cover design?Total

Is there an interesting story behind the cover design? If so, please share the details.The front picture is Carmel CA in October of 1984. The back is Big Sur in 1994 that I took when I was out there writing the book.

Who is the cover artist?
I shot the photographs

Are you happy with the cover?Very pleased. I wouldn't change a thing.

If not, what would you change and why?nothing

Tell us what you think is the best part of the cover.I love the sunset and birds. It gives a glimpse of the eternal

Is there anything else about your cover that we need to know? Feel free to share.Nothing really. I am lucky I know what I want and I have a good sense of what is pleasing to most and what makes sense themwise to the book's general gestalt. I like those two words together. Sounds like a German army officer. Seriously, I think that the cover must relay a sense of what the book will convey to the reader once they've begun to read it. It helps to sell something with the desirability of the cover, as one plunks down hard cash just reading the back cover so it better look good and be verbally intriguing so Mr. or Ms. John Q. Public feels good about the purchase.

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What is the link to buy your book? or


Yvonne Perry said...

Your cover is great, Nick. I visited Carmel, CA and thought it was absolutely beautiful. You've captured the beauty of the place with your photo. I wish you well on the sales of your book.

Yvonne Perry

nick oliva said...

Thank you so much Yvonne, I really appreciate your compliments. I'm still reading "More Than Meets The Eye" and for those of you who are curious and/or very interested in Near Death Experiences go to her website at and buy it! I can't wait to finish this one and get Yvonne's new book
Right to Recover.

blessedheart said...

It's a beautiful cover.
Rhonda :-)

Sun Singer said...

I especially like the fact that one almost has to shield his eyes from both the sun and its reflexion in the water.

Looking at this beautiful cover, I almost want to take a trip back to the bay area (where I was born), rent a car, and drive south along the coast.


Nick Oliva said...

Thank you Malcolm and Rhonda. It is one of my favorites as well. I sat on the beach in Carmel in November freezing my butt off with my Nikon on a tripod and a manual cable to open the lens shutter and when I saw the birds I hit the button, counted to 2 and a half and prayed it would come out.
That was in 1984 and it is still timeless for me.

Nikki Leigh - Author said...

I have a picture like that and its going to be the cover for my book promotion book. I waited for the gulls to get in just the right spot :) Isn't it awesome to use our pictures for book covers :) I totally understand about clicking and holding your breath :)

Nikki Leigh

PS - You can see one version of the picture on this blog's main page for Book Promo 101.