Help me choose the cover of my new book!
Okay friends, I’ve come to a crucial stage in book number two and I need your help in moving forward!
But before we come to that, a quick background on the journey so far in case this is your first time reading my blog – in which case, welcome! (If you already know the story, or you’re really impatient, scroll down to see the book covers and vote)
About a year and half after writing my first book, 7 Keys to a Winning CV: How to create a CV that gets results (published by Harriman House in September 2011), the idea for my second book came to me on the bus on my way to work!
This idea was to write a book which would be a complete guide for jobseekers on absolutely everything you need to know about getting a job in today’s job market – not just how to put together a winning CV.
“Genius!” I thought, “After all, this is what I’ve been writing about on my blog all this time!”
So the decision was made – I was going to write this book and have it completed and published in 2013.
A change of direction
Six months from that ‘eureka’ moment, I had managed to complete just the content pages and the introduction – how disappointing!
So I changed direction with the book.
It was now going to be a book for young jobseekers that would help not only the young people I work with on a day-to-day basis at Salmon Youth Centre, but the close to a million young people in the UK who are currently unemployed and looking for work.
At the beginning of this year, instead of making new New Year goals as I do every year, I decided to focus instead on the unfinished business I had from last year – one of which was to write this book!
So a few months ago I put out this call for contributions and got lots of great responses from some fantastic ‘young and employed’ people.
Another change of direction!
I set about writing this new book with fresh zeal (in between a full-time job and running a CV makeover business!), and I got a little further this time – content page, preface, introduction and a few chapters…oh yes!
But something wasn’t quite right – the “flow” just wasn’t there as it should be, and it wasn’t long before I ran out of steam again.
What on earth was going on? My first book wasn’t like this at all!!!
I had no choice but to stop everything and take some time out to reflect and evaluate.
Then I remembered a story in the Bible that you too might remember from Sunday School, about a guy called Balaam and his donkey.
Balaam was on his way to do something he wasn’t supposed to and because he had his heart so set on his mission, his ears were blocked to hear of any other alternatives. So the way God got his attention was to make his normally well-behaved donkey act up, to the point that Balaam gets so angry and beats the poor animal several times with a stick!
At this point God then opens Balaam’s eyes to see that actually, the only reason his donkey was misbehaving was because God had put an obstacle in his way in the form of a big ol’ angel with a drawn sword!
Balaam then has a conversation with God, repents of his actions and gets back in alignment with the original master plan, and it all ended happily ever after (well, sort of – you can read the story yourself in Numbers 22:21-39).
Back to the drawing board
But anyway, what does Balaam and his donkey have to do with me and my book?
I realised that, like Balaam, there was something I just wasn’t seeing and something that was blocking the flow of this book. And then it hit me! I needed to go back to the drawing board with the original plan!!!
That plan involved writing a book that would benefit all jobseekers; a book that would contain practical advice about everything job hunting related, and written in a way that anyone can read, making use of some of the best content from my blog from over the last two years or so!
Now when I hit the keyboard on this revised plan, the book literally flowed out of my pores! I couldn’t stop writing – so much so that I’ve ended up with over 50,000 words in the finished manuscript – more than double the size of my first book!
Presenting the new book…and the title
So with my journey now complete, I would like to present to you the book that I’ve been working on over these last 18 months; the book that has taken a lot of travailing to get out; the book that will absolutely change the situation of ANY jobseeker who picks it up and systematically applies what’s written inside it…
This book is called………
The Science of Successful Job Hunting: Practical strategies for landing ANY job you want
That’s it! I’m really excited about this book and I can’t wait for you to get hold of it!
But first I need your help in choosing the cover…
A choice of two book covers…
So, here are the two finalists for the cover of my new book (click the cover to enlarge).
I need your honest opinion on which one you prefer, and most importantly, why.
I want to know…
- Which one appeals to you more
- Which one would you be drawn to pick up at a crowded bookshop
- Which one makes you want to open the pages and keep on reading ’til the end
- …pretty much any (constructive) thoughts that come to you about any of the two covers!
You can leave your thoughts in the comments box below, or email me privately if you prefer.
I’m looking to get back to the designer this weekend with my decision, so if you can let me know your preference by midnight on Friday 11th July, that would be incredibly helpful.