It’s time I revealed a little bit more about my book.
I’ve created this website for my future exploits as an author. I’ve told you that I’ve been writing (and writing and writing). I will tell you that I’ve been editing (and editing and editing). But, right now, it’s time for a moment of fun in between all that work.
So here I give you – tadaaa! – the cover, freshly back from my talented cover designer Nicole:
It’s not set in stone quite yet, but it has all the elements I wanted on there: Uhm, Mount Kilimanjaro and toilet paper.
Actually, I had no idea what I wanted on there. That’s why I hired a professional. All I had was a bunch of pictures with the instruction to “make it humorous.” I really did not plan to have myself on the cover of my own book, to be honest, but Nicole has done a wonderful job of drawing a good-looking cartoon version of me, don’t you think?
The reason it’s not set in stone yet is that I cannot make up my frikkin’ (as co-climber and major character in the book Mike would say) mind about the title.
Kilimanjaro Diaries: The Housewife Guide to Climbing Africa’s Highest Peak
This is just the working title. Nicole thinks it’s too long. “You should leave some of the story for INSIDE the book,” were her words. I don’t disagree. My husband hates the word “housewife.” Although he doesn’t ever complain about it when I do the things that housewives are supposed to do, quite the contrary.
Here is one suggested by my editor:
Pole Pole: A Housewife on the Roof of Africa
She seems to be partial to housewives too (we came to our titles independently). Here are some other title ideas I had on my list:
Pole Pole: And Other Tips for Surviving a Week on Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro: Dream Vacation of a Housewife
I can’t decide. Do I have to have the word Kilimanjaro on there, or is the image of it enough? Will spelling it out make it look like just another travel guide? Will the more mysterious Pole Pole better draw potential readers in, or only people who’ve climbed Kili before? Will it bother people who won’t know how to pronounce it? Will only armchair-traveling housewives buy my book? Is there anything wrong with that? Armchair-traveling housewives are the ones who initially gobbled up Fifty Shades of Grey, aren’t they? Though I admit armchair-traveling in a slightly different direction. And no, I don’t go in that direction, before you get your hopes up. Other than perhaps a few fantasies of my altitude-addled brain. Which also had trouble distinguishing between reality and fantasy, just to be perfectly frank.
Perhaps I can’t do too badly in the title department. I just came across a Kili memoir that had the word Zombies in the title. Zombies, you guys. I can’t do much worse than that, can I?
Still, tell me what you think. I need to make up my frikkin’ mind.