I paid an artist $200 for this.
Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:33 AM
This cover is quite lovely!
From the perspective of a reader, it makes me think of a cover you would find on one of the historical classics, like an Austin book.
From a marketing perspective, it's clean, the title is clear and concise, and the artwork is very detailed whether you look at it in real-size, or enlarge it to look at smaller pieces of the whole image.
K. J. Harrowick
Fantasy & Science Fiction Writer
Posted 29 April 2014 - 01:56 PM
I don't want to sound as harsh as S.A. Hunt- BUT they're kinda right. If I had $200 to spend on a cover I'd commission Hunt who has some mad design skillz.
One thing you can do to help the cover- if you have Photoshop and some basic skills, is change the fonts. The title font should be different from the font the author's name is in. Your name should be a little bigger too. You might add a texture on top of the art as well as an overlay layer or multiply layer.
And for $200 I would expect a bit more on the coloring side of things. They didn't do a great job. It's very flat. And again additional work in Photoshop COULD conceivably fix it up a bit.
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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:00 PM
I got suckered? It's not worth the price? I don't think so. Do you know how many times the artist and I went back and forth, her sending me examples, my revising them? She originally had the American with a bayonet. I told her, the Americans didn't have bayonets. In one example, she reversed the image and gave it a west-to-east point of view. I told her, there were no Americans on the west side of the bridge. I had proposals from artists who wanted fifty and a hundred dollars an hour. I can't imagine drawing that image in less than 10 hours. I'm happy with it. It perfectly reflects the high point of my plot. My publisher said, "I like her work."
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