Hi, I created this cover for my MG fantasy novel,The Traitor in the Trees. I didn't draw the pictures, I had an artist draw each of the elements a couple years ago, and decided to merge them together for the cover. Please feel free to offer advice.
Please critique my book jacket
Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:21 AM
I'll take a stab at it. But these are just my novice opinions.
I love the colors but the writing is hard to see and read, especially "the" "traitor in the trees". I literally had to zoom in to make it out. I wonder if you could do a fad of all the colors on the top so the writing would stick out more. I liked the font to traitor and you want people to see that, so if you can do a fad, or maybe play with different font sizes. It's best to have no picture behind words because they compete for attention.
The picture is perfect.
I would also make your name pop more. Maybe try a thicker font since your name isn't very long.
And as cute as the back cover picture is, it's incredibly hard to read the writing with so much going on. Could you fad the color a little so the writing stands out? Or maybe just have the person and leave everything above it a solid color.
I do like the way you have two color fonts though. It draws you in with the yellow and if you like that, you can read the rest...if you can see it. Right now, it hurts my eyes to read the white.
But, it's very striking and inviting. It would draw my attention for sure, but it wouldn't keep it because it hurts my eyes to read it. You just need to make the reading more legible.
Also -sorry to say but I just noticed the writing on the spine and I have been looking at this for like 10 minutes so that should probably pop more so that it JUMPS off the shelf.
Again - This is just my novice opinion. It's your cover so you have to like it.
Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:33 PM
Yeah, I agree with Sassalota that the text is hard to read, especially on the spine. The artwork and colors themselves are very nice. I'm not sure how to fix the readability issue, unfortunately--graphics are not my strong suit.
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