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#1 Rick Spilman

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:00 PM

Two variations on the same image for "Hell Around the Horn." The novel is about the voyage of a windjammer around Cape Horn in the particularly brutal winter of 1905.

Does the basic image work? How do the covers look as thumbnails? Is one preferable to the other?

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:10 PM

One more variation.


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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:16 PM

As the text size is the same, I think the third option is the best. I like the gold letters more than the white.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:26 PM

Overall concept looks good and seems to have the right feel.

While the gold may be better stylistically, I think you're going to get better legibility at small thumbnail sizes with the white--either of the first two options--due to the contrast. When I zoomed my browser out a couple of steps to see the images at approximately the size they might show up on a search results list or on a color e-reading device (tablet, phone), I couldn't make out the text on any of them. You might play with Option B, increasing the font size and either eliminating the bevel/inner shadow (hard to tell from here which you used) or at least decrease its size/angle. While it looks nice at full size, it tends to muddy up the text as the image gets smaller.

(Part of me kind of likes Option A best, but you'll have a hard time increasing the font size much and still having the title fit on one line, without squishing the text.)
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:28 PM

I agree, the gold letters pop nicely from the background.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:36 PM

Rick, I think I like C best, and I think you're off to a great start, but it still sort of feels like a self-pub'd cover. Maybe add some additional depth or dimension by shading the outer edges, or highlighting (with brushes) various parts of the ship, or adding additional graphics? I think a greater contrast between the colors would make things pop a bit more. Also, maybe skip the italic in the title font and get a font that has a bit more character and a more similar feel to the novel? I think it just needs that additional bit of layering.

Here are a few covers which I thought might give you a few ideas for layering or fonts...
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:40 PM

I would respectfully disagree with Calista that it looks self published. I think it is very reminiscent of older books in this genre. I found a whole page of them here.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:50 PM

I would respectfully disagree with Calista that it looks self published. I think it is very reminiscent of older books in this genre. I found a whole page of them here.


Robin, I'd agree that it's very reminiscent of older books in the genre, but I also feel that the "marketing" and style of book covers has come a long way since then. I think a more current feeling book cover will help sell books, esp. if you're trying to capture the attention of the most amount of readers that'll be browsing.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:26 PM

I like B best. I'll admit I didnt' read others' comments so forgive me if I repeat. I like B because it looks the "youngest and freshest." A with it's bands at top and bottom seems staid and old fashioned to my eye. As for the writing -- imo the white writing pops without introducing a color that is totally absent from the artwork itself.
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:09 PM

I like B the best, but I like the second cover Cali attached - Mountains of Gold. I like the parchment looking banner, and it would be a way to combine the best of A and B. I like the white better than the gold, and I love your image.
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:05 AM

After looking at them again, I noticed that the image for C is different in color from B. I like the B image colors, but the C text colors. Calista may have a point about marketing. I think it might be the placement and font of your text. Not sure. I really like the image and it seems to force the text to be just where it is. I'd say compare it to you competition in your subgenre and see if it stacks up to the competition.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:28 AM

I like B better, but you need to make the font larger. The words will be hard to read, especially your name, in the thumbnail size. Your name is almost hard to read now. You have plenty of room to increase the font size.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:56 AM

Thanks everyone for their comments and suggestions. Very helpful.

I also like the gold font, but only for about an hour or two before it gets to bug me. It ends up introducing more sepia than I like into the cover.

Cali, I may be making a mistake, but I wanted the cover to be different from the typical "nautical" cover that usually features the painting of ship or ships. I thought that the image of the single sail with a large wave behind it might be just different enough. I am still going back and forth as to whether that is the right choice. I have added some shading to the outer edges, as you suggested. I have also changed the font which didn't work.

Now I need to get back to finish the third rewrite.

Thanks again for all the comments.

Here is a revised version of the cover in a 200 x 150 thumbnail, linked to a larger limage :

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:17 AM

Rick, I definitely like this one better. I also like that it's a sail versus the entire ship, and think the picture itself is a great choice.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:55 AM

Text is much more legible at small sizes now, pops nicely. :smile:
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:18 PM

Next question... When can I read it?

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:32 PM

I like it -esp. the shading around the edges. Ditto Robin's question.
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:36 PM

Next question... When can I read it?



Soon...I hope.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:23 PM

I really like the newest version. The font looks much better not in italics. I also like the shading around the edge. From what I've read, it seems to portray your book very well.
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