Cover for "Hell Around the Horn"
Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:00 PM
Does the basic image work? How do the covers look as thumbnails? Is one preferable to the other?
Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:16 PM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:26 PM
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.)
Posted 28 November 2011 - 05:36 PM
Here are a few covers which I thought might give you a few ideas for layering or fonts...
Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:40 PM
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.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:26 PM
Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:09 PM
Writing as Evelyn Adams
Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:05 AM
Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:28 AM
Richard P Hughes a.k.a. R Patrick Hughes
Posted 29 November 2011 - 10:56 AM
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 :
Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:55 AM
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