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#1 J. Lea Lopez

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:10 PM

I won't be publishing this until much later this year, but I figured I'd start working on covers and learning my way around the technology now. These two are my rather rudimentary attempts, and I just made them today lol. What do you think?

Cali is also helping me out and tweaking some images for me, but I figured I'd just post my two for now.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:44 PM

My husband's verdict: first one is too plain, and second one is too "Vegas-y" lol

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 11:32 PM

I like the second one better. However, the writing doesn't do anything for me. The picture of the woman is a nice touch. She has that look of defiance maybe on her face. The heart to the right needs something.
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 11:36 PM

I too like the second over the first. : )

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:07 AM

The second one, definitely.
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:03 AM

As usual I will be the contradictory one, lol. I like the first -- it leaves more scope for imagination and also leaves open the possibility of someone who is not a woman picking up the book.
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:28 AM

Thanks everyone. Lit - that's an interesting take. My target audience will mostly be women, though I'd also love to have some men read it. I'm working on some other options with different models, and maybe even a couple as opposed to just a woman.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:52 AM

I like the first, but I think "NOT" should be more centered within the heart. =]

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:14 PM

Here's another one. Cali did this one for me because I was intimidated by cutting out this model with her curly hair haha. But this is my favorite model so far.

My main concern is that a model on a background in and of itself is very basic. This is a mainstream, up-market fiction type of story. I don't have anything I can think of to add to the cover to make it more interesting - no gears or victorian-styled stuff like Cali's books, or anything like that lol. What do you guys think about covers with just a person on a background? What would make you pick one up and not another? The attractiveness of the model? The title? Other stuff?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:17 PM

You could add a sparkle or two though I don't know if it's a "sparkly" type of book (or cover).

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:35 PM

Yeah, definitely not a sparkly type of book lol

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:42 PM

The new one looks YA to me. But I'm thinking it isn't a YA book?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:02 PM

The new one looks YA to me. But I'm thinking it isn't a YA book?


Nope, not YA. The female MC is 17 to start, but the content is adult.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:04 PM

Okay, one more. I really have to stop spending all my time looking at pictures and putting these together haha. I need to finish editing the thing! Not to mention prepare the short story collections I plan on pubbing months before this one.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:08 PM

For me, I actually prefer a nice balance for a cover, something not too plain but not over the top. If it's too busy I'm hesitant to pick it up because I'm afraid the storytelling itself will be just as convoluted.

I took a look at these when you first posted 'em but got sidetracked before commenting and now things've changed lol. I really like Cali's, I like the simplicity of it and the effects on wording and the model. I think I prefer this one over the others because it leaves more to the imagination. It cold be about romance or it could be about domestic issues, it's wide open. The others gave me a very distinct romance feel and that wasn't doing a whole lot for me. (But then again, I don't read romance sooo, that's not entirely an objective opinion there :unsure: ) Like Jean said it does look a little YA at first but that's okay if the MC is 17 right?

My only suggestions would be if you could make the 'NOT' more prominent like in your latest cover, it holds more weight that way. It looks a little bigger than the rest of the title in Cali's version but only if you're really looking for it. I'm also not sure about the water droplets in the background. What about bringing that to the foreground and making it look more like a window that the woman is behind? Also the edges of her hair bother me a bit, like they're too jagged in some spots, if that makes sense?

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:11 AM

Thanks Jace! The text can definitely be tweaked. Her hair probably looks like that because Cali had to "make" the top of her head (the original pic is cut off at the top) and cut out some wispy pieces around the edges. We could probably get it a little better looking with the high quality image if we end up going that way.

I'm still not too sure on the YA-look thing. I'm not marketing it that way, and I don't necessarily want to give that impression. While she is 17/18 and in high school for the first half of the book, there are adult situations. Like a love affair with a teacher lol. And the second half of the book is after she graduates college.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

Okay, one more. I really have to stop spending all my time looking at pictures and putting these together haha. I need to finish editing the thing! Not to mention prepare the short story collections I plan on pubbing months before this one.



I actually liked the very first one that was just text. The second one (with the woman's profile) had me feeling that the title did not fit the image, and I have to add that Sorry may not be enough, but that woman's cleavage certainly is! :laugh:

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:27 PM

I actually liked the very first one that was just text. The second one (with the woman's profile) had me feeling that the title did not fit the image, and I have to add that Sorry may not be enough, but that woman's cleavage certainly is! :laugh:


Oh bones.... haha there's hardly any cleavage showing! :tongue:

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

Oh bones.... haha there's hardly any cleavage showing! :tongue:

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Oh bones.... haha there's hardly any cleavage showing! :tongue:



I have magnet eyes when it comes to cleavage, what can I say? :tongue:

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