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Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« on: November 19, 2017, 07:03:28 AM »
So my new series of traditional mysteries with a cosy flavour is coming along and should be done in the next few weeks.

Here are two cover options for book 1, it would be good to get people's thoughts. As you can see they're pretty different! I think the trend at the moment in traditional mystery is for country scenes and my series is based in English villages so it would make sense. The other design is more along the lines of stylised mystery covers such as the recent Agatha Christie covers.

All thoughts welcome!




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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 07:15:18 AM »
Side by side view:



I think the building on the right with the grass is too bright and cheery. I think it needs some shadow work. The building looks like the sun is at the highest point but the cloud cover indicates the sun should barely be getting through on the right side. So it doesn't look like it fits in the scene.

Right now I prefer the left cover since it's blended well and has a nice vibe. If the right cover got shadowed properly, I'd be hard pressed to say which I prefer. On second thought, I think I'd still prefer the left cover. 
« Last Edit: November 19, 2017, 07:27:06 AM by C. Gold »

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 07:15:37 AM »
I really like the first one!

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 07:20:54 AM »
I much prefer the first one too.

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2017, 07:21:35 AM »
I think you can work with the 2nd one to make it less cheerful and make the elements blend more. Right now it looks a bit copy and paste. The Photoshop brush leaves aren't working for me. Either make them stand out for what they are, or leave them off because they're not really blending.

The title font in the first one needs kerning. The letter spacing is not consistent.

The fonts in the second one are dancing. You've got a narrow font, then a wide display font. I'd go with fonts that compliment each other. You don't need that super narrow title font, you have plenty of room.

I'd also make the series title a little more special? right now it's just stuck there, floating in the middle. Give it more of a logo treatment maybe? Perhaps just set it horizontally in a coloured box along the top or bottom...or in a circle?
« Last Edit: November 19, 2017, 07:23:42 AM by Catchy »

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2017, 07:23:07 AM »
They are both lovely, but I really like the one on the left.  It grabs my attention.
             

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2017, 07:25:30 AM »
The first one by far. It says fun fiction I will enjoy to me.

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 07:43:07 AM »
If you're using Photoshop, I can send you the layered colours to create a filter like this, if you want.

« Last Edit: November 19, 2017, 07:48:44 AM by Catchy »

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 07:47:16 AM »
First one!

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 07:55:49 AM »
Wow!

Posted this, nipped out to walk the dog and came back to all this loveliness!

Thanks for all your opinions and kind offers of help.

This was actually a slightly loaded question as I'd already kind of landed on the first one (so much so that I've already created a few others for the series!) and was just wanting some outside assurance I wasn't being an idiot.


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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2017, 08:07:26 AM »
Wow!

Posted this, nipped out to walk the dog and came back to all this loveliness!

Thanks for all your opinions and kind offers of help.

This was actually a slightly loaded question as I'd already kind of landed on the first one (so much so that I've already created a few others for the series!) and was just wanting some outside assurance I wasn't being an idiot.
Hahaha! I declare you free of idiocy (in this matter anyway!) ;)

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2017, 08:34:29 AM »
Another vote for the left one.  The vector-type style does not work on all kinds of mysteries, but for an Agatha Christie type book it is great.

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2017, 08:53:40 AM »
I like the first one as well :)


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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2017, 09:02:41 AM »
As a fan of Agatha Christie (I love love love her books), I favor the second one. It looks more menacing and creepy, promising a haunting and dark mystery that will be hard for me to solve. I'd pick up #2 over #1 even though #1 is still spot on for the traditional mystery. So if you're going for her audience there's my vote. :)
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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2017, 09:13:33 AM »
The first one.

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2017, 09:46:15 AM »
I really like them both. The second one is probably my general favorite (You do need to darken it; I agree it's currently too bright.), but since the second one is more creepy and menacing, the first cover probably describes your book better.  Good for you! :)
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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2017, 10:00:47 AM »
I like the first one. It stands out more than the second and looks more original while still conveying genre IMO.

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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2017, 10:02:46 AM »
Easily 1st.

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« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2017, 10:11:53 AM »
I agree that the first one is the winner. Is your series historical? This says historical to me and reminds me of the Charles Todd and Maisie Dobbs novels. If that's your target, well done!

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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2017, 03:15:45 PM »
Definitely the first. Something about a photo of a church/grass/sky together shouts low quality to me. I think the advice on changing the second cover would make it better, but it'd still feel off for me.

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« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2017, 03:55:12 PM »
The one of the left speaks to me.
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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2017, 06:30:45 PM »
I prefer the first cover (on the left), however, I would pull that pinkish/orange cloud color from the second option and use that for your tint on the first cover (instead of the yellow and blue tints). Then, I would change the font color to white for your title, so it pops against the darker color and is consistent with the white in the font used for your name.

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Re: Cover battle... TO THE DEATH!
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2017, 07:22:19 PM »
I like the first one much better. For some reason it makes me think of a hot and muggy dawn in New Orleans. Not exactly England, but a city intimately acquainted with death and ghosts ;-)

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