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Cover feedback - military SF
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:39:40 AM »
I can't be objective about my own covers. Please let me know what you think.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 11:48:23 AM »
The black background bothers me. I feel it takes away from the impact of the ship because it makes it look more like a 3D model than an actual ship. Adding a simple stars background should fix it, specially if you play with the lighting in the ship to blend it a little. The other thing is the text, that green of the subtitle is really bright. It leaves a disconnected impression with the rest of the covers that sport darker, duller colors.
 

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 12:00:42 PM »
I agree with the above, although I do like the covers.  I seem to always like spaceships.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 12:33:39 PM »
I think the bright green font looks odd and nothing seems like it blends very well. I would remove the block behind the green series title.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 12:40:23 PM »
FWIW I'd buy them.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 02:25:49 PM »
I do like the look of 2 and 3 more than 1--prolly has to do with them having some stardust behind the ships.

If you're MARRIED to "green," I might suggest something a little darker or warmer. The green in the series title as it stands seems out of place to me. But meh. Better than my covers!

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 02:49:44 PM »
It's serviceable. It has the elements you'd expect from a military science fiction cover, but it lacks that something special that catches the eye. I don't know if you have the skill to pull it off, but you could look at some of Jay Allan's or Daniel Arenson's covers (for his Earthrise series). To me, those are covers that are very much to market.

To my eye, your backgrounds just aren't interesting enough.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 03:47:20 PM »
I agree with others on the green text and black BG in the first cover are off-putting. A ship's natural habitats usually involve stars; adding them, or any other space-related element, would help.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 04:08:41 PM »
The neon green and maroon stripe make the covers look ugly. Those colors clash and need to be changed to something that will blend better. And ditch the stripe--I don't see popular covers using that.

The first cover needs a star background.

The second cover the background atmosphere matches the ship color so they tend to blend in too much rather than creating interesting contrast. I kind of want there to be lights down there or something to indicate a populated planet rather than random background gasses. It's not bad as it is, but it could use a little more. Or, if that's a nebula, then it could use some back lighting to filter through the less dense gas clumps.

The third cover, the planet is another unlit planet. I like how the darkness contrasts with the ship yet they are both the same color. However, what's with the atmosphere coming off the planet on the left side? Here I'd expect to see star background of space, not blue stuff emanating from the planet. If that's supposed to be a nebula, then make it a different shade that compliments the blue but contrasts enough that we can tell it is a nebula. Also, I'd add city lights to the planet unless it is really supposed to be uninhabited.

There's too much sameness in color with the ships and their backgrounds in covers 2 and 3. This is why they seem boring even though the ships themselves are very nicely detailed. Add a touch of another color and these should perk right up.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 05:03:44 PM »
I'd go with #3, if only because the ship in the other two is an over-used stock image. I know because I almost used it myself.

I also agree that a lack of stars looks odd.
 

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 02:15:15 AM »
I agree with the comments on backgrounds and using the same stock image for the first two books. I think the typography for the title and your name are excellent and fit the genre well. I like the green and I think that it is very useful to have your books looking like popular books in your genre but then have a small element that makes them distinct. Given the link to your series title, I think the green is the way to go. Although I think the idea is spot on, it does look a little 'stuck on'. You have some colour gradients and texture on your title and name. I'd play with those techniques on your series title so that it still pops in a thumbnail, but feels more blended in. Good luck.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2018, 04:42:30 AM »
I'm not convinced by the smaller 'of'. I feel it unbalances the title.
I also agree about the plain black background.

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Re: Cover feedback - military SF
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 08:27:13 AM »
Thanks, everybody. I appreciate the feedback. I'll post version 2 in a few days.