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Which cover do you like better?
« on: November 04, 2011, 04:02:55 PM »
I'm a graphic designer as well as a writer, so I do my own covers. This one is for a book I won't release until May/June, but I'm trying to pin it down for advance promotion purposes. Which one do you like better? Either one still needs a little tweaking before it's ready for prime time, obviously, but I just can't make up my mind.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2011, 04:18:47 PM »
#2 for me. I like how the woman is larger and there's that interesting building in the background.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2011, 04:37:55 PM »
I also like the bottom one (building) best.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2011, 04:40:03 PM »
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2011, 04:40:28 PM »
Yes, I'd go with #2 as well.  The model's face is much more defined.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2011, 04:56:04 PM »
#2 by far.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2011, 04:58:02 PM »
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2011, 04:58:19 PM »
Definitely Building, no. 2. All the images are bigger, crisper, stronger.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2011, 05:11:22 PM »
I'm going to be completely contrary and say I like #1 best. It's because of the wings. It makes me think this is a supernatural/paranormal story, and I'm drawn to those sorts of books. The second cover doesn't give me that feel at all. (So, if it's not supernatural, then I suppose #2 is the better choice.  :) )
                    
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2011, 07:03:09 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback. It makes the decision a lot easier. :)

Can you tell the second one is urban fantasy, though?

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 07:39:13 PM »
Me too!
#2 for me. I like how the woman is larger and there's that interesting building in the background.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2011, 08:09:19 PM »
I'm going to be completely contrary and say I like #1 best. It's because of the wings. It makes me think this is a supernatural/paranormal story, and I'm drawn to those sorts of books. The second cover doesn't give me that feel at all. (So, if it's not supernatural, then I suppose #2 is the better choice.  :) )

I actually couldn't tell they were wings at first glance. I did notice after I looked at it for a few moments. I think the building is a lot more interesting, especially since the woman's face is closer to me in the second. The wings are too dark. They'd need to be just a bit lighter for it to be readily apparent that they are wings, IMO. The shape at the edge is the only thing that made me notice they were wings.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2011, 08:10:20 PM »
I like the second one, as well.  Something about the shadow over the head of the person in the photo is distracting in the first one.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2011, 08:19:41 PM »
I am gonna be odd as well. #1, although the wings should be a little more defined, just feels more ominous, dark, and paranormal to me. The second one doesn't give me a good feel for the subject matter. It could cover a number of different genres.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2011, 08:21:07 PM »
I actually couldn't tell they were wings at first glance. I did notice after I looked at it for a few moments. I think the building is a lot more interesting, especially since the woman's face is closer to me in the second. The wings are too dark. They'd need to be just a bit lighter for it to be readily apparent that they are wings, IMO. The shape at the edge is the only thing that made me notice they were wings.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2011, 08:36:11 PM »
After some deliberation, #2 is the better-looking cover, but I'm conflicted - #2 is a better looking cover, but I'd actually click on #1 to have a look (I sort of pull a dramatic chipmunk move when I see a cover with wings).
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2011, 08:51:40 PM »
I like Building.

With Wings I can't tell if she's standing, stooping, leaning,...
And I couldn't even see the wings at first, even with the larger size. They sort of look like a shadow or another person behind her.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2011, 07:14:45 AM »
I prefer #1 to be honest. It doesn't look as crowded to me and it's the first cover I'd click out of the two.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2011, 07:43:22 AM »
I prefer #1 also. I love the wings and got they were wings right away when looking at it.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2011, 07:58:50 AM »
I prefer #1 better as long as the wings can be better defined. Like the flow of the arm from the author name into the title, then it's capped by the shoulders. In #2, the head takes over and is way too close to the top (although the building is a nice touch).

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2011, 08:04:31 AM »
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2011, 08:17:05 AM »
If the subject is urban fantasy, then #2 is far better.
But I say that because I did not notice that there were wings until it was mentioned here.
Now if the subject is apocalyptic drama, then I would vote for the wings, but better defined.

There is a mid-point that one could use by making the figure even less big and providing both defined wings and the urban setting.
This would provide the urban fantasy/paranormal image combined.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2011, 09:38:12 AM »
I kind of agree with this suggestion:

There is a mid-point that one could use by making the figure even less big and providing both defined wings and the urban setting.

While the face and building look dynamic in 2, it seems like the wings are a big part of the story.  Might be cool and interesting to work the wings in there somehow by making the figure in 2 a bit smaller, providing room for an explosion of wings and feathers shooting off to the left ... leaving space for the building and sky to loom on the right side.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2011, 09:57:45 AM »
That's a cool idea. I'll have to try another draft.