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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2011, 10:10:58 AM »
What genre is the novel?

As an Urban fantasy/Paranormal addict - I'd pick up a book that had a cover of a chick with wings first. That piques my interest immediately.  Though the wings should be more prominent.

The 2nd cover does pop more. But it makes me think paranormal romance.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2011, 05:13:56 PM »
#2 that the best of the two

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2011, 05:41:05 PM »
#2 because she is larger, BUT:

Her head is too close to the top margin -- I would add a little space.

I had to stare at it for a while to see the top word is "damnation."

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2011, 04:48:02 PM »
How about this one? (I got sick of looking at the yellowish color.)


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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2011, 05:44:24 PM »
I like this one a lot better.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2011, 08:24:40 AM »
I like it a lot better too, but I'm not 100% sure about the stylized wings. I'm thinking it might look better with actual feathery wings. Or would that be too much detail?

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2011, 08:31:13 AM »
This one is better. It definitely makes it clear she has wings (in the old version, it took me a while to realize that's what they were). Seeing her wings makes the genre more clear, I think.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2011, 09:40:51 AM »
I don't think that feathery wings do any harm.
It might make it clearer that the wings are hers rather than being something that "overshadows" her. I might like to have a little more detail on the rubble in the foreground to connect the building to her better.  So that we are visually convinced that she is in an urban setting of destruction.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2011, 09:43:53 AM »
I prefer the second one, too!! It's great cover.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2011, 10:04:33 AM »
Considering the pictures of your other books, I think cover 2 works very well.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2011, 11:08:33 AM »
Thanks guys!

The wings aren't meant to be "real," since they're just a manifestation of energy in the book, but I think having something feathery might be more appealing to the eye. I'll have to keep playing with it. :) (Of course, I never stop playing with my covers. Major downside to doing one's own designs.)

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #36 on: November 23, 2011, 06:17:26 PM »
Gasp!!! I love this version!!  I think the stylized wings work perfectly ....They catch the eye dynamically.  And then when you look closer, you see the detail ... not regular feathers, but transparent, adding a new dimension to the piece.

I showed this to my brother, graphic artist, and he agreed with much of the comments here and totally likes the improvements made.  Great work!
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #37 on: November 23, 2011, 06:20:37 PM »
The first one is way better. #2 is so close-up that it looks badly framed, with the head virtually touching the edge.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #38 on: November 23, 2011, 07:20:49 PM »
I love the latest one. I think it looks really eye-catching and professional.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #39 on: November 23, 2011, 07:46:31 PM »
The wings aren't meant to be "real," since they're just a manifestation of energy in the book

I was thinking angels with the wings. I would be disappointed if I thought it was a fallen angel/demon book and turned out it wasn't. But so pretty! Much improved.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2011, 07:52:14 PM »
#2 as well

I love all your covers, but you know I might be biased.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2011, 07:53:31 PM »
Good to know, Briana -- your covers are beautiful!

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2011, 10:05:13 PM »
What genre is the novel?

As an Urban fantasy/Paranormal addict - I'd pick up a book that had a cover of a chick with wings first. That piques my interest immediately.  Though the wings should be more prominent.

The 2nd cover does pop more. But it makes me think paranormal romance.

I agree -- think about the genre, and let that inform your choices.  I like the wings, too, and I like that they are subtle.  I'm a believer in trying to get potential readers to lean in for a second look.  ("Wait, are those wings?")
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2011, 06:59:01 AM »
I liked #2 better.
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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2011, 07:13:59 AM »
Second one for me too.  Though obviously similar, the second one makes more of an impact.  Gets up close to the character, without loosing the background.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2011, 08:17:04 PM »
Good to know, Brina -- your covers are beautiful!

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #46 on: November 25, 2011, 12:08:40 AM »
I like the new cover, too. It fits the genre better.

May I add 2 criticisms with my apologies? I'm trying to be helpful:

1. The building reminds me of WWII. If this is the idea, then great. Otherwise, I'd be expecting a WWII story, or at least a war time story. I don't know, something in the look is very WWII for me. Maybe because I'm obsessed with wartime books.

2. I had real trouble reading your name. Couldn't figure out which direction to read. Had to check your forum moniker. This is probably just me, I always deal with European, Chinese / Japanese, and Hebrew / Arabic texts which all use different directions... Also the first letter of the title (D) made me stop and re-read to confirm my understanding. Please do feel free to ignore me, because I'm probably unique on this one.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #47 on: November 25, 2011, 12:17:33 AM »
I like number 2

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #48 on: November 25, 2011, 09:20:24 AM »
Thank you all for your helpful feedback. I decided to take the general visual aesthetic of the entire series in a different direction, since the text seemed too difficult to read. You can see that I completely changed the cover to Death's Hand here (where it was formerly like this; PB is in the process of changing too).

I'm going to make a whole new cover for book two. The cover we're discussing in this thread is book three, and I like it so much I'm keeping it, although I've changed the titles. (I'm considering a bolder font since it would be hard to read thumbnailed on Amazon.)



All the feedback has been extremely enlightening. I appreciate the help a ton.

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Re: Which cover do you like better?
« Reply #49 on: November 25, 2011, 09:35:49 AM »
I like the changes and the graphical continuity in the covers for the series.
I went off and "bought" Death's Hand.


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