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Here are three versions. Which works best? Personally I like the one with just "EX-NAVY SEAL EXPLOIT SERIES." (I figure they can always see what book number it is in the series from the Amazon product page.)





 

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Gregg, I'd leave out 'exploits' in the title area - make it "Ex-Navy Seal Series ...  I'd add 'Book One" or Two, whatever it is, above your author name - in slightly smaller print.  I like the cover, in general tho'.
 

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Prefer the 1st one. Great cover.

 

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if you're hoping to write more books in the series, and you're hoping that readers will buy all of them, then you need the book number on the cover. Or else your readers are going to be looking at 2 or 3 or more of your books and won't have any idea which one is first without opening it, or trying to find a series order somewhere.

Your books may be purchased one at a time, but a lot of people don't like to start series until it's complete. Maybe they'll bulk purchase them, and then not have time to read for a week. Expect your books to have a life beyond someone looking at it on the purchase page on amazon.

Numerals are easier for the eye to catch, so I vote for number 3.
 

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First book option. Also agree having the book number is important.
(the last cover with 'series #1' could be misread as 'this is a book from the first series' as it's not clear it's the first book of the only series).

I know you've done a lot of work on the cover (swash boats look cool, you made a good choice), an idea for the other books in the series is you could use the same image and just change the hue. Where this one is primarily green you could shift the next one to blue and the final one (if doing a trilogy) to red. Keep the other elements consistent like the fonts and placement of book number. Might save you a lot of artwork costs and tie the books together.

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wearywanderer64 said:
Great cover. I agree with the other poster. I would leave out Exploits as I read it as a double meaning i.e. The navy seals exploit, as in exploitation. Could be just me?
Thanks wanderer. I've had my doubts about "exploits" (I was looking to avoid "adventures" which was in the previous trilogy.)
 

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K'Sennia Visitor said:
if you're hoping to write more books in the series, and you're hoping that readers will buy all of them, then you need the book number on the cover. Or else your readers are going to be looking at 2 or 3 or more of your books and won't have any idea which one is first without opening it, or trying to find a series order somewhere.

Your books may be purchased one at a time, but a lot of people don't like to start series until it's complete. Maybe they'll bulk purchase them, and then not have time to read for a week. Expect your books to have a life beyond someone looking at it on the purchase page on amazon.

Numerals are easier for the eye to catch, so I vote for number 3.
I think you're right, K'Sennia. Why make it harder for the reader. Thank you.
 

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jvin248 said:
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First book option. Also agree having the book number is important.
(the last cover with 'series #1' could be misread as 'this is a book from the first series' as it's not clear it's the first book of the only series).

I know you've done a lot of work on the cover (swash boats look cool, you made a good choice), an idea for the other books in the series is you could use the same image and just change the hue. Where this one is primarily green you could shift the next one to blue and the final one (if doing a trilogy) to red. Keep the other elements consistent like the fonts and placement of book number. Might save you a lot of artwork costs and tie the books together.

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Thanks jvin. I'm really leaning toward going with the first version. And yeah, I love the idea of the tinting for the branding, but the next book's setting will be in the Rocky Mountains so the tinting pretty much won't work.
 
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