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After considering everyone's comments from cover try #1 (see http://tinyurl.com/6doqwts) I have worked out the following cover options and need everyone's opinions and thoughts on how to make it better.

Which style do you like the best and why?
What isn't working in the other options and why?

As suggested in the comments on my first try, I lightened up the background and color balanced to bring out more of the red the dress. I also trimmed the photo to focus more on the couple.

I switched up the font types, colors and effects. I also dropped the blurb for now. I welcome font, color and style suggestions, as well.

As a reminder, the story is an erotic romance with gothic overtones. There is explicit sex, but not so much that it takes over the story. It is, rather, part of the story that helps develop the happily ever after.

Thank you all once again! ;D
Donna Mixon

#1 - Abagail font


#2 - Abracadabra font


#3 - ALS Script font


#4 - Amazone font


#5 - Arenski font


#6 - Betsy font


#7 - Better Heather font


#8 - Book Antiqua font


#9 - Caligula font


#10 - Papyrus font
 

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I prefer number 2, I like the font and full colour of the text, I think it looks more professional.
 

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Starting from the bottom, the first blue. There is nothing I would dismiss in the other ones if I had seen them one at the time, but at first glance that is the one I liked the most.
 

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The 'pop' (bevelled effect) in some of the fonts makes them look amateur; simpler the better. If you want a text effect, maybe use a metallic tint and simple lettering. Also, maybe think about having your name or the title in All Caps or put one into a simple font. You dont want any left-leaning fonts as handwriting that slopes to the left denote introspection and secrecy. 4, 5 & 8 have potential with the titles, play around a bit with them. I like the red font but the blue is growing on me, too. Just needs to be a less greeny blue to match the colouring of the illustration, I think.

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The second from the last blue. Blue for sure, but fonts still need work. I think the italic fonts are too much and don't look professional, while the cover art looks great. Look up Barbary Point by Alan Nayes. Simplistic with just the right amount of curve to the fonts. PJ
 

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I second the notion of putting your name in a "plain" font. I also like blue better than red for the title.

Honestly, however, I'm not particularly crazy about any of the fonts. I like the sixth one down the most, although the color blue you've picked is a little hard to read. You might try using the color of the torches in the picture for the font. Use your color picker tool to grab it in Photoshop (if that's what you're using.)

Since the book is erotic romance, have you tried trolling sites like Samhain Publishing or Ellora's Cave (although I think Samhain's covers are generally superior) for ideas on the title styles?
 

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The font style and size, color, slant and other effects (bevel, emboss, shadow, glow, stroke, etc) are all very easy to fix.

One of the BIGGEST problems with fonts I have had is finding one with a legible "G".  Too many have absolutely AWFUL "G"s.

If any of you know the name of a font that would work better, I am game to try it.  As for color of font, would a banner with the title and/or author look on it look better?

I am not an artist by trade (rather I am a retired accountant), so all of your thoughts on how to make this better are really helping me learn.

While I did the very first cover (see link in first post) strictly in PhotoShop, I have done these in InDesign. For those who are not aware, it is SO easy to make it work in InDesign (even with quite a learning curve).
 

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yes. fonts. these aren't working in your favor.

I'd go with a modern serif -- something with relatively high contrast between the thick and thin strokes.

try a Caslon .. maybe the 540.

Cheltenham would be good.

Stay away from Palatino.

I'd also crop the frame down a bit. There's a lot of extra detail there when you want the focus to be that breathless moment of exposed throat.

just me.
 

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rsullivan9597 said:
How about something like this.....

oOo! This one! :D

jhanel said:
brain.... stuck... information .... overload... (* bbzzzzzz .. pop. *)
I'm STILL LOL'ing at this. haha :D
 

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Thank you Robin for offering your and Michael's assistance during our conversation last night.

So which font did Michael choose? It looks like Corsiva or MS Script. I was actually working with those for my remaining few attempts that I was going to offer for comment before we made our final decision.

I've been a big fan of his artwork, it certainly carried over to his work here.

rsullivan9597 said:
How about something like this.....
 
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