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E-Book Cover Contest for March

Here we are with the e-book cover contests. There are many covers in the contest. Each winner will get his desired cover. We will cover all genres in our contests.
We are a small but devotional team with only one designer, who works voluntarily in order to help some authors and just to get some credit for his work. It is up to you if you want to give a credit to the artist.

List of the covers in the contest:




Some questions you might want to ask:


Q: How can I enter the contest?


A: It is very simple. You will have to pay 10$ in order to enter the contest. Just email us, and we will get back to you. After paying the fee, you can enter the contest through the poll on our blog. Make sure to enter the contest with the same name you provide us in your email.

Q: What if I don't win?


A: That's why we put a lot of covers, so everyone can win.

Q: But I still have concern regarding my 10$.


A: If you lose, you can get a cover from us for an additional 40$. Your 10$ are safe. Just email us whenever your book is ready, no matter if it takes years, and we will provide you your cover.

Q: What if I don't like the cover I paid 40$ for?


A: You can reject it unlimited time. We don't compromise on our standard.

Q: If I win, can I get some changing in my cover according to my theme?


A: Obviously, you can. There are some covers which can go with multiple genres. A little typography, color combination, removing and adding some stuff can give a magic.

Q: Why is it only for e-book?

A: We could have done the contest for print layouts, if there were only couple of covers. We put a lot of covers, and preparing of their print layouts will take so much time. You can ask a designer, and he will do it for you. If you want us to do this service for you, we will gladly do it for our own covers, but you will have to pay us for this. However, that would be your winning cover, and we will give you 50% discount on it.

Q: Why is there an entry fee?


A: It covers the expenditure and enables us to get moving with our endeavor.

We hope that you are satisfied now. Please, share your thoughts here for suggestions and improvements.

For entry fee, email us:
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Sorry, it is the first time experience of using a blog...did not know about it.

We just started and will upgrade the blog. At the moment, we can remove the stuff from there and can accept entry though email. Thank you for letting us know.

Not sure which sites you are referring about. If it is so, we won't be able to do this now.
 

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Still don't understand why I should pay $10 if so many of these types of sites are free. Also I don't understand what happens "if you lose". Pay $40? For what?

What service do you provide? A cover design service? If so, make everything free and just sell covers.

If you're going to charge $10 for entering, you want to have a really big audience for the blog, because then entering becomes like advertising.

As is, I really don't understand the service.
 

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I also don't understand. Are we all competing for one of the covers you posted?

In one place you say you have a lot of covers so that everyone can win, but immediately after that you say that if we lose we can pay another $40 for a custom design. If everyone wins, it's not really a contest. If it is a contest, you need to provide additional information - how long will the contest run for? Are the number of entries capped? How many winners will there be? If I don't get my first choice of cover, am I allowed to choose a different one?

You also mentioned your designer works voluntarily in exchange for credit. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that; if I'm paying for a cover (even if it's just $10), the designer should be getting at least some of that.
 

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@ Patty Jenson. I never came across those sites. I really want to see those 'FREE' sites. If thee are such sites, I would like to see their designs. Using just a typography on a stock photo is not always prestigious. There is a difference between prestigious site and quality covers. One can make his blog prestigious by just upgrading it. We cannot offer free entry, as our designer spent a lot of time on those covers. I don't think that We will ever be able to offer free entry, because our designer cannot compromise on his quality.  Can you show me some free sites? :)



 

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Joel Friedlander's design site host a monthly contest for designed covers for free. This is where people can enter their covers and one wins. He gets dozens of entries each month and posts all of them on the website. It's very nice to see what people are doing in terms of covers.

I said there were sites where people could enter their already-designed covers in a contest and it didn't cost them anything. Not sites where people give away covers for free.

I think Joel is a book/cover designer, but he doesn't charge until you hire him to do something.

I'm very confused about what you're trying to sell, and why people should spend their money.

I also continue to be baffled why my name is so hard to spell correctly.
 

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I also don't understand. Are we all competing for one of the covers you posted?

In one place you say you have a lot of covers so that everyone can win, but immediately after that you say that if we lose we can pay another $40 for a custom design. If everyone wins, it's not really a contest. If it is a contest, you need to provide additional information - how long will the contest run for? Are the number of entries capped? How many winners will there be? If I don't get my first choice of cover, am I allowed to choose a different one?

You also mentioned your designer works voluntarily in exchange for credit. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that; if I'm paying for a cover (even if it's just $10), the designer should be getting at least some of that.
I'm not a native speaker. Sorry for my bad English. Sometimes I cannot explain properly.
Contest time: 1 week
There are 15 covers, so there will be 15 winners.
Obviously if you don't get your first choice, you can take any other cover. But I understand your concern, which is 'Why don't I get my desired cover in the first place? I am also the winner same as the other one. Why he gets benefit over me?' We can solve this issue by he following rule:

An early entrant will get the benefit, if multiple authors will end up asking for the same cover? If you don't want to choose from the remaining covers, you can enter in the next contest free of cost? That's why we asked for the suggestions. This is the only solution came across my mind.

We wanted to put a limit to the entries only if we were able to include 30 covers. But we could only put 15 covers, so there is no limit. That's why we included 40$ cover offer for the person who does not win, so his 10$ won't get wasted.

The credit I just asked for our designer is basically from those authors, whom we are willing to give free covers, which is still NOT necessary. When he witnessed some authors here using some online cover CREATURE tools, he decided to help them. He did not ask for the credit, but as a friend I asked for it.

I could not even find the female author he mentioned about, who has 5 novels with cover creature tool. He wants to provide her free covers but don't remember her name.

Having said that, we don't need this contest. If someone has issues, we are happy to withdraw it. We were just trying to help but also had to cover the expenditure.
 

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Patty Jansen said:
Joel Friedlander's design site host a monthly contest for designed covers for free. This is where people can enter their covers and one wins. He gets dozens of entries each month and posts all of them on the website. It's very nice to see what people are doing in terms of covers.

I said there were sites where people could enter their already-designed covers in a contest and it didn't cost them anything. Not sites where people give away covers for free.

I think Joel is a book/cover designer, but he doesn't charge until you hire him to do something.

I'm very confused about what you're trying to sell, and why people should spend their money.

I also continue to be baffled why my name is so hard to spell correctly.
Sorry, not much familiar with the foreign names.
 

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Hi Muses, thanks for replying.

I think I understand now: the first person to request a cover 'wins' it. If someone requests the cover we wanted before us, we can request a different cover or use the $10 as credit for a custom design.

It sounds like your business might work better by offering premade covers. It's basically the same setup, except without the contest and no one will be disappointed if they don't win the cover they wanted.

Your designer would design covers, you upload them to your website and add a price ($10, or $20, or whatever), and customers can browse the range and choose one to buy. First-come-first-served. You remove the covers from your range when they've been bought. It's simpler, removes the uncertainty of a contest, and no one is disappointed. :)
 

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Hi Muses, thanks for replying.

I think I understand now: the first person to request a cover 'wins' it. If someone requests the cover we wanted before us, we can request a different cover or use the $10 as credit for a custom design.

It sounds like your business might work better by offering premade covers. It's basically the same setup, except without the contest and no one will be disappointed if they don't win the cover they wanted.

Your designer would design covers, you upload them to your website and add a price ($10, or $20, or whatever), and customers can browse the range and choose one to buy. First-come-first-served. You remove the covers from your range when they've been bought. It's simpler, removes the uncertainty of a contest, and no one is disappointed. :)
Thank you, Darcy. It is very good. Then all these covers are for 30$ each (and free for the author I mentioned above), as I will be removing them from my blog, because of the rules Patty mentioned. But I will update the thread time by time with new designs whenever I get some.
 
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