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I'm choosing my first cover!

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So I've been using 99 Designs to have a cover designed for my first book. I used the cheapest service, as obviously this was my first time using this service and I wanted to test it out. This meant I didn't attract a lot of the best designers, but even so, I had around 100 covers submitted. Most ranged from very poor, to good but wrong for the book, but I also got some GREAT stuff. Oh, and someone submitted a simple black and white drawing of a tigers head. For some reason. Yup.

I've been eliminating covers as I go, and now I'm about to choose my 2 finalists to work further with. It's been a mostly positive experience and I know I'm going to end up with a cover I love. (Oh, and yeah, I'm changing that title)('Between' in the title AND the sub-heading, what was I thinking?!) Thought some of you might enjoy seeing a few of the covers I now have to choose from! Hopefully this link works:

http://99designs.co.uk/book-cover-design/contests/create-cover-spooky-fairytale-fantasy-novel-469929/entries?page=2

Any tickle your fancy??
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I've never heard of this site before, but now I'm going to check it out!

Regarding the covers, I read the blurb on the back of one of the covers (I'm assuming that was from you?..) Anyways, since it's a MG, I like #98 A LOT! Also, #113 is great in the blue (must like the blue vibe for this for some reason, both my picks are that tone). What a fun decision!
I really like #98 except shouldn't the child be a girl? It looks like a boy on that cover. Otherwise, love the "whimsical but still a little scary" feel of it. Many of the others looked too horror-ish for the blurb.

M.W
Anya Monroe said:
I've never heard of this site before, but now I'm going to check it out!

Regarding the covers, I read the blurb on the back of one of the covers (I'm assuming that was from you?..) Anyways, since it's a MG, I like #98 A LOT! Also, #113 is great in the blue (must like the blue vibe for this for some reason, both my picks are that tone). What a fun decision!
Hey! That designer just took part of the cover brief and put it in place as an example. (Is 'MG' a genre? Kids book??) Yeah, #98 is a front runner for me at the moment too, just needs a few tweaks.
Midnight Whimsy said:
I really like #98 except shouldn't the child be a girl? It looks like a boy on that cover. Otherwise, love the "whimsical but still a little scary" feel of it. Many of the others looked too horror-ish for the blurb.

M.W
Ah, it's supposed to be a girl with short, messy hair; I perhaps might need to look at that if others I show it too agree with you..!
Matthew Stott said:
Hey! That designer just took part of the cover brief and put it in place as an example. (Is 'MG' a genre? Kids book??) Yeah, #98 is a front runner for me at the moment too, just needs a few tweaks.
MG is middle grade.
ShayneRutherford said:
MG is middle grade.
Ah! Thanks.
What a fun exercise!

I hate to throw a wrench in the gears, but from a design standpoint including focus and the reverse "S" layout for directing the reader's eye, #9 gets my vote. Also, the colors attract my attention. I'm sure whichever you pick will be the right one. Enjoy.
I absolutely LOVE #56.

Love love love.

What genre is the story?
Arshness said:
I absolutely LOVE #56.

Love love love.

What genre is the story?
It's a fantasy-fairytale type thingy, with some solid scary. Think Gaiman's The Graveyard Book & Coraline. If you've read either of those. If not, those examples are probably not helpful..!
Matthew Stott said:
It's a fantasy-fairytale type thingy, with some solid scary. Think Gaiman's The Graveyard Book & Coraline. If you've read either of those. If not, those examples are probably not helpful..!
Definitely #56 then.

Many of them are too scary for that. But 113 is good also.

But I love #56. :)
113 would be my 1st pick. It's the one I had that knee jerk reaction saying hey this looks cool. I also liked #9 a lot.  Good luck I hope it works out well for you.
mbroadway said:
What a fun exercise!

I hate to throw a wrench in the gears, but from a design standpoint including focus and the reverse "S" layout for directing the reader's eye, #9 gets my vote. Also, the colors attract my attention. I'm sure whichever you pick will be the right one. Enjoy.
What reverse S?
mbroadway said:
What a fun exercise!

I hate to throw a wrench in the gears, but from a design standpoint including focus and the reverse "S" layout for directing the reader's eye, #9 gets my vote. Also, the colors attract my attention. I'm sure whichever you pick will be the right one. Enjoy.
Thanks! It's tough to narrow it down to just 2. You're allowed six for the final round, but I kinda think that's unfair on the designers, so I'm trying to be strict and just choose the 2 most likely ones. IT'S TOUGH..!
CadyVance said:
I like #98 and #69.
Ah, #69! Someone mentioned one of those covers..! They've been a favourite of mine the whole way along, so i was surprised no one else mentioned them so far. Making me reconsider that one, anyway...
I used 99 Designs for my book cover and I found an excellent designer who created a great cover and worked with me on final details way after they were paid. I wrote about my experience on my blog (link below). For the second book in my series, I won't be using 99 Designs, but I'll be working with the designer who won my 99 Designs contest. Cheaper for me and direct access. Plus, they still get paid the same. It's a win-win.

Your covers all look great! My favorites: #98 and #91. #91 specifically gives me a Narnia/Bridge to Terabithia vibe.
David Neth said:
I used 99 Designs for my book cover and I found an excellent designer who created a great cover and worked with me on final details way after they were paid. I wrote about my experience on my blog (link below). For the second book in my series, I won't be using 99 Designs, but I'll be working with the designer who won my 99 Designs contest. Cheaper for me and direct access. Plus, they still get paid the same. It's a win-win.

Your covers all look great! My favorites: #98 and #91. #91 specifically gives me a Narnia/Bridge to Terabithia vibe.
Thanks! Yep, I'll be doing the same. Whoever I pick I'll hit up to work on my next book too.
David Neth said:
I used 99 Designs for my book cover and I found an excellent designer who created a great cover and worked with me on final details way after they were paid. I wrote about my experience on my blog (link below). For the second book in my series, I won't be using 99 Designs, but I'll be working with the designer who won my 99 Designs contest. Cheaper for me and direct access. Plus, they still get paid the same. It's a win-win.

Your covers all look great! My favorites: #98 and #91. #91 specifically gives me a Narnia/Bridge to Terabithia vibe.
David, I think I remember reading something the other day - another thread here on KBoards - where someone pointed out that if you use 99Designs, and then go back to the designer for another cover, you're supposed to go through them, and consequently it costs more. I don't remember the specific terminology.
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