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    Cool Book Covers

    Id appreciate your opinions.


    Here are the covers provided by my ex-publisher


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    And here are the new ones Im thinking of using:


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    What do you think? Be honest please.

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    I hate to be negative about anything really, but they're both a bit dull - nothing to catch the eye, nothing that would immediately draw a browsing reader right in to choose it amongst all the amazing covers out there. I don't like the covers your ex publisher used either. Go out there and take colourful pictures...give me an idea of what you want and I'll donate a few to you to doodle with.

    Think about what draws you in when you're choosing a book...think about buying Xmas cards - you don't choose the dull landscape one, do you? I hope I haven't been too brutal, but I know I have, but you do need honesty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ireneintheworld View Post
    I hate to be negative about anything really, but they're both a bit dull - nothing to catch the eye, nothing that would immediately draw a browsing reader right in to choose it amongst all the amazing covers out there. I don't like the covers your ex publisher used either. Go out there and take colourful pictures...give me an idea of what you want and I'll donate a few to you to doodle with.

    Think about what draws you in when you're choosing a book...think about buying Xmas cards - you don't choose the dull landscape one, do you? I hope I haven't been too brutal, but I know I have, but you do need honesty.
    Thanks, appreciate the comment.

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    Hey lvcabbie are you really a cabbie in Las Vegas? Seems like it'd be a fun job. If I won Powerball, I'd move to Vegas and drive a cab. Part time, of course. The rest of my waking hours would be spent in the sports books.

    On to biz. I think the first cover is attention getting, but visually unappealing. The opposite is true, for the second cover. Together, they are incongruous.

    Have you ever seen Aguirre, the Wrath of God? Except for The Godfather, it's my favorite movie. I re-watched it again on the YouTube last night. There are some similarities between Father Serra and Spanish Dominican friar Gaspar de Carvajal, one of the film's main characters. A couple of scenes in the first 20 mins (sort of) fit your titles. One, is the conquistadors floating down the Amazon on the rafts they constructed. In another, earlier scene, enslaved natives are slogging through the rain forest, carrying a sedan-chair. Eye candy for history porn buffs. So, that's the ideal, having 2 covers with memorable and harmonious images. In my humble opinion.

    Good luck, whatever you decide.

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    I haven't been here in quite a while, but stopped by today to see what's new and saw your covers. Here's my opinions.

    The ex-publisher covers are intriguing, but like too many other covers being done these days.

    Your covers have potential. They just need a bit of work.

    My recommendations for book one :

    1. Add an old fashioned sailing ship, or rowboat with a sailor to the ocean.
    2. Add an old fashioned hammer and some nails to the wood.
    3. Alter the font color to make it readable. The words on the ocean are next to impossible to read at a glance, and that's what most potential readers are doing -- reading titles at a glance. Black on blue is a poor choice. The colors don't have to be consistent for the entire title, or even the entire word. For example, the word "and" could be moved up so that it's half on one pic and half on the other. Then it would need to be half white, to stand out against the blue, and half black, to stand out against the wood. If you add the ship and hammer, that could change the font color needs.
    4. Keep in mind that you should limit colors to four color families. Currently you have blues, browns, white and black. That's good. Just don't add any other colors when making changes.

    Suggestions for book two :
    1. Add a path or dirt road, or get a picture with a path or dirt road. Something to be that "highway".
    2. The words fade into the background again. This cover is greens, browns, yellows and black. Four color families, so that's good. It also means you might be able to use a pale yellow font color to make the words stand out better.

    Hope these observations and suggestions help.

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    I appreciate the comments. The target audience is clearly religious and specifically Catholic and Californians. So, is this version any better?


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    The latest picture shows only as a question mark for me. Probably because I am using old technology.

    If you are implying with your mention of a religious target audience that the carpenter is Jesus, then you need to know that your cover is not conveying that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all trades View Post
    The latest picture shows only as a question mark for me. Probably because I am using old technology.

    If you are implying with your mention of a religious target audience that the carpenter is Jesus, then you need to know that your cover is not conveying that.
    That's one of the problems I've had with the title since I first came up with it. The carpenter I refer to is a Mexican Indian who finds the Sailor washed up on the shores of Baja California. They become very close friends and the two of them follow Father Serra in exploring California.

    Maybe I need to clearly rethink the title. Any suggestions?

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    I'm thinking of changing the title to:

    The English Sailor and the Mayo Indian Carpenter

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    I think The Sailor and the Carpenter is a fine title. I only got confused when you started talking about Catholics.

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