Covers, uncovered.

A word or two more about covers. Nowadays, writers and art departments have to think about a digital world. Imagine that spiffy cover with the delicate lettering and the finely drawn details shrunk down to the size of a postage stamp. All of us internet surfers are whizzing on by and we definitely are not going to linger over a dull image with writing so fancy we can’t make it out, or, worse yet, a “photo not available” icon! That cover image has to be formatted so it will appear correctly in various digital venues (Smashwords, Kindle, Nook, etc.) This is when I get out the checkbook and pay someone who is tech savvy. I insist on bright colors and my name, title in plain lettering. It’s enough to cause people to linger for a moment, click on the image and see it in all its glorious detail.

Below are the print version of my first book and its digital counterpart. Which one do you prefer and why?

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20 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shanda on June 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I prefer the first one. The second seems comedic, but it has a crowded feeling, a seeming cramming of stuff, then your name is slanted, like a slapped-on sticker. But it looks fun, so nothing wrong with it. I will say, however, that the title is awesome. That’s what made me get it on Amazon, well first pique of interest drawing me to read the blurb. The first cover is the one showing on Kindle for me. And I had no idea it was a Heartsong book. Love the crazy characters.

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  2. Posted by Sandy Fox on June 17, 2014 at 6:46 am

    The second one! Bold, bright pictures to capture the scene rather than fog, focuses the reader, who questions, ” Why are there legs sticking up?” Captures the mystery! If your looking for first impressions, I vote second 🙂

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  3. Posted by Angie Carroll on June 17, 2014 at 2:17 am

    I like the top one because I can see the whole fountain!

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  4. Posted by susanmsj on June 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    I like the top one. In the bottom one, the first thing that jumps out are the curtains.

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  5. I’M NOT SURE WHICH IS THE DIGITAL COPY BUT I LIKE THE TOP ONE BECAUSE THE FOUNTAIN WITH THE WATER FLOWING OVER IT IS BEAUTIFUL ! IT MAKES ME FEEL SO CALM …

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  6. My preference is for the top cover as it gives a clear, more uncluttered visual.

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  7. Posted by Valri Western on June 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I prefer the top one! I like the whole fountain!

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  8. Posted by Suzan Michet on June 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I prefer the top one (not sure if it is the print or digital one !), the curtains in the bottom one seem to close it in too much.

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