Worderella Needs a Hero (aka Book Cover Designer)

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  1. I like the cover, it inspires a hauntyesque feel, which I think is what you are going for. I also like the swirly font for her name, not the straight and narrow version.

    You might want to put a blurb on the front, perhaps a deeper hint at what's inside, to get people interested in the novel, etc.

    Also, I love the layout and position of the two people in the image, but the girl almost … looks a little stuffy. I think it might connect more with people if she were facing forward or something. …. well, alright those are my two cents.

    1. Thanks! Good point about the blurb, I feel like the front cover is so fricking plain right now that there's just no way it isn't a self-published venture.

      I agree that the woman looks a little stuffy, as well. But it was the best I could do with iStockPhoto on Sunday morning… Gettyimages.com was down for some reason otherwise I would have looked there next. I would really like a classically painted feel for the characters, which I think is going to be difficult to find in today's painter/illustrator world.

  2. I like the cover, it inspires a hauntyesque feel, which I think is what you are going for. I also like the swirly font for her name, not the straight and narrow version.

    You might want to put a blurb on the front, perhaps a deeper hint at what’s inside, to get people interested in the novel, etc.

    Also, I love the layout and position of the two people in the image, but the girl almost … looks a little stuffy. I think it might connect more with people if she were facing forward or something. …. well, alright those are my two cents.

    1. Thanks! Good point about the blurb, I feel like the front cover is so fricking plain right now that there’s just no way it isn’t a self-published venture.

      I agree that the woman looks a little stuffy, as well. But it was the best I could do with iStockPhoto on Sunday morning… Gettyimages.com was down for some reason otherwise I would have looked there next. I would really like a classically painted feel for the characters, which I think is going to be difficult to find in today’s painter/illustrator world.

  3. Belinda,

    There is a lot of technical aspects when designing a book cover, it has to look perfect for press. Within the frame is absolute freedom of creativity. Add knowledge of the author, story and audience, shake it with inspiration and there you have it. If you are interested in knowing anything about book cover design and production you can contact me. Ask me anything or send me samples of your work. I will be happy to look over and professional critique what you have. http://www.bluetailbooks.com

    1. Ted, you’re very right, there are so many technical aspects that go into a successful book cover. I would love to take you up on your offer to critique. Your covers are absolutely lovely!

  4. Hi – I think what you've done looks great! How much is the stock art? Can't be more than what you'd pay a free-lancer to do it from scratch? If you do want to find a free-lancer try https://be.freelancersunion.org/gigs/ or getafreelancer.com – since you have the mock up done you can show it to them and tell them it MUST be that style – even a modern artist can create the painting effect in Illustrator. Hope that helps. Good luck.

    1. That's a really good point, Kate, and thank you for sending along those links! You've given me the idea to look up some photoshop/illustrator tutorials to mimic a painting effect.

  5. Belinda,
    There is a lot of technical aspects when designing a book cover, it has to look perfect for press. Within the frame is absolute freedom of creativity. Add knowledge of the author, story and audience, shake it with inspiration and there you have it. If you are interested in knowing anything about book cover design and production you can contact me. Ask me anything or send me samples of your work. I will be happy to look over and professional critique what you have. http://www.bluetailbooks.com

    1. Ted, you’re very right, there are so many technical aspects that go into a successful book cover. I would love to take you up on your offer to critique. Your covers are absolutely lovely!

  6. Hi – I think what you’ve done looks great! How much is the stock art? Can’t be more than what you’d pay a free-lancer to do it from scratch? If you do want to find a free-lancer try https://be.freelancersunion.org/gigs/ or getafreelancer.com – since you have the mock up done you can show it to them and tell them it MUST be that style – even a modern artist can create the painting effect in Illustrator. Hope that helps. Good luck.

    1. That’s a really good point, Kate, and thank you for sending along those links! You’ve given me the idea to look up some photoshop/illustrator tutorials to mimic a painting effect.

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