Still Talking Covers

colouredpencils205Winner: Sarah-Jane is the winner of the ecopy of In Defense of the Queen. Congratulations!

Edie spoke about covers on her Monday post, and coincidentally, I’d planned to do the same πŸ™‚

I want to put out a book in a new genre early next year, and I was trying to think up a good cover for it. It’s a fantasy based on a fairy tale, and I just was coming up completely blank on finding an image of a woman that looked right for my heroine.

I started finding lists like “The Best Fantasy Covers of 2012” and haunting royalty free stock image sites. I didn’t really even know what I was looking for, I had nothing to give to a cover designer, and I like to have at least some idea.

From my cover art trawling, I see that there is a lot of variation out there, which is a really great thing, but I’m interested in what are people’s favorites.

A) A woman on the cover, full frontal with her face visible.

B) A woman on the cover, with her face mostly obscured?

C) A woman and a man on the cover, either standing together or separately.

D) A man on the cover, full frontal with his face visible.

E) A man on the cover, with his face mostly obscured.

F) No people on the cover at all, but a more stylized image, like a shoe / flower / castle / tree.

G) You don’t mind as long as it is beautiful and evocative.

I finally found some AWESOME images, and now I have two strong contenders. So strong, I really don’t know which I like better, which is a much better problem to have than not to have any idea at all. One would be a composite image with my heroine, and some imagery that fits the book, the other, a single strong image of the heroine. Love both of them!

So which of the above choices are your favorites? I have an ecopy of In Defense of the Queen to give away to one lucky commenter.

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15 Responses to Still Talking Covers

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Since a woman is a central figure, I’d like to say a woman on the cover. But I don’t think there’s one size fits all. I trust that you’ll pick the right one.

    This is very cool! I’m eager to see what you’ll do!

  2. Thanks, Edie. I’ll send you the images if you like πŸ™‚
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Book signing event in Fremantle, Western Australia

  3. blodeuedd says:

    Hm I can’t say, I need pics :/
    blodeuedd`s last blog was …Author Interviews: Liz Harris and Beverley Eikli and giveaway

  4. Sarah-Jane says:

    There are sooooo many covers out there with pretty woman/man/couple on a pretty background, so I vote for a more stylized image. I find the more abstract a cover is, the more eye-catching it is.

    Just my two cents πŸ™‚

    • Sarah-Jane, you’re right about the people on covers. A woman on the cover in particular is very common (and that’s borne out by my own covers, which all just have a single woman on them, LOL).

      I like the cover for Cinder, with the robotic leg and foot, with the shoe. That really was great, and spoke volumes about the book itself. But some more stylized covers make me wonder what it’s all about, and maybe aren’t as compelling, so it’s a difficult line to walk.
      Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Book signing event in Fremantle, Western Australia

  5. Amy says:

    That is tough. It depends on what the book is about. If it is mainly about the hero and heroine then I like it when both are on the cover. If it is mainly about the hero or heroine, just them on the cover works. However, I also like that in the background there is something related to the book. Like with Misty’s Super Agent covers – she usually has something in the background related to a setting. The Blood Code has the hero on the cover but also has the Kremlin in the background, as that is where the story took place. Things like that. If there is a piece of the story that is important (like in Edie’s books the pets or the pie in one of hers, it is good to have those on the cover). In short, I like it when a cover tells a piece of the story. Your covers have all been very good and I bet you will find one that fits this story well.
    Amy`s last blog was …Review: PROTECTING HIS WITNESS by Katie Reus

  6. for fantasy covers I love a beautiful fantasy picture, something that sets the mood of the story. I prefer a person but am not locked into that so long as the images convey the mood and fantasy.
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …Blood Swords in France

  7. My vote is G. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see it! It’s so hard (and time consuming) finding/designing that perfect image and cover. Good luck!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: The Road To You by Marilyn Brant

  8. bn100 says:

    it depends; can be D

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