Friday, November 05, 2010

Which Cover Do You Like Better?

These are works in progress, so I know that the photoshopping is not perfect, but before the images are refined and the layers locked, I should like to know what is good, and what needs work.

I intend to put Insufficient Mating Material out as an e-book, and my own personal taste does not matter.
I need a look that will stand out and intrigue.

I'd like to give a shout out to Judy and Marianne of who are helping me, and also to Kim McDougall of Blazing Trailers, who has shared her expert opinions most generously.

Thanks for any constructive comments.

Rowena Cherry


  1. The title is more visible with the darker background. Also, your name is more readable.

    For what it's worth, the bluish purple skyline is a bit more atmospheric.

  2. I'll agree with Maria -- although I think there's a light border around the title that helps make it more readable in the second one. Also, while I know it's a fallacy (pathetic fallacy? something like that) I think having the stormy skyline provides more of a hint of conflict. Sunny skies with insufficient mating material? Nah...

  3. I like the lighter background. No matter which one you use the title and your name should be in darker print. In both examples they get lost in the background.

  4. Anonymous12:18 PM EDT

    For what it's worth, I'm going to agree with Maria, the darker sky with the lighter water works much better.

    The only real suggestion is to sharped up the fonts, the glittery/sparkley thing is just hard to focus on.

    just my 2 cents.


  5. I agree with Maria about both the name showing up better and the purple sky being more atmospheric. I also think the balance on the title works better with the one word above the other two rather than squashed with two words above one.

  6. I like the second one better. It looks more real, like he's standing on the beach. It's easier to tell on the first one that it's a different background from the original.

  7. Odd thought -- did you try stacking the words in the title? So


    Just for fun?

  8. Thank you, Maria. Your comment about the skyline is perfect.

  9. Mike,

    I love your reasoning. Thank you.

  10. Thank you, JC. You are right about the title, but until we get the background "right" (most commercial) the title is on the back burner.

  11. Daniel, thank you. It's a funny thing about darkening the sky, I don't believe we lightened the water at all.

    The eye plays tricks!

  12. Thank you, Kimber An. That's an interesting observation.

  13. Mike,

    I took a look, but I think that if we stacked the words of the title into three lines, the hero's nipple would probably be hidden, which might not be a bad thing as far as you are concerned...

    As manly nipples go-- Oh, never mind. Maybe I won't go there!

  14. I like the one on the right with the purple. But then, I'm partial to purple. I think it looks warmer and more inviting.

  15. Hi - My 2 cents - I had a harder time with the higher contrast / light background, didn't see the guy as well (and I wanted to, meow!), it seemed to disjoint the entire picture, visual elements separated.