Also please note that we are now linking winning covers to their sales page on Amazon or Smashwords. I illustrated and designed the cover first for an e-book, then print, too. For teens on the younger end of the YA spectrum. An indelible rendering of the main character could almost become a brand in itself, and the unique lettering adds a hand-crafted feeling to the cover.
Leaps off the screen, a real winner. The designer really hits it out of the park with this cover that is both inspiring and beautifully realized. It features multiple main characters struggling to deal with several central plot-lines, but the one common component that ties everything together is the thief-riddled, sorcerer-plagued city itself. The whole thing is enhanced by the unique lettering used for the title.
Cover created by the author. The closed doors of the elevator are meant to make you wonder what is happening behind those doors, providing some mystery. The blood alludes to someone being killed. Alex Rosaria submitted The Weird designed by A. JF: Beautiful piece of art well suited to this cover. The microphone and singing posturing was added for a contemporary twist. JF: A nice job, although the cover typography seems a bit weak, which is emphasized by the deep drop shadow.
A good example of a type treatment that might have been better without the special effect. Annette Gisby submitted The Chosen designed by Ravven. The two characters on the cover are Stilo, the voice of Strength and Rip, the voice of Rage. They represent some of the whispers that are explored in the book. The skyline represents one of the cities that they guard. Brandy Walker submitted Mary, Meet Dr.
Luke designed by Brandy Walker. The author and I decided to try to convey the idea that the viewer was looking into the past. I found that this was easier said than done but, I think that we have created a sense of history with this design. Not just the sun, but a colossal, swollen monster sun that will soon exceed the boundaries of the solar system. I think this cover art shows her stubborn devotion to her sorrows while revealing an inner toughness that will enable her to change her circumstances. This is helped by the clarity and simplicity of the title type and the illustration style.
JF: Clearly a step ahead of many covers that simply have type superimposed on a photo. Here, the integration of title and illustration adds another dimension to what might have been a somewhat alienating cover. So, I used a mixture of photography and photoshop to conjure up what I hope is a clear, yet ominous cover image, making the title an integral part of the design. JF: I love the way this cover connects so well to its target audience, and gives us a lot of information along the way.
And the designer knows exactly how to focus us on the telling detail. Thank you for this wonderful initiative. Damon Za submitted Waiting for Romeo designed by Damonza. JF: Damon shows once again how simple elements, in the right hands, can create an affecting and magnetic ebook cover. JF: A nice idea but a weak execution. Daniel Silva submitted The Tide designed by D.
I was a little nervous, but I was given a generous amount of freedom with it! And you might want to experiment with kerning your title.
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It fit my main character perfectly. Lorie DeWorken added the moonlight effect and text. I have received many compliments on the cover! I saw his work on a PBS arts show and I fell in love with his shots, so asked him to tweak an existing photograph to suit the content of my novel, which he was happy to do. Torrie Cooney designed the cover. Photo is from Dreamstime by Leeloomultipass , which I then altered slightly and added text.
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It also happens to be my favorite of the three! Not sure all these elements are pulling in the same direction. Gabrielle Prendergast submitted Betrayed designed by Gabrielle Prendergast. JF: Good example of how limiting your color palette can help contribute to the mood of your cover. And I love the title treatment, well done.
A better background treatment might really boost this cover. Penn submitted Desecration designed by Derek Murphy. JF: Nicely atmospheric, although the title seems to be fighting with the car in the background. JF: An effective paperback cover that could have used a little adjustment for this ebook edition.
The overall story is about finding courage and inner strength. Stars are a major theme in this book as a symbol of hope. Loretta Matson selected the final fonts for all parts of the cover, designed the back cover blurb box, and created final templates for publication. What for?
Just a distraction IMHO. Baskett submitted Envelope: Red designed by K. The book is all about love and magic, which I really wanted to get across through an intriguing cover.
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Thank you! It has magic, warring families, and a powerful celestial alignment. I wanted something dramatic, to capture the vibe of the story, and something simple yet iconic. Damon is a real-life magician. This artist is amazing and knew exactly what I was going for by touching on important aspects of the story. Kenneth R. Lewis submitted Flight of the Bowyer designed by Kent Lucas.
With the dramatic image of a razor sharp broadhead arrow, jutting above the Sawtooths at sunrise, we believe that Krill Press cover designer Kent Lucas has accomplished everything that we asked for, and more. JF: A very professional cover from a designer who knows this genre. Even though the cover feels effortless, the process to getting there was anything but. Dale came up with the header that incorporates the sword, a critical plot element.
The header gives it a very professional look while grabbing attention. Latasha Lewis submitted Excuse Me! JF: Lively and fun. Marion Sipe has captured the essence of my book with this cover. Jane came up with the mobile phone motif because mobile phones and social media feature in the plot. JF: More of a feint at design, nothing will stand out. JF: See title immediately above this one. JF: An interesting image, but all the type on this cover could use work. Maria Novillo Saravia submitted The Stairwell designed by www.
Delicious eeriness. The eye reflecting DNA and machinery hints at hidden power structures and the obliteration of all that is wild. The looming image of the blood moon over the White House — the juxtaposition of red on white, of evil versus good — is meant to convey this impression.
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I designed this cover myself and I feel it gives a good representation of the core characters and the icy theme. Cover idea was mine, executed by Lana Castle with clip art. The story title works as an extension of the just unclasped bra, thus given the illusion that undressing the girl unfolds the story all along with it. I wanted something that captured the moodiness of the story and I think it was done really well.
Drama and a clear focus help. Patrick Wong submitted Balancer designed by Damonza.