It's too hard to figure out what the title is in Cover 1. You need that color offset with the title in it for first the reader's eye to be caught and second, so someone knows what the heck the book is. If I saw Cover 1 in a store, I'd give it a funny look, tell myself I had NO CLUE what that was supposed to be, and buy something else.
Any way to blow up the covers so we get to see it better? Right now Cover 1 looks the best--it looks more classic. Cover 2 looks like it's trying to hard to balance with the white. Sure you can see the titles better, but there's something a little off about it. But what do I know. It seems the majority is going for #2 anyway.
I agree with susan gottfried--the title does not really stand out in the first one. The second cover is MUCH better and really grabs your attention--you know immediately what the title is and that it is part of a series.And can I also say that I like either of these covers about a million times better than the original brown version? This is much more bright and "young". I can't wait to read it, PJ!!
I voted for #1, because I don't care for the white, although I agree wholeheartedly that both are much better than the original. I also like that the SERIES title is on the second one, so it was really hard for me to choose. Really, they are both great.
PS--PJ...are you going to change your icon to the new cover?
Definitely. After it's finalized :)
Your eye goes right to the title of the book in cover #1--with cover #2, there are competing titles of equal weight: the book title because of its position, and the series title, because of that white background. So #1 gets my vote as the best design. (Besides, the white is just an off color for this cover.) If you want the series title to stand out more than it does in cover #1, a better solution would be to skoonch the torn pinkish area and the image down a mite and run the series title above the book title, in smaller type--with no type in the now narrower dark area at the bottom.
Oops, anon 3:27 here. There seems to be another line of type at the very bottom that I can't read at this resolution--that would stay, I presume.
Just curious...which do YOU like, PJ? Why?
Hey Beth, I lean toward (1) because I love being able to see more of the picture which I think is so cool.
Choice #1 is much better. In #2, the title name competes with the series name and it is very confusing.
#1 is much better! You can see the picture and it looks classic--and isn't that what you'd want with the theme of the book?
I think #1 is a much cleaner design, but I don't feel like I can say which one is "better" without knowing the design plan for the whole series. Will future books have a different cover image? Or the same image and a different color scheme? Other than the title, which elements are going to visually unify the books as a series?I have a feeling #2 might work better for your purposes, but I don't think all those cloudy-shaped text backgrounds--the two pink ones and then the white at the bottom--are working. You've got three, which might be one too many. Perhaps the text on top doesn't need a background.
That said, I just saw the variation of #2 on your website, and up close and with the text switched around, it looks pretty good!
http://cbaybooks.com/teens.htmlActually, I like the cover that's still up on this webpage. The map is kinda cool and makes you think about travel, and the Green title echoes the "emerald" part of the title. The pink of this one makes me wonder about the title.Darcy
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