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Possible book cover June 13, 2009

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Just in—first idea for the cover of Joy in a Box.


So what do you think? Does this make you want to buy the book? Does it reflect the fact that it’s a mix of different genres?



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6 Responses to “Possible book cover”

  1. Janet Says:

    I like this one best of the three.

  2. Judith Says:

    I agree with the idea to simplify. It’s a little busy with the manuscript underburn on the red/yellow blend with the flame-like design. I’d drop the underburn and blur the design on the flames so that it’s a faded variation of the color, without the definitive lines.

    I like the basic theme. The plain brown packing box, however is a little jarring. I might use a box with a lid, like you might put souvenirs in. Or a plain wooden box with a hinged lid.

    Just some random thoughts.

  3. Nathan H. Says:

    it appears like it would be a memoir or collection of correspondence

  4. J.M. Reep Says:

    Ah! A fellow Smashwords author!

    I’m a stranger, so I guess that means I can offer an honest opinion? 🙂

    I really like how you have set up the title and your name running as a banner across the top. Only problem: should the “b” in “box” (and maybe the “i” in “in”) capitalized too?

    As for the image, I like the individual elements. The colors are attention-getting. The box of letters image is nice (watch out for the iStockPhoto watermark). And I see there’s a manuscript design in the background (foreground?) of the image.

    But I’m not sure if all those elements work well together. I think the manuscript design in the background/foreground is one element too much, especially since the yellow and red colors already have a design running through them. Maybe the cover would be improved if you only used the colors and the box image.

    • sallyhanan Says:

      True. This is from the designer—no editing has been done yet. Same goes for the iStock watermark. We’re just getting ideas for now.

      In should not be capitalized in a title as it is a preposition. I definitely want the change the single line of title and name, so I think I’ll put my name at the bottom of the page and have the title and sub-title on two lines. Someone else made a great point that the title needs to be as bold as possible so that it can be read on an avatar-sized photo. That means that the white font will have to change.

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