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Penang
04-13-2011, 05:35 AM
I've recently decided to self-publish, and have already ordered my proof copy of my first book. I used the Create Space cover maker and was pretty happy with the results, until I read a thread on the self-pub forum here about the generic look the create space cover maker has and also that the photos they provide are over used. So, I went ahead and tried to create one on my own. Now I can't decide which to use! The first one, I can't really change anything (they only offer 6 different fonts). The second one, I can play with a bit more.

Any suggestions? I'd love to hear the thoughts of people who aren't my family!!

http://angelafristoe.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/songbird-front-cover-preview-1-copy.jpg http://angelafristoe.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/new-music-songbird-cover-31-e1302658971498.jpg

Smish
04-13-2011, 05:38 AM
I like the first one. It looks like a YA cover. The second one does not, in my opinion.

brainstorm77
04-13-2011, 06:04 AM
The second isn't showing for me, all I get is a red x. But I like the first one.

Penang
04-13-2011, 06:08 AM
hmmm, don't know what happened to the second one. It was there. I'll check the code.

TrickyFiction
04-13-2011, 06:09 AM
I vote the first one, too. It looks very much like something you would see on the shelf.

COchick
04-13-2011, 06:17 AM
I like them both, but I prefer the first one.

BrokenSword
04-13-2011, 08:18 AM
I'll weigh in and also vote for #1, though artistically, I like the second better. But since your aim is YA, the first scores better. Maybe have the couple of #1 be an overlay (like you have the bird on #2), with less translucence for the couple? If you have the software and the graphics, doesn't hurt to mock up alternates.

Penang
04-13-2011, 09:58 AM
Thanks for the feedback! It really helps me solidify my decision. At this point I'll probably go with the first one. I wish I could use the picture of the couple and some how mesh it into the music paper, but the photo isn't high enough resolution since its from the create space thumbnail and the pic actually belongs to Create space. I found an almost identifcal one, but it's a premium pic and is pricey.

Unless the way my proof copy turns out is horrible, I'll use the first.

:) Ang

Alessandra Kelley
04-14-2011, 08:04 PM
I like the second cover image, but the first cover's lettering. But I agree that the first cover does look more like a young adult cover.

shaldna
04-15-2011, 05:04 PM
I quite like the first one, it's clean, light and fresh and looks like a YA. The second cover looks like a religious or spiritual book.

veinglory
04-15-2011, 05:18 PM
The first one, although I would suggest zooming in just a tad more

Penang
04-19-2011, 06:40 AM
Thanks! I got my proof copy the other day with the first cover and really liked how it looked, although I wish I'd gone slightly smaller than 6X9.

Now it's on to major editing again!