View Full Version : Does my cover look professional?

05-04-2011, 07:15 AM
Hi everybody! Do you think this cover looks professional enough to sell? I actually commissioned a graphic designer to make one up for me on fiverr.com for five bucks, just for fun. Turns out I actually like it a lot!

entropic island
05-04-2011, 07:20 AM
I'd say so.

05-04-2011, 07:25 AM
I like it very much, though it doesn't tell me exactly what the story is about, so you need a good blurb to back it up.

05-05-2011, 07:06 PM
I think it looks fairly nice, though I'm not sure entirely how it works with the story, so I second what jnfr said.

05-05-2011, 07:13 PM
I like it. Great cover for a fiver!

05-05-2011, 07:47 PM
I would suggest that the title is not going to be clear at thumbnail size, and the illustration is a bit low contrast and ambiguous. (Some kind of wooden chest and some kind of smoke? That could cover a lot of things from a contemporary ghost story or a pirate battle at sea?)

Alessandra Kelley
05-05-2011, 07:51 PM
It looks like fantasy to me (The smoke is a dragon). I think the smoke should be brighter, but the image works.

I question the economics, though. Five dollars?

Alpha Echo
05-05-2011, 07:59 PM
Ooooh, very cool. I like it.

05-05-2011, 08:35 PM
Like someone else said, it doesn't exactly tell me what the book's about.

05-05-2011, 08:43 PM
Somehow I didn't see the dragon until it was pointed out.

05-05-2011, 09:04 PM
To answer your question, no, I don't think so.
It's hard to tell what the image is, and it looks a little too much like someone just slapped a ps filter on top of a mediocre doodle. Which is exactly what you're gonna get for 5$.

To summarize... It looks cheap.


05-05-2011, 09:31 PM
I think it looks good.

05-06-2011, 09:32 AM
Thanks for the input guys!

05-07-2011, 05:31 AM
I'd ask the guy if he can fine tune it or make a little better one for $50. He obviously has talent.

06-14-2011, 04:13 AM
The three least professional things about it:

1. You're using a low-res image. It's also murky and doesn't say much, but that's something that can happen at any level. Low resolution is something you only see on self-published books.

2. Another thing you don't see on professional covers: no cover copy beyond the title and the author. You only get to do that if you're a household name.

3. Using an all-caps serif text face as display type. It makes it look like something you put together in Microsoft Word. Get rid of it and use a proper display font or two (but not three).

06-14-2011, 04:19 AM
Looks good to me. If I saw that on a shelf I'd definitely give it a look-over.

06-14-2011, 04:26 AM
It looks OK for the size displayed, but I have to wonder what happens to the font and smoke at a lower image setting for say Amazon.

I discovered the smoke was taking on a dragon form almost from the get go, but it made me wonder what a dragon has to do with the title. I might read the blurb just to see how the cover ties in...

Ari Meermans
06-14-2011, 04:35 AM
I like it. A lot. But, I do agree that there needs to be more contrast and the subtitle A Dark Brigade Tale gets lost when the cover is shown at less than full screen; a thumbnail may look like a muddy brown rectangle. Some fine tuning is in order as previously suggested IMHO.

06-15-2011, 08:38 PM
Assuming they have the rights to reproduce the pendant they're using for a dragon, I suggest 'shopping the ring off its head.

ETA: Unless, of course, the story is actually about a dragon pendant, that is. :e2smack:

10-01-2011, 02:08 AM
I guess I was looking it as a reader (since I am one) and not as a graphic designer (since I'm assuredly NOT one). My initial impression was that it looks great and I would pick it up off the shelf, even if I wasn't that sure what the genre would be. The elements of the picture appealed.

Having said that, I think you've gotten some good advice re the sub-title and the all-caps title - from people more aware of these things than I am!

But speaking purely as a shopper, I think it would catch my eye.

10-01-2011, 02:59 AM
interesting cover. Up size and bold out the second line.

Best wishes with this.