View Full Version : Book Cover Critique

06-26-2011, 05:43 PM
Is there a place to post book covers so I can get a critique? I didn't see one but I haven't finished drinking my coffee.

06-26-2011, 06:44 PM
Right where you're at. :)

06-26-2011, 07:12 PM
Thank you!

06-26-2011, 08:18 PM

I can't get it to post the photo, sorry have to click link

06-26-2011, 08:25 PM
Wanted to help, Elisa, but the link isn't working for me.

06-26-2011, 08:55 PM
I think you have a nice look overall. I would suggest the following fine tuning:

Put author name on cover
Lower contrast, the photos look a little over modified to me
Bolder, clearer title font so it really pops and can be read on a thumbnail or across the room

I would also suggest having the child (which I like, as well as her contrast to the background) looking into the center of the cover rather than off the edge.

06-26-2011, 09:02 PM
I really like it except I think it's a little too dark (or maybe just too contrasty?). The little girl shows up rather starkly (which is good, imho) but the rest is difficult to actually see what it is (a cemetery, correct?), so it loses a little of the impact. Also, those 'double lights' above the girl are confusing (maybe just because it's onscreen versus 'real life') - I can't tell if they're supposed to be eyes, lit windows, or grave markers. So basically if there's a way to 'strengthen' the background without losing that 'creepy' feel... and it's definitely creepy, so I hope that's what you were going for! ;)

06-26-2011, 09:10 PM
I would continue the ropes of the swing beyond the title. Or get the rope to wrap around the tree branch. Right now it's really obviously pasted in and it's not working. And correct me if I'm wrong but the rope also looks like it was "made" in Photoshop and the actual rope doesn't go much past the girl's hands.

And for a full crit- put the author name on it somewhere. That will affect the whole cover.

AND I'm really not this mean, I'm an artist and I notice things...

06-26-2011, 09:25 PM
I forgot my name. LOL.

06-27-2011, 08:38 AM
I agree with what's been said already. It's really too dark, however I like the girl on a swing in a cemetery. It really adds an interesting element to the book. It's intruiging, I find I want to know more.
I'm not sold on the Title font, it might stand out more if it was bolded? And of course, most definitley put the Author name on.

06-27-2011, 01:20 PM

I can't get it to post the photo, sorry have to click link

I can't see it because it's in flickr and I can't acccess that at work.

To post a photo :

Right click on the image and select 'copy image url' then in the post hit the 'inset image button' - it's the yellow square one that has the little mountain on it. A box with open, past the whole url into the box and it will insert the image for you.

06-27-2011, 03:20 PM
I forgot my name. LOL.

Ask a friend...they'll be able to tell you what it is. (-;

I agree with Vein's summation. I do like the cover art. Very attractive.

06-30-2011, 04:09 PM
I can't see it because it's in flickr and I can't acccess that at work.

To post a photo :

Right click on the image and select 'copy image url' then in the post hit the 'inset image button' - it's the yellow square one that has the little mountain on it. A box with open, past the whole url into the box and it will insert the image for you.

Flickr won't actually let you copy the image url due to copyright control. It's a bit more convoluted. You have to click the little arrow above the photo to find sharing info.


Hope that helps, Elisa!

To me, the cover seems somewhat squat and shorter than the standard ebook cover size. Not sure.

07-01-2011, 12:42 AM
That still doesn't work :<(

07-01-2011, 12:55 AM

07-01-2011, 03:50 AM
That's odd. It shows up fine for me below. Are you sure you're copy-pasting the BBC Code and not the HTML? Though it looks like you've found an alternative host that works. :)

And for what it's worth, I actually like the composition of the cover better with the girl to the side instead of perfectly centered.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5314/5888982388_556168706c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15473833@N05/5888982388/)
cover372 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15473833@N05/5888982388/) by boonseamus (http://www.flickr.com/people/15473833@N05/), on Flickr

Lauren W
07-01-2011, 07:06 AM
I also like the first version you created best as well. I think it's a fantastic, eerie cover and looks very professional. My only recommendation would be to make your name bolder so that it can be seen as a thumbnail version. Great job though!

07-01-2011, 08:53 PM
I'm confused. My name isn't on the first version. The one in the thumbnail is the second version I made after all the suggestions of the first one being too dark and not being able to tell a building was behind her.

07-01-2011, 10:01 PM
I'd prefer the second version if the girl and the moon were positioned as they were in the first version. I'd want more of the grave marker on the right to show, and now the moon looks more like a street light.

07-02-2011, 03:31 AM
For me, the cover's too dark. The title doesn't tell me anything and I don't have any idea of your target audience. I mean, I could be your target audience, for all I know, but what's the book about?

07-02-2011, 08:04 AM
Okay, here we go again with a readjustment. The book is a paranormal romance (vampire) so I am going for a gothic kind of feel. Just wanting to know opi.nions about whether it creates interest or not

James D. Macdonald
07-02-2011, 02:57 PM
Take a look at how it appears at 100 pixels high (the size of the thumbnails on a whole lot of bookseller sites):


07-02-2011, 05:00 PM
I think your latest image is the best so far. However, Jim is right, it really really needs to look good small.

This is what I suggest:

1. Brighten up the whole thing a shade - and especially the central image, it's kind of swallowed up there as a thumbnail.

2. Make the title pop more - it's pretty unreadable - thicker letters and/or a change of color.

3. Massively increase the author name. Consider caps (and maybe a font which matches the book title better).

4. Maybe zoom in on the girl a little more.

5. Brighten the color of those flowers - I'm guessing you want them to jump out, but in thumbnail they are barely visible.

It's a really nice image, but most people won't get to see the bigger version if they don't find the thumbnail enticing enough.

07-02-2011, 05:05 PM
Make your name bigger.

The color of the title should be brighter or it should contrast the background more so it really POPS!


07-02-2011, 09:46 PM
Hopefully, the last tryhttp://artquirks.com/4thumb.jpg

07-02-2011, 09:50 PM
What's been said. Design for a thumbnail size image. That will be the first and possibly only image a book buyer will see.

That means one clear central element. You've got four: creepy little girl, creepy tomb, sinister building, full moon & clouds over all. The title font doesn't show up against the murky color scheme and the author's name--which should be above the title if you want to look important--seems like an apologetic afterthought.

Interesting art does not equal a book sale. Use the fancy stuff on your webpage, but not on the selling page.

The image's concept has to sell the book. We need some idea of what the book is about, so KEEP IT SIMPLE. Creepy girl, creepy tomb, full moon to light it. The sinister building in the back just muddles things. If you can find a pic of a creepy girl next to a tomb rather than pasting together two elements, all the better. Maybe you can talk a neighbor into taking her Disney princess to a local cemetery for a photo shoot and pay for it with ice cream. (Get a model release form signed, though.)

Your name and title in a plain font in a contrasting color and large enough to read from a thumbnail size pic. Grey on black in a humble size for author's name doesn't cut it.

If you must have the girl in it, flip the image so she's facing to the right. Time passes from left to right in graphics. If the image doesn't look good flipped--and it should--then find one that does.

Study professionally designed images for similar books posted on a seller site like Amazon. See what their common elements are.

Do not study images for self-pubbed books. In too many cases it's the blind leading the blind. Yours is competing in the pro market for readers. Having a cover that looks awesome even in a tiny size is what's wanted.

07-02-2011, 10:59 PM
Don't kill me or anything, but I actually like the cover picture in post 16 the most. I just thoguht your name needed to be bigger and the color of the title more eye catching.

Also, the font you used for the title in post 16 is awesome. But that's just me.

Go with your gut.

Good luck!

07-02-2011, 11:16 PM
I prefer the tree branches obscuring part of the moon. ;)

As to thumbnails, I'm no expert in art or marketing, but as a reader, I don't look at them that much. They're tiny, and certainly not something that will make or break my checking out the book. The title does that more than anything - and once I click for the description, I'll see the larger picture anyway.


07-03-2011, 12:23 AM
Thank you everyone. As I said, I'm looking for opinion about whether it is eye catching enough, not an art critique. Art is too subjective for everyone to agree, usually.
As far as the title, we could probably have a thread about titles not telling what the book is about. To me, the book cover should be a visual draw that makes you read the blurb. At least that is how I shop online for books.

07-28-2011, 01:17 AM
I like it. Nice. When you look at this cover, you know you're in for a scary ride. I liked the girl when she was darker, also. But, I guess that's why Ben & Jerry's makes more than one flavor.