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Meira
08-06-2011, 12:06 AM
For those of you who have nurtured me through a gazillion remakes of the photo-shopped cover for my dystopian science fiction, Nine-Tenths, here is good news.

I hooked up with AW's own Gale Haut, a professional graphic designer, and he started from scratch. Here is his brilliant design:

http://meirapentermann.com/Nine-Tenths_Cover_SMALL.jpg

(Removed red fillers in name)

Nexus
08-06-2011, 12:13 AM
This is nifty. Simple and clean. Beautiful design. The one thing I do not like is the red color filler in some of the letters of your author name.

Gale Haut
08-06-2011, 12:28 AM
Meira, I was coming on here to look at a short story and saw this before I saw your email. For a second I thought the title was a sarcastic blow about my line edits. LOL :Hug2:


The one thing I do not like is the red color filler in some of the letters of your author name.
Glad to see feedback. I would remove it with a click of a button if Meira decides she doesn't want it. It gives a nice color balance with the red but I could easily come up with something more sophisticated if need be. It is entirely up to her.

SilverBirch
08-06-2011, 12:43 AM
*slinks into thread* If we're having an open vote I say keep the red - it provides a nice contrast to the strong blue and white. Otherwise... :nothing Either way, nice work Gale! :) *slinks away*

defcon6000
08-06-2011, 01:16 AM
Makes me think of communist America. :D

Are the edges around the symbol meant to be kinda jaggy? Or is that just an issue with the pic's format? Looks good, though.

Gale Haut
08-06-2011, 01:35 AM
I believe the image was enlarged from a smaller one. Probably better not to post a higher resolution as to not slow down page loads for ppl.

Here are links to *slightly* better renderings of the image at 400x600p .... Color (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-F--lLptw_KI/TjxhLTpF76I/AAAAAAAAAbQ/SZjfmXbg5_w/s512/Nine-TenthsSmall.jpg) & Grayscale (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Mc-ACC6B5is/TjxhNbQ7voI/AAAAAAAAAbU/ZAyoWH7hNVA/s512/Nine-TenthsGrays4x6.jpg)

Darkshore
08-06-2011, 01:41 AM
I'm a fan of the Grayscale one myself.

Meira
08-06-2011, 01:46 AM
Makes me think of communist America. :D

perfect!



Are the edges around the symbol meant to be kinda jaggy? Or is that just an issue with the pic's format? Looks good, though.
No, it's just a resizing issue.

Meira
08-06-2011, 01:46 AM
*slinks into thread* If we're having an open vote I say keep the red - it provides a nice contrast to the strong blue and white. Otherwise... :nothing Either way, nice work Gale! :) *slinks away*

I like the red, too :)

Bartholomew
08-06-2011, 01:48 AM
That is amazing. The symbol has a chilling effect. The colors are extremely well matched, and the black-filled stars from the US flag add an deeper level of meaning. I'd pick this book up. :)

Meira
08-06-2011, 01:49 AM
Meira, I was coming on here to look at a short story and saw this before I saw your email. For a second I thought the title was a sarcastic blow about my line edits. LOL :Hug2:

LOL! That would have made for a lousy Friday. A whole thread dedicated to insulting you.

Meira
08-06-2011, 01:52 AM
This is nifty. Simple and clean. Beautiful design. The one thing I do not like is the red color filler in some of the letters of your author name.

:) It's so cool :snoopy:

I like the red since there is very little red to begin with. Maybe it will grow on you ;)

Meira
08-06-2011, 01:55 AM
That is amazing. The symbol has a chilling effect.

It is brilliant, isn't it? He came up with this totally on his own, reading a few excerpts from my book.



The colors are extremely well matched, and the black-filled stars from the US flag add an deeper level of meaning. I'd pick this book up. :)
Yes!

veinglory
08-06-2011, 02:14 AM
This is nice, it shouts thriller and give hints as to the themes. Very professional, very cleverly designed.

Nexus
08-06-2011, 03:17 AM
Don't get me wrong. I love the red outline and the red text. It was just the red filler in the closed in areas of letters like "p", "R", "a" etc.

Very minor nitpick because the color fills in letters remind me of my Paint program attempts and bring back bad memories. I would still pick this book up.

dpaterso
08-06-2011, 03:37 AM
Will probably move this thread to Self-Pub/POD Covers (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=219) unless anyone has any objections?

-Derek

shelleyo
08-06-2011, 04:44 AM
That looks great, and transfers well to a thumbnail size--it's still very eye-catching when it's small, which is important.

Very nice!

Shelley

Meira
08-06-2011, 05:40 AM
Will probably move this thread to Self-Pub/POD Covers (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=219) unless anyone has any objections?

-Derek

I don't mind. It was just that I originally had Sci-Fi fans voting on cover ideas in this section. Whatever you think is best.

dpaterso
08-06-2011, 12:06 PM
Ta! Moved, leaving a redirect link in Sci-Fi/Fantasy SYW forum, so folks there can easily follow the thread to Self-Pub/POD Covers. Members who read both forums get to admire!

-Derek

Bartholomew
08-06-2011, 12:43 PM
Chief Engineer Tholomew: Cap'n! The worm-hole stabilized!

Captain "Dee" Patters: What? Impossible. Gayle, scan it. Give me a rundown.

Chief Science Officer Gayle: Aye captain!

Tholomew: You don't needta bloody scan it; I saw it with my own two eyes! We went through and it stayed open!

Gayle: He appears to be... right, captain. I can't explain it, yet, but the worm hole is definitely staying open. And sensors are picking up a lot of bleed.

Patters: What kind of bleed?

Gayle: Unicorns. Mummies. Angsty teen goblins. Anything you'd see
from the spec fic universe--it's all pouring into reality.

Patters: Yellow alert! Gayle, find out what's making it tick. The sooner you do, the sooner we can seal off the hole. Tholomew, can you come up with a way to force the bleed to cluster?

Tholomew: I don't follow, sir.

Patters: Like dropping a magnet into a bowl of iron ball bearings; a way to keep them from rolling around.

Tholomew: I don't think so, sir. Not unless I could somehow shunt part of the wormhole into P&CE. We'd only get visuals, but nothing can resist staring in awe of a political flame war. I--yes. Yes, I can do that. It's easy. A photon torpedo rigged with anti-matter tachyons, with the right coordinates and a little bit of luck, should be able to do what you're suggesting.

Patters: Just make it happen.

Before Tholomew can leave, the forum shakes, throwing everyone dramatically to the floor and killing six people in red shirts.

Patters: Report!

Chief Security Officer Mei Ra: It's a critter sir. We're being critiqued.

Patters: All hands to battle stations! This is not a drill!

To be continued?

Purple Rose
08-06-2011, 01:02 PM
Like it, like it!! It is an arresting cover. You struck gold with Gale, obviously. I wouldn't change a thing. The red is effective, it works well. All the best!!!

Alessandra Kelley
08-06-2011, 05:21 PM
Nice and stark and evocative.

Gale Haut
08-06-2011, 07:10 PM
Chief Engineer Tholomew: Cap'n! The worm-hole stabilized!

You know, a little exposition doesn't kill anyone. And, yes, you can do it while starting in the action. I don't care what they say.

Captain "Dee" Patters: What? Impossible. Gayle, scan it. Give me a rundown, Sir!

Chief Science Officer Admiral Gayle: Aye captain!

Tholomew: You don't needta bloody scan it; I saw it with my own two eyes! We went through and it stayed open!

I'm seeing this Tholomew character as expendable. You might want to kill him off to add to the tension.

Gayle: He appears to be I am... right, captain of course. I can't explain it, yet, but the worm hole is definitely staying open. And sensors are picking up a lot of bleed.

Patters: What kind of bleed?

Gayle: Unicorns. Mummies. Angsty teen goblins. Anything you'd see
from the spec fic universe--it's all pouring into reality.

Patters: Yellow alert! Gayle, can you please find out what's making it tick. The sooner you do, the sooner we can seal off the hole. Tholomew, can you come up with a way to force the bleed to cluster?

(Tholomew stabbed by wanton unicorn, here.)

Tholomew: I don't follow, sir.

Patters: Like dropping a magnet into a bowl of iron ball bearings; a way to keep them from rolling around.

Tholomew: I don't think so, sir. Not unless I could somehow shunt part of the wormhole into P&CE. We'd only get visuals, but nothing can resist staring in awe of a political flame war. I--yes. Yes, I can do that. It's easy. A photon torpedo rigged with anti-matter tachyons, with the right coordinates and a little bit of luck, should be able to do what you're suggesting.

Patters: Just make it happen. Save us, Gale!

Before Tholomew can leave, the forum shakes, throwing everyone dramatically to the floor and killing six people in red shirts. What a random detail...

Patters: Report!

Chief Security Officer Mei Ra: It's a critter sir. We're being critiqued.

Patters: All hands to battle stations! This is not a drill!

To be continued?

That's jsut silly and reallly? A cliff-hanger. I really think you need to...

Meira
08-06-2011, 09:04 PM
Ta! Moved, leaving a redirect link in Sci-Fi/Fantasy SYW forum, so folks there can easily follow the thread to Self-Pub/POD Covers. Members who read both forums get to admire!

-Derek

Thanks :)

Bartholomew
08-06-2011, 09:42 PM
Chief Engineer Tholomew: Cap'n! The worm-hole stabilized!

You know, a little exposition doesn't kill anyone. And, yes, you can do it while starting in the action. I don't care what they say.

Captain "Dee" Patters: What? Impossible. Gayle, scan it. Give me a rundown, Sir!

Chief Science Officer Admiral Gayle: Aye captain!

Tholomew: You don't needta bloody scan it; I saw it with my own two eyes! We went through and it stayed open!

I'm seeing this Tholomew character as expendable. You might want to kill him off to add to the tension.

Gayle: He appears to be I am... right, captain of course. I can't explain it, yet, but the worm hole is definitely staying open. And sensors are picking up a lot of bleed.

Patters: What kind of bleed?

Gayle: Unicorns. Mummies. Angsty teen goblins. Anything you'd see
from the spec fic universe--it's all pouring into reality.

Patters: Yellow alert! Gayle, can you please find out what's making it tick. The sooner you do, the sooner we can seal off the hole. Tholomew, can you come up with a way to force the bleed to cluster?

(Tholomew stabbed by wanton unicorn, here.)

Tholomew: I don't follow, sir.

Patters: Like dropping a magnet into a bowl of iron ball bearings; a way to keep them from rolling around.

Tholomew: I don't think so, sir. Not unless I could somehow shunt part of the wormhole into P&CE. We'd only get visuals, but nothing can resist staring in awe of a political flame war. I--yes. Yes, I can do that. It's easy. A photon torpedo rigged with anti-matter tachyons, with the right coordinates and a little bit of luck, should be able to do what you're suggesting.

Patters: Just make it happen. Save us, Gale!

Before Tholomew can leave, the forum shakes, throwing everyone dramatically to the floor and killing six people in red shirts. What a random detail...

Patters: Report!

Chief Security Officer Mei Ra: It's a critter sir. We're being critiqued.

Patters: All hands to battle stations! This is not a drill!

To be continued?

That's jsut silly and reallly? A cliff-hanger. I really think you need to...

LMFAO.

I love your change to Gayle. ;)

Tholomew should be killed by the fearsome dragon Kraygslyst.

Meira
08-06-2011, 10:20 PM
Don't get me wrong. I love the red outline and the red text. It was just the red filler in the closed in areas of letters like "p", "R", "a" etc.

Very minor nitpick because the color fills in letters remind me of my Paint program attempts and bring back bad memories. I would still pick this book up.

Actually. I'm glad you brought it up. A couple of my friends said the same thing, so Gale (ever accommodating as he is*) removed the fillers. We figured it is better to lose something no one would miss than leave something which distracts, so thanks for speaking up.

* - I don't mean to sound like a sycophant :Hail:, but - truly - he was such a pleasure to work with. First, he came up with a brilliant idea/design that is clearly catching everyone's attention, and - second - he graciously made little changes without pulling the old artist-ego, I-know-best routine.

Perks
08-06-2011, 10:25 PM
That's quite sharp looking. Congrats! I've seen Mr. Haut around and about these boards, but I didn't know he could do this.

He's a'right, that Gale guy.

I hooked up with AW's own Gale Haut, a professional graphic designer, and he started from scratch. Here is his brilliant design:

Meira
08-06-2011, 10:25 PM
Veinglory, Shelleyo, Purple Rose & Alessandra Kelley:

Thank you for weighing in. It is awesome to have more positive feedback. Definitely struck gold, Purple Rose!

Meira
08-06-2011, 10:34 PM
in red shirts. What a random detail...

Hey, the red shirts line was my favorite part!



Chief Security Officer Mei Ra: It's a critter sir. We're being critiqued.
And you cut out my cameo. Not cool!!



(Tholomew stabbed by wanton unicorn, here.)

Now *that* was cool

Love it, Bartholomew! ;)

Meira
08-06-2011, 10:35 PM
He's a'right, that Gale guy.

;)

Gale Haut
08-06-2011, 10:45 PM
This thread makes me want to frolic. :D

Bartholomew
08-06-2011, 11:04 PM
I want to watch you frolic.

Perks
08-06-2011, 11:04 PM
If you frolic, I shall report you. The Capering Cops are most unpleasant.
This thread makes me want to frolic. :D

Meira
08-06-2011, 11:25 PM
I want to watch you frolic.

I think you just commissioned him to design a cover for a debut novel: MY SATURDAY FROLIC WITH GALE

Gale Haut
08-06-2011, 11:27 PM
This is happening ppl...

http://lost100pounds.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/happydance.gif