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KateHawkings
12-28-2011, 08:47 PM
I'm quite excited to show off my new cover. What do you think?


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ItOXt5ikPj4/Tve5xcVEKTI/AAAAAAAAAKM/qLaa6dm-e9A/s320/Cover+draft1.jpeg

cosmia
12-28-2011, 10:10 PM
Looks great! I love the colors.

Jamiekswriter
12-28-2011, 10:41 PM
Love it!! Did you do it yourself?

Nathaniel Bell
12-28-2011, 11:05 PM
Eyecatching and evocative, but make your name and the title bigger. Remember it's only a thumbnail on somebody's smart phone.

Subconsciously, big name = BIG AUTHOR. People are funny that way.

KateHawkings
12-28-2011, 11:11 PM
Thanks guys :)

I purchased the artwork exclusively for this book, but I typeset it myself. I had been planning on making the cover bigger, but I'm just waiting until I can get onto the graphics program again to sort it out :)

merrihiatt
12-29-2011, 01:41 AM
Love it!

Dani
12-29-2011, 05:31 AM
Add me in there as loving it. The colors, the sun, everything. It's lovely and sexy (not in the erotic way).

PortableHal
12-29-2011, 05:51 AM
A great cover, Kate. Congratulations!

Cella
12-29-2011, 05:54 AM
very nice!

Gale Haut
01-04-2012, 11:52 PM
great cover. :)

Mclesh
01-04-2012, 11:56 PM
I like it! Very nice.

Silver-Midnight
01-04-2012, 11:57 PM
Great cover. It's really nice.

Old Hack
01-05-2012, 12:07 AM
It's very nice: but how well does it work as a thumbnail?

KateHawkings
01-05-2012, 01:34 AM
It's very nice: but how well does it work as a thumbnail?

I've been trying to figure out how to readjust the size, but it keeps enlarging itself every time I previewed it... As far as I can tell, as others have said, my name needs to be a bit bigger because in the thumbnail it's invisible. But I think it looks okay. The title is easily distinguishable, to me anyway.

Gale Haut
01-05-2012, 02:15 AM
My two cents... it should look good as a thumbnail. The title is easy enough to read and the image is distinct.

SBibb
01-05-2012, 07:16 AM
I like it, definitly looks professional. :-)

My thoughts would be not only make your name bigger, but also push the name down a little more from the top. When the books pages are being cut, you don't want it to accidently get chopped off.

Overall I like the title section, though, so if it's within safety borders, I'd leave that as is. :-)

Good luck! :-D

hughhowey
01-09-2012, 04:13 AM
That artwork is brilliant. I'd be proud to have that as a cover. Well-done!

Rebekkah
01-14-2012, 06:43 PM
That looks awesome! :)

KateHawkings
01-26-2012, 02:40 AM
Thanks everyone :)

Perks
01-26-2012, 02:46 AM
That's wonderful!

Stephen Zimmer
01-26-2012, 02:58 AM
Kate, really superb artwork, easily readable font. The artist has a nice eye for layout as well. I like the way the title text forms a kind of pyramid shape, in the context of containing the word "sphinx" in the title itself. Nice subtle touch! :)

Keep up the good work!

KateHawkings
03-01-2012, 07:09 AM
http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/430599_357960564225805_241805949174601_1145339_109 2520730_n.jpg

And the paperback cover :) Very slightly different.

SBibb
03-01-2012, 07:35 AM
Awesome cover. Out of curiousity, will the artist's name be left on the cover like that? (I'm working on book cover design, so different people's practices interest me).

In the meantime, I think the cover and blurb does it's job. When will the book be available? It sounds interesting. :-)

Old Hack
03-01-2012, 10:43 AM
Kate, I think you've got a tense-slip in your back cover copy; and does the world really threaten to "literally" fall apart? (That phrase is a cliche, and I'm sure you could do better; but the "literally" bit might be a big mistake, so I'm flagging that first.)

kaitie
03-01-2012, 11:02 AM
Very, very awesome. Great cover!

KateHawkings
03-01-2012, 01:54 PM
SBibb- Yes, I'm planning on leaving that there. Originally it came to mind in another thread (not AW) where an artist was asking if it was unreasonable to request their name on the back. At first it felt a bit strange, but I went through the books on my shelf and of the YA books a huge majority had credit so I figured I might as well too. And it's available now on Amazon and Smashwords, but I'm still waiting on the paperback proof.

Old Hack: *groan* I read it through so many times before I posted it. How could I miss that? And yeah, there's an element of the Mayan prophecy in there so it is actually falling apart.

Kaitie: Thank you :D

Old Hack
03-01-2012, 04:34 PM
Kate, I'm so sorry: I've been out all morning, and realised hours ago that it wasn't appropriate for me to have said that out in public. I should have PMed you with the comment. I'm glad to have been of help, but even more glad that you've taken it so well.

KateHawkings
03-01-2012, 05:17 PM
Kate, I'm so sorry: I've been out all morning, and realised hours ago that it wasn't appropriate for me to have said that out in public. I should have PMed you with the comment. I'm glad to have been of help, but even more glad that you've taken it so well.


There's absolutely no need to apologise! I really appreciate having it pointed out, I wish someone would have done it earlier :)


Now to figure out all the places that it's been posted *groan*.

erica_henry
04-19-2012, 06:39 AM
Eyecatching and evocative, but make your name and the title bigger. Remember it's only a thumbnail on somebody's smart phone.

. I have to remember this. I never though about what my cover would look like on a phone. It might make a big difference.