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Perks
09-01-2016, 10:28 PM
How funny is this?

I'm not much of a visual thinker. I have very limited design skills. So it was fun and gratifying to have had an idea that they loved (and used) when they wanted to redesign the cover for the paperback release of my second novel. It was based on something I'd seen on the internet a while back. I described it to them and they took it and made something really cool out of it, I think.

Two days ago, Simon & Schuster (of which my publisher is an imprint of) put out a new book, a YA horror anthology.

Think my idea lived on?


http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s40/Perks_album/f26d2acb-9426-486b-9f6c-04b3fa923bb8_zpsovnrbegb.jpg http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s40/Perks_album/ca4c1635-ad3c-4082-abba-321f2b1adc9e_zpslxfmjt3n.jpg

Cyia
09-01-2016, 10:35 PM
Honestly, yours is better. It's far more symmetrical, and the black and white gives it weight.

I would never think that the one with the guy's face is horror, or YA. It looks like - maybe - something about a person with mental illness, but the lack of symmetry in the hands ruins any effect they might have gotten out of the framing.

Perks
09-01-2016, 10:38 PM
It's hideous. I can't stop laughing. It's really awful.

But I love what they did for mine.

Gilroy Cullen
09-01-2016, 10:40 PM
Definitely like yours better. The other... The face is the wrong shape for the idea, the hands just don't align right... And unless that is the villain of the piece, that doesn't say YA horror to me.

Perks
09-01-2016, 10:41 PM
It's the sneer, I think, that's killing me. It makes me laugh. I can't take him seriously.

Maryn
09-01-2016, 10:57 PM
Another vote for yours. (Plus it's a good book. So there!)

Perks
09-01-2016, 11:03 PM
Another vote for yours. (Plus it's a good book. So there!)

That's very sweet. Thank you. xoxo

mrsmig
09-01-2016, 11:14 PM
Yours is far more effective. Everything about the second cover seems off - the color, the expression, the perspective. Just ugh.

MaeZe
09-01-2016, 11:20 PM
I absolutely love your cover. The other one makes no sense to me.

Tazlima
09-01-2016, 11:45 PM
Well looky there... you just got yourself a heaping dose of the sincerest form of flattery! I guess that's just the price of being awesome. :D

And ditto what others have said. Yours is way better.

jjdebenedictis
09-01-2016, 11:49 PM
Okay, I'll be the oddball and say I really like both of them.

On the guy's face, the lack of symmetry makes the sneer disjointed and it's not clear whether he's giving the camera his best bitch-face or that's a side effect of the photography. I think that ambiguousness works well for a cover that is supposed to be creepy. It's just a little "off", and a lot of what makes horror disturbing to us is when a person or situation is portrayed as just "off" enough that your subconscious starts bugging you but you can't consciously say what's wrong.

Perks
09-01-2016, 11:51 PM
Well looky there... you just got yourself a heaping dose of the sincerest form of flattery! I guess that's just the price of being awesome. :D

And ditto what others have said. Yours is way better.

Thanks! It was only my idea. The coolness of the actual piece is down to the cover designer. She's a terrific artist and I can easily say who I think wore the idea best!!

Raindrop
09-02-2016, 12:02 AM
Similar concepts, but OMG the difference in execution. Yours is brill'. I always feel a tad envious of your forum av.

juniper
09-02-2016, 02:37 AM
Reminder for me to get this. Is this a sequel to your first or different characters?

Perks
09-02-2016, 02:48 AM
Reminder for me to get this. Is this a sequel to your first or different characters?

Ha! Happy unintended consequences. :)

Well, thank you and it's a totally different story. No overlap whatsoever.

Liosse de Velishaf
09-02-2016, 03:35 AM
Perks, yours is so many miles ahead on composition it makes me wonder what S&S was thinking. Like, how in the world could Jonathan Marberry have signed off on that train wreck. Okay, is there a RYFCD rule I should be following. I just personally find your cover so much better it shocks me.

Glass Valkyrie
09-02-2016, 04:02 AM
Wow. I've always liked your cover, thought it was really different. It's cool they liked your idea, but... wow. Not much of a fan of the other.

tiakall
09-02-2016, 05:43 PM
Putting in another vote for Perks's cover being far superior. :)

aruna
09-17-2016, 07:30 PM
maybe it's my iPad acting up, but I don't see a link?