May 29, 2012

Covers!

I spent a crazy weekend at the World Steam Expo, most of it with a sword training school (Aegis) doing crazy things like repelling, knife fights, and nerf wars talking over the pool (after hours, of course).  I swear, being asked to join the school was one of the highlights of the weekend. There was much sadness going around when I had to say I couldn't because of Ethiopia.

The school does training with SWAT teams, and we got a quick course before versing the school's students in trying to take over the pool. My knees are so bruised from doing that for two nights.

The other highlight was meeting Howard Taylor, creator of the webcomic Schlock Mercenary, and as I know him best, one of the hosts for Writing Excuses. Writing Excuses is hands down the best writing podcast I've found, and I completely geeked when I realized who Howard was. We talked a few times throughout the expo when we came across each other and I totally felt smarter just talking to him.


That being said, it was my last weekend entirely to myself before I leave. I've kinda spent the day packing (the Internet is distracting), and am uber aware of what I need to get done before Monday morning.

While I'm still working on finalizing my manuscript, I've been working on those covers I talked about earlier. Because the cheap computer I'm bringing to Ethiopia doesn't support my version of Photoshop so I have to perfect it now.

So, Flicker.

It's a paranormal drama set in rural Wisconsin. Cydelle has a family trait to see ghosts, but only those of animals hang around her family's farm. So she sets off to find a human ghost.

Yeah, I need to work on summaries and pitches and loglines and the like.  But, based on that, which of the following covers do you guys think would work? And go ahead and recommend alterations, as I can edit all of them.



15 comments:

  1. Nerf fights! Ideal! I wanna go!

    As for the covers, I like the last one, but I think the picture is too solid - it needs a ghosty/misty feel to mirror the story. The story sounds great, by the way!

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    1. So, maybe blur the background and glow the font (so it looks like the first one)?

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    2. I just typed 'horse in mist' into Google images - check them out to see what I mean, but yes a bit of blur might work. The glow on the font is good.

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    3. Ah, see what you mean. I'll have to look up a tutorial for adding mist, but the glow should be easy to edit.

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  2. That sounds awesome! I'm so thinking of you, I just looked at the date and was like eeek monday! Anyway, I like the first cover but the third is my favorite (maybe try it with a different front too?) The story sounds awesome & I can't wait to read it!

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    1. Yeah...Monday...It's a date we're all tip-toeing around here. Glda you like the story, and what type of font were you thinking? Something less cursivy?

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    2. Yes! Or maybe just your name in cursive and the title in something different.

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  3. I really like the third one! And Ethiopia? Wow!

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    1. Righto, I think the third one's a winner. Now, just to edit it.

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  4. I like the third cover, too. So glad to see Howard on your blog. He's amazing!

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    1. Yes, Howard is amazing. I feel so honored to have met him. And your vote is noted!

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  5. I like the font and squiggles on the second cover, but it needs something more. Not quite sure the last image fits with what you have for a blurb. It's pretty and I like it as a cover (Make the title bigger though!) but I wouldn't think of ghosts.

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    1. Would it make a difference if I say horse ghosts play a role? I'll definitely see if I can make that last one spookier though.

      I am rather fond of my squiggles, I spent a good deal of time working on them.

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  6. I really like the second one... but it might just be because that's the kind of cover I envision for my books... haha.

    The third one is great too.

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    1. I do have a thing for abstract covers, and the second one fits that bill.

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