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Serendipity's Tide Cover Draft One

This is some cover art we are considering for one of my stories, which my husband has decided he wants to try publishing. He notes that it does not match the current trends in cover designs. So, will it attract the right kind of audience for the story inside? Will it attract anyone at all? Should we dump this approach and go for something a little more fashionable? Should we keep it, but maybe fix a few things… and if so, what? (If you left click on it and load it in another window, you can get a slightly larger version.)

Here’s the whole wrap around image without the text:
Serendipity's Tide Full Cover Draft One

Mirrored on My Website.

Date: 2012-11-06 06:51 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] mneme
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I like it! It's stylized, and I'd expect a story with some old-fashioned swashbuckling, with that art and title (even without visible swords--but then, the Baroness Orczy proved you could do swash and buckle without swordfights (mostly) over a century ago).

Date: 2012-11-06 10:54 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] yhlee
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I like the concept of the art, and I would expect swashbuckling, but I'm concerned that the color scheme is too drab. Something has to be done with the title/author, too, to make it pop more, especially with that font; I can barely read it. If someone fiddled with levels to make the background elements paler--keep the mysterious mistiness without making me feel like I'm stuck in a poorly-lit room--I could go for this.

Date: 2012-11-07 04:16 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] yhlee
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A fancy plaque would work for me and would fit the implied mood of the story. :-)

Script fonts are tough! So I am the world's worst icon-maker, but what I discovered is that so many of them are beautiful but hard to read, especially at small sizes (or, in the case of a book, from a distance). (Current icon as a case in point.)

Date: 2012-11-08 05:05 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lizvogel
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At first glance: A kid's book about... um... a Titanic-style shipwreck?

On second glance: ...maybe with something Japanese going on in it. Or French. (It's the sleeves on the standing figure, and the collar on the seated one.)

After reading the other comments: I did have to blink at the script to parse the first word of the title, but on the other hand it was pretty enough to hold my attention long enough to do so.

It's a very pretty piece of art. It could do with a bit less fog, however. (That's probably what made me think Titanic, come to think of it.)

Date: 2012-12-11 12:13 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] lizvogel
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(Sorry for the vastly belated reply. I plead NaNo. And, well, laziness.)

I think what made me think "kid's book" is that the seated figure reminds me of some classic French kid's book that was pushed at me when I was a child (the name of which now escapes me). And there's... something about the front of the lifeboat; it's not cartoonish, not by any means, but something in the style is twigging Children's Section for me.

Mind you, modern-day book marketing hardly ever has the effect on me that it supposedly does on most people, so I may be anomalous data.

I will say, the problem with doing something "more fashionable" is that everybody else is doing it too, kind of by definition. If you like this and it suits the book, maybe better to go with it and stand out from the herd than to do what the current wisdom dictates and end up looking just like every other book out there.

Nifty Titanic facts! My housemate dragged me to a Titanic exhibit recently; I've never been one for ocean liner disasters either, but the social and economic history surrounding it is just fascinating.

And not everyone is going to stop and geek over the font. :(

Their loss. ;-)

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