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  1. S Raven

    S Raven Member

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    Cover Feedback

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by S Raven, Apr 3, 2015.

    Here is the cover for a novel I'm working on. I'd love some feedback.

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    Thanks
     
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    The pics are clear and the font large enough.

    I would recommend more bleed area, especially if you intend to have it available as a print version. Maybe reduce the size of the symbol so that the zombie can be dropped down some at least.
     
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    Is this a new version of something we saw once before?
     
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    That symbol, is it an official biohazard symbol? It's just that I remember it being used for a lot of the 28 Days Later marketing.
     
  5. Jack Asher

    Jack Asher Wildly experimental Contributor

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    It is the international symbol for biohazardous material, just like the one I keep on my fridge.
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    @S Raven, if you're title isn't going to be in a serifed font, your name should also be san-serif. Don't mix serifed and sans-serifed fonts unless you really know what you're doing.
     
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    Jack Asher Wildly experimental Contributor

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    Fun trick: when you go to the doctors, ask for some bio hazard sample bags. Most nurses will just give them to you, and when your sandwich is in a bio hazard bag no one at the office will eat it.
     
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    Fun trick: when you go to the doctors, ask for some bio hazard sample bags. Most nurses will just give them to you, and when your sandwich is in a bio hazard bag no one at the office will eat it.

    I actually got some of these bags, and bio tape to post out review copies.

    Is this a new version of something we saw once before?

    Possibly, I started this a year or so ago, but looked in my previous posts and couldn't find it. Sorry if I made a duplicate post.

    I would recommend more bleed area, especially if you intend to have it available as a print version. Maybe reduce the size of the symbol so that the zombie can be dropped down some at least.

    Thanks.
    Edit: Have checked this against a cover template, all text and image is now away from bleed area:
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    @@S Raven, if you're title isn't going to be in a serifed font, your name should also be san-serif. Don't mix serifed and sans-serifed fonts unless you really know what you're doing.

    I don't understand what you mean.
    Edit:
    Do you mean it should be like this?
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    Ben
     
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    [​IMG]
    But there's a couple of other changes I'd make to the name. For a start that font is awful. Here's a very confusing font picking spreadsheet that I won't pop in here for reasons that will become obvious when you see it. It recommends Optima, and I agree with it.

    I also suggest using either small caps or all caps, small caps being the better option. The book title is all caps so the lower case on your name look a little weird. After that I would experiment with some of the feather effect you used on the title. Just a very little bit, to see how it looks.

    I would probably shrink the bio hazard symbol. It does a good job of breaking up the title and author, but it's too close to the text of both.
     
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    Thanks for taking time to explain the font types, and for your ideas and feedback.
    This is what I have come up with:
    Variation 1:
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    Variation 2:
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    Variation 3:
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    Variation 4:
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    Many thanks.
     
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    Absolutely, 100%, Variant 1. The text looks fantastic now.

    Good work!
     
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    Thanks, I also preferred that one.
    Thanks again for your time, much appreciated.

    Any chance you can give some ideas for the rear cover?
    It's very boring atm and needs a lot of work.
    Here are some initial mockups.
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    4:
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    Well the first thing I would say is that the bio hazard symbol should not be behind the text. Beyond that we have a question of what tone you want to send with the text on the back, because all of your different mock ups set a different tone.

    The tone for 1 is very clinical, very detatched. It says, "This is a clinical problem. Medicine will save us."

    2 is more ominous. We get the feeling that the words are comming through smoke, so a more ephemeral feeling is being conveyed there. The tone is less hopefull. It says, "you may live, you may die. The text does not care."

    3 brings a more godly look to it. The white on white looks like there's some hope to be had

    And 4 just looks outright sinister.

    Of those I would probably go with 4 but it's your call.
     
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    Thanks again. Removed bio sign and it's looking good.
    Also redid the spine in black with white text with a red glow.
     
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    I think I'd move the handprint down. The text cuts off the thumb, and there's a bunch of blank space at the bottom.
     
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    This is what I have so far:

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    I need some space at bottom for barcode.
     
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    This shows the cover, front, back and spine:

    [​IMG]
     

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