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  1. outsider

    outsider Contributing Member Contributor

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    Ebook Cover Disasters

    Discussion in 'Self-Publishing' started by outsider, Mar 19, 2015.

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  2. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

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    This reminds me of this post from the Kahn's Corner blog (very much worth reading, BTW).

    More here.
     
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    Edward M. Grant Contributing Member

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    The author of the 'But... you're a horse!' book says that sales have increased dramatically thanks to the news stories. Wish I could get that kind of exposure for my books!
     
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    Everything about the "But... you're a horse" title and cover is inspired. I wouldn't class that as a disaster.
     
  5. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    If you write humor you can have a humorous cover.
     
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    AutumnGaslight New Member

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    My book cover is no saint (being redone properly. Only using the current for a week)... but these ones are pure fail. So bad it's brilliant hehe
     
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    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    One of the biggest mistakes self-published authors make is not investing in a professional cover. If you're going to put all that time into writing and publishing a novel, and then throw an amateur cover on it, I think you've made a mistake. Another mistake is not hiring a decent editor if you need one.
     
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    Totally (and ironically) agreed.
     
  10. A.M.P.

    A.M.P. People Buy My Books for the Bio Photo Contributor

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    Omg, did you read some of the new cover disasters?
    Whorenado and Children of the Lambs are the best :3
     
  11. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

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    I've mentioned this before in similar discussions, but besides terrible artwork, what's with books with multiple titles?

    The Wind Across My Face
    I Breezy Murder Mystery
    Book 1: The Year of El NiƱo

    Pick a frakking title - one title - not three! :wtf:
     
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    I love this!

    I basically now want to marry Chuck Tingle
     
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    That was funny. I have extensive experience in photoshop, so if you're close to your self-publishing deadline and want a free cover -- shoot me a PM. If I have time, I'll get the details and help you out.
     
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    Haaa. Reminds me of the first book I finished and I wanted a cover for it. I got a friend to make me a cover for it.

    He took a selfie, changed the color of it, then manipulated the photo so much it looked like a star burst and you had no idea it was originally a selfie.

    Twas quite beautiful, really.
     
  15. Australis

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    The horse one isn't that bad (ok, the topic is creepy), but I wouldn't rate the cover as bad. Texting Mr Right mightn't be fantastic, but it's hardly the worst either.
     
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    [​IMG]

    I do not even have words for this.
     
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    cutecat22 The Strange One Contributor

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    have a look at http://lousybookcovers.com/
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Reminds me of this:

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    I'm not sure it's that simple. I think the people who put their books out with these covers simply have no sense of vision. I mean, how could they? I honestly don't think they realise how bad their cover is until it ends up on one of these sites.

    This returns us to the 'never judge a book by its cover' argument, and why I believe it's not only justified, but advised. If these people can't see how bad their covers are, what's the writing going to be like?
     
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    Well, Candy, Blood, and Sex sure lets you know what the book is about, doesn't it.
    Rapture Theory's cover wouldn't be so bad without the pool ball holder.
     
  21. Australis

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    What do people think about this cover?

    Matilda Meets The Death Queen x420.jpg
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    I've seen much worse. At least it's fairly clean.
     
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    Not a lot. A blank cover with the author and title would be preferable.
     
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    Hi,

    OMG they're brilliant! My only objection is that none of mine are included. But personally the photoshopped cat / bat on the Lorellei book takes the cake. It's just so brilliantly wrong.

    Cheers, Greg.
     

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