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message 1: by Vidya (new)

Vidya (vidyasamson) | 22 comments Hi! I just joined this group and this is my first post here.

I plan to self e-publish 2 novels in my YA paranormal romance series, with more to follow later. The covers in this genre usually feature a pretty girl in a lovely flowing dress.

My first is titled MY DEADLY PRINCE CHARMING. What do you think of this pic as the cover for it:

My second is titled MY SAVIOR CINDERELLA. What do you think of this pic as the cover for it:

And I also want to publish a free sample of the first 20,000 words of the first novel. And title it something like MY DEADLY PRINCE CHARMING Free Sample Chapters. What do you think of this pic as the cover for it:

I know none of these covers are the best they could be but I'm trying to avoid spending on making expensive covers. Three covers would really add up….So since I found these 3 pics that I think I can use just as they are, with just the title and name added, I figured, why not.

What do you think? Are these pics too awful to use or are they passable and even attractive enough? Do they look professional or amateurish? Thanks for any feedback.

message 2: by Heather (new)

Heather Leigh (goodreadscomheather_leigh) | 18 comments How old is the girl supposed to be? That model looks kinda... I don't know, 40ish?

message 3: by Vidya (new)

Vidya (vidyasamson) | 22 comments The heroine is just 18. I didn’t realize the model looked that old.

message 4: by Heather (new)

Heather Leigh (goodreadscomheather_leigh) | 18 comments It could just be me. She has that plastic surgery looking mouth that older women get. Otherwise, I like the photo. She just seems older than she should to me.

message 5: by Vidya (new)

Vidya (vidyasamson) | 22 comments Thanks. I did realize the model might be too buxom. I mention several times in the novel that my heroine is thin and flat chested.

What do you think of this instead as the cover for MY DEADLY PRINCE CHARMING:

and either of the 2 below for MY SAVIOR CINDERELLA:

and this for MY DEADLY PRINCE CHARMING Free Sample Chapters:

I would trim the sides of all these to focus the image more on the girl and make it the correct cover size.

message 6: by Heather (new)

Heather Leigh (goodreadscomheather_leigh) | 18 comments LOVE THEM ALL!!!!

Especially this one.

message 7: by Heather (new)

Heather Leigh (goodreadscomheather_leigh) | 18 comments I understand the pain of finding the right cover. I went through several failures before finding the best one. Look at tons of successful books in your genre. That's the best way to figure out what people like.

Good luck!

message 8: by Vidya (new)

Vidya (vidyasamson) | 22 comments Thanks! There is a brighter, more cheerful version of that pic:

the exact same pic but with a brighter sunny background instead of a darker stormy one. Now I thought dark and stormy was more appropriate for a paranormal but do you think the brigher one more suits the savior theme?

message 9: by Empress (last edited May 07, 2014 02:26AM) (new)

Empress (the_empress) I like the dark better. The one is like an advertising for a washing powder. Too white, too sunny, too cheerful, what is this novel about? But I do lean toward darker (not only in contrast) readings and covers usually!

message 10: by Heather (new)

Heather Leigh (goodreadscomheather_leigh) | 18 comments I agree with Ellie, darker is better.

message 11: by Vidya (new)

Vidya (vidyasamson) | 22 comments Thanks! darker it is then.

message 12: by Lena (new)

Lena | 172 comments Mod
I like the very first picture in the first post. I dont think her age shows much since she's kind of in shadow. What does your heroine look like? Those first pics were dark haired, mysterious...the next batch was blondes and a more sunny feel. I do like that one in the water, if she's a blonde.

message 13: by Relina (new)

Relina Skye (relinaskye) | 69 comments It really depends how you wrote the story. Too often the model on the cover looks nothing like how the character is described in the story. I liked the winter fairy and the third picture in that group. The second one had interesting images if they fit your character. The girl standing in front of the castle reminds me most of Cinderella. I also think that if your title has Prince Charming in it then he should be on the cover or at least in the background.
Hope this helps. :D
Oh, and by the way this site:
Helped me a lot to design my own cover.

message 14: by Addy (new)

Addy (remilko) | 3 comments I really like the pictures in the first post. Especially because they match better with your theme compared to the blonde in the water who looks nothing like a Cinderella.

Just my opinion:)

Are these books adult or YA?

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