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message 1: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments I'm having trouble deciding between these two. Which cover do you find more appealing?

message 2: by A.M. (new)

A.M. (goodreadscomauthoramwillard) The first one.

message 3: by Sara (new)

Sara Pascoe (sarapascoe) | 14 comments Hmmm. I like the first one composition better, but the photoshop job on her bottom half to make it look like she's walking in the water, looks a bit silvery -- pops out a bit as photoshop-y. The second is quite nice too, maybe a bit more overtly sexual?

message 4: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments I'm leaning more towards the first because it actually suits the story better but I'm not sure if the second is more catchy. I wanted to see which one would catch people's attention (who haven't read the book).

message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily | 80 comments I'm a little different here I like the second one better. But I may not count since I'm actually in the middle of reading it. :)
Also I think a different font and some creativeness in adding the font to the picture instead of the black block's on the top and bottom could make it stand out more.

message 6: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments Every vote counts, LOL!
I'm afraid I'm not very crafty with covers... From the second I like the position she's in and the fact that she's floating, what I don't like is that it's too obvious that it's just a regular swimming pool.
The first one relates to the story but I guess a cover is more about first impressions before you pick up the book.

message 7: by Lena (new)

Lena | 172 comments Mod
I like the second picture much better. But agree w Emily. It screams self-published/created own cover.

You can usually hire a professional who charges very little if you have the picture and know what you want. I've seen some great covers for $30 or so.

message 8: by Jeni (new)

Jeni (jenilynn27) | 8 comments Honestly both are really good. I kind of like the second one better though as it seemed more artsy with the position she was in but I did like being able to see under the water in the 1st one. Tough decision!

message 9: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments I very much appreciate everyone's input!
Lena, do you have anyone you could recommend?

message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily | 80 comments Cristina wrote: "I very much appreciate everyone's input!
Lena, do you have anyone you could recommend?"

I'll give it a try without pay just to see what I can come up with for you. I've been playing around with cover making for a while now. Want to eventually get into making covers for others when I get confident enough with it.

message 11: by Phyllis (new)

Phyllis Still (phyllisastill) The first one made me curious about the story. The second one made me giggle and think,"What the h...?"

message 12: by Alice (new)

Alice Lake (alicelake) | 33 comments Definitely the first one. In the second one, she looks like she's drowning.

message 13: by Lise8 (new)

Lise8 | 29 comments Personally, I do not like how idealistic the ladies are in either cover, but then, it all depends on the genre for your story. At the moment, the cover in no way matches the title, as to what I associate 'adaptation' with. (if you want to know the link I am making: the lady has been or will be a mermaid... or suddenly able to breath underwater... something like that... The fact that she is so pristine perfect makes me think that she is going to have males fall for her left right and center. If that is what the story is about, then great, but somehow, I doubt that it the correct response)

I might help us make a better judgment if you tell us a bit about the story it is a cover for.

As for anything to has to do with attracting readership, think: What do I want my reader to think/ feel? What will make most of my target readership feel/ think that?

message 14: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments Here is the description, maybe this helps?

The first eight years of Scarlett Bender’s life had been mysteriously obliterated from her memory when she was found nearly unconscious on a beach in Barloc –an island where swimming is prohibited, and with strict laws against immigration or emigration. She didn’t have a serial number to identify her as a citizen; only a tag that indicated she was a subject of the Agency for Adaptation.

Determined to unearth the secrets that surround her and suspecting that she was experimented on, she does the one thing she was warned not to do. She joins the Agency for Adaptation.

It is the future and natural disasters plague the Earth. Everyone thinks the Agency for Adaptation is in charge of keeping people safe –but everyone doesn’t know about Scarlett. Except for Paxton Ray, the young and handsome Officer who apparently knows more than he lets on, and who has her falling head over heels for him.

Keeping her true identity hidden while trying to unveil a conspiracy proves to be a challenge. However, as she delves deeper into the secrets that the Agency harbors, she begins to realize that things are not what they seem and the bigger challenge may actually be facing the truth.

message 15: by Phyllis (new)

Phyllis Still (phyllisastill) Sounds good. Hope you find a great cover to do it justice.

message 16: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Auran | 4 comments The book description sounds really interesting and I can't say that either cover does it justice. If you need a beta reader for the book then let me know.

message 17: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments Thanks Courtney, I could always use one more beta reader :)
I'll email you the manuscript, is pdf ok?

message 18: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Auran | 4 comments pdf is fine!

message 19: by R.L. (last edited May 10, 2014 01:22AM) (new)

R.L. Tighe (rltighe) | 73 comments Hi there

I think the first cover looks more like a fiction book cover from the two. Also, from your description I think your book is leaning towards the science fiction genre (sorry if I am wrong about that)and the vibrancy in the sky and water on the first cover reflects this better, I think. The first cover matches your description a little better also I think.

Hope this helps :)

message 20: by Gillian (new)

Gillian | 18 comments The first one is lovely. It give a sense of place and is much more interesting and aluring than the second.

message 21: by Carly (new)

Carly Marino | 17 comments First one!!! Beautiful!

message 22: by Dan (new)

Dan | 2 comments Just a thought... the first one is far better but still seems too prosaic to me for your subject matter. Would it be possible to add something science fiction-y? Depending on your world, it might be airships high in the sky, futuristic buildings on the skyline of the distant land, etc.? Also, tastes are personal, but I think you should change the font for your name. There are plenty of cursive script fonts that look more professional and appealing, at least to my eye.

message 23: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments I just want to say thank you to everyone for all the valuable feedback!

message 24: by Luke (new)

Luke Ahearn | 23 comments I love the first one, the fact that you can see below the surface and see the sand. I would drop the black and white bars if possible and use a font that was readable over the image.

message 25: by alli (new)

alli (abul770) | 3 comments The first one, except get rid of the black and white. It does not flow very well.

message 26: by J.B. (last edited May 12, 2014 06:44PM) (new)

J.B. Morgan I like the second one better. I do like the backdrop for book one but I like the black and white bars on book two with the model better.

message 27: by Relina (new)

Relina Skye (relinaskye) | 69 comments I actually like the second one. It makes me feel like her adaptation is water based. Now, I haven't read through all of the comments, nor have I read the synopsis. So, just from a random person seeing your cover for the first time perspective I would guess that your story is about a woman who is able to breath underwater? At least that's the feel I get from the second cover. The first cover just makes me feel that this chick is either on vacation or that the story revolves around a beach theme.

message 28: by I-Lanaa (new)

I-Lanaa Twine | 22 comments Hey Cristina,
I liked the second one better. Definitely eye catching, and something I haven't seen before. Perhaps a different font could make it pop a little. May I ask how it was designed? Is this software you purchased or did you have someone do it for you? I'm finalizing my first novel and looking for ideas on appealing but cost efficient covers. Thanks.

message 29: by Thomas (last edited May 16, 2014 06:14PM) (new)

Thomas E Montgomery (thomasemont) | 2 comments I like the picture on the second cover, but then a well formed girl in a skimpy swim suit, what's not to like.
From your blurb, I have some questions:
The first eight years of her life? She is quite developed for eight years old. Is she a clone?
If she's found unconscious on the beach, why show her in the water?
It does sound like an intriguing story. Good luck.

message 30: by Addy (new)

Addy (remilko) | 3 comments First one definitely!!!

message 31: by winterthekatt (new)

winterthekatt | 9 comments Thank you to everyone who has shared their opinion with me... it looks like the first one has more "votes" so I'm going with that one, even though it's a close call! I've just uploaded the manuscript to swoonreads so if anyone is interested in reading it for free, this is the link:

message 32: by Wayne (new)

Wayne (WayneQuartermaine) I like the one with the woman standing up looking outwards.

message 33: by J. (new)

J. Core (jdcore) | 8 comments They are both good, but number one is better by a country mile.

message 34: by Noran (new)

Noran Nasr | 20 comments i prefer the 1st one

message 35: by Heather (new)

Heather (birdsonthehill) | 4 comments I prefer the first one too!

message 36: by J.B. (last edited May 19, 2014 03:37PM) (new)

J.B. Morgan I think going with the first one was a good idea in the end since reading your description.

message 37: by Kat (new)

Kat Panos | 1 comments First one... More intriguing. Second one sort of made me cringe.

Hope it helps.

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