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message 1: by Donald (last edited Jul 05, 2018 09:01AM) (new)

Donald Allan (donalddallan) | 2 comments I'm a self-published author with four novels in a series under my name. I have never sought comment on my covers (self-designed) and would welcome any constructive criticism. The novels all have very similar designs. I only change the cover tree, the back ground image, and the line colour.

https://i.imgur.com/VWzIrQT.jpg


message 2: by Harald, The Swimmer (last edited Jul 06, 2018 06:56AM) (new)

Harald | 409 comments Mod
Welcome, Donald! And thanks for posting and asking for feedback.

First, it's always best to share SMALL cover images for review. The link you're giving goes to a very large image, which is not the best to view as few will see it that size. My suggestion is to look at the covers lined up on your Amazon Author Page:
https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B010...
Those are closer to the size readers will actually be seeing online.
For reviewing book covers, smaller is better.

Now to the substance...

1. You do have good consistency among the four novels. It's clearly a series. And, of course, congrats on having a four-book series!

2. In general, I think the covers are too complex. Too many things happening, and my eyes are jumping all over the place trying to make them out (and make sense of them). The best covers (in my view) contain three strong elements: (A) main title, (B) main image, and (C) author name. There can be other things, too, like series book names, but the main three are really what count. So...

3. Your main titles are easy to read and that's good. I would only question the choice of font, which is too "common" for me. Something with a little more flair (+ more condensed and bolder/taller) might be better. Something that communicates "fantasy" more.

4. I question the handling of the important trees. For one thing, I can't really see them at a decently small size. I personally think the covers would be stronger by emphasizing the trees over everything else. Make them big, make them strong. And this may sound radical to you, but I would just delete the bottom or top image. Are they absolutely essential? Why? What would happen if you blurred out the castle images and let the trees be big and standing out from those images? Just a thought.

Again, in summary, I would suggest simplifying the covers with fewer elements, but then emphasizing those elements. More like this:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01...

I hope these suggestions are useful to you.


message 3: by Donald (new)

Donald Allan (donalddallan) | 2 comments Thank you very much for your comments. All very good points for me to consider. Cheers!


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