Sunday, July 24, 2011

Better?

I haven't found any people images I like so far, so I'm staying with this theme again to see if this version resonates at all and, if so, which color scheme works best.

Revise of the blurb to come. Ya'll had some terrific suggestions.

Tuesday, a special author guest!


13 comments:

Landra said...

Like the middle one so far for color scheme. The sabertooth head's color is more realistic I think with the middle one, but I would almost like to see that coloring against the green. Regardless love the font and font color against the black background.

Getting there. People images are difficult.

Caitlin said...

i much prefer this newer version than the last with the yellow cover that just kept on reminding me of a highschool science textbook. and like Landra, i prefer the colouring of the middle the most. ad love the heart rate monitor thingy (what do you call those?) over your name and i like the darker colour scheme etc. am curious what you're aiming for with people... looking forward to it1

fairyhedgehog said...

I strongly prefer the left-hand one with the green background.

I'm not convinced that the link with "extinct doesn't mean forever" is going to work because it's not obvious to me that that's the most important thing about this current book.

I wonder if you can just rely on people checking out your other work if they like this one, or maybe a link in the book itself saying: 'you might like to read more...' or something.

Matt said...

A heart rate monitor is called an EKG.

I agree with fairyhedgehog's comment. Though not sure if left or middle is better. Maybe there's still too much going on in the cover?

Simon John Cox said...

Hi Phoenix

I like the far left one the best, because I think the contrast between the sabretooth and the background is the strongest in that one, and because for me the theme of "pandemic disease" is implied more strongly by the green background...

Simon

AA said...

I like the left (green) one.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Thanks all! I will continue to tweak per comments. Getting something that looks natural big and pops at the thumbnail size is hard!

I'll also consider whether the Extinct tagline needs to be on the cover. Maybe there's a more creative way to use it in the description. It is meaningful to this story what with mammoths and saber tooths being cloned, but it could well be I'm trying too hard with it.

Ooh, Jurassic Park 4 was just greenlighted for production. Maybe that and any new updates on the mammoth cloning project will put readers in the mood for a new take on an old trope...

@Caitlin: Since I want to convey "medical" in the cover, I was looking at using people in the health profession. The female MC is a veterinarian and the male MC is with the Center for Disease Control. The people thing came up when a few folk suggested the original cover draft needed people.

I'm not a people person myself, but I'm willing to try on all suggestions!

Jo-Ann said...

Hi, Phoenix
Well done, you picked yourself up and kept going despite your original cover receiving less-than-flattering feedback.

The newer versions are more consistent with the thriller, horror or spec. fic. genres. I prefer the green background myself, although all three are passable. I especially like the detail (fur and eye) on the skull.

Wilkins MacQueen said...

I prefer the green background on the left.Tells me there is growing going on. Extinction to life.

I love this theme. I've always been taken with it. The Jurassic movies are favorites of mine. Delighted number 4 found its legs.

Sylvia said...

Definitely better. This works for me. I love the monitor line with a beat, showing me that lives are at stake (although I don't know if it is about the sabretooth coming to life or people being threatened - and I don't think that matters). This is a bit fussy, but : I like the green background (for a clear science feel) and the middle skull (less orange). But if I had to choose just one, it would definitely be the left one.

Chelsea P. said...

Green, green, a thousand times green.

Phoenix Sullivan said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your input. Oh, did I mention thank you?

Per feedback, I think I'll work on muting the green background just a bit and toning the orangy hue of the skull down to its more natural color so it's more eye-pleasing but still pops out, especially at thumbnail size. I think I'll kill the subtitle too, "Extinct doesn't mean forever," though it breaks my heart to do it. That'll take some busy-ness out of the cover.

Hugs to all of you! You guys are THE BEST!

Sarah Laurenson said...

I like the green as well. And oddly enough, didn't see the difference between the other two until I read the comments and went back to look again. The difference in the background was striking enough to have my eye focus on that.

Not sure what the green (or grey) stuff is and not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

We do have to kill our darlings sometimes.