Voting for Mockup Covers

Throughout February, I created mockup covers for my next book, The House with Two Faces (which I guess I should abbreviate to HTF, like I did with CSM).  For the first few days, I kept adding and changing things, then added and changed more covers.

Here’s what the first poll looked like:

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1, 3, and 4 got the most votes.  A lot of people chose #1, I suppose because of its adherence to the title and its simple vector style which is similar to The Cycle of the Six Moons covers.  But I wanted to make sure that this book has nothing to do with CSM, so I wanted to stray away from that.

I still liked #2, though, mostly because of how it has to do with “magic!” and those who actually read the synopsis made good points about the second cover.

So then, instead of narrowing down the results, I offered a bunch of alternatives.

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In the end, it came down to 3 and 4.

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So I offered even more alternatives by making #1 look more art deco with the corner pieces and the font, and I liked the red I added to her face, so I added that to #2.

BUT IT WAS STILL MISSING THE MAGICAL ASPECT.  So then I did THIS

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And I really liked #3 because of magic and 20s buuuut still, the votes were super close between #1 and #2.

I gathered 357 votes total.

That put #1 at 44%, #2 at 38%, and #3 at 18%.

#1 was preferred by high school and middle school students, as well as girls.

#2 was preferred by people my age and older, as well as boys.

So, in the end, I guess we’re going with this one.

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Which is actually my least favorite cover ’cause I just don’t prefer photographic images of faces on covers 😅

Anyway, this isn’t a “final mockup” cover.  It’s just what I’m going to use when I post the first three chapters on Wattpad so I can get beta readers 🙂

 

Behind the Cover of The Last Winter Moon

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Welp, if you couldn’t tell from watching yesterday’s video, the “cover reveal” for the third book in the Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, The Last Winter Moon, was an April Fool’s Joke.

Weeeeeeee.

HOWEVER, Gediyon’s voice actor, John Archer, actually did create the above artwork.  I got into a Skype call with him like I do when I direct him for the shorts, and he shared his screen, took the official artwork from The Starriest Summer and An Eclipsing Autumn, and created the above masterpiece in MS Paint.  A few times I laughed, “Wow, this is aaaawful.”  The dimensions aren’t even right X’D  There’s sooo much wrong with it.

Fret not, dear readers, as the actual artwork of The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon will be done by Brandon Lacey, whose work you can check out here: http://blue-paint-sea.deviantart.com/  The book won’t be released until late this year, so there’s plenty of time to make it spiffy and beautiful 😉

If the video revealed anything, though, the third book cover will be purple.  Hurrah!

The Starriest Summer Cover Reveal!

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Here is the super fabulous cover for The Cycle of the Six Moons:  The Starriest Summer!  The artist is Brandon Lacey, one of the conceptual artists for Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.  Check out more of Brandon’s work here!  blue-paint-sea.deviantart.com

So here’s a fun behind the scenes look at what went into making the cover.  I contacted Brandon, good ol’ pal that he is, because I wanted a vector, silhouette-style cover that I knew he could do better than I could.  We talked about what I wanted to get out of it, and I sent him a PDF with all of the reference material.

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