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Nathan Adam January 10, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Hello there! I see you are now following me on twitter. I shall do the same. Perhaps we can exchange ideas. I wanted to comment on your cover. If I may be completely honest with you – of course it’s very well done. The artist is good. But to me it’s pretty generic, as far as fantasy covers go I mean. A young to middle-aged man wearing a cloak, hood up. Look at Peter V Brett’s the Painted Man, Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind, Brent Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy (books 1-3). The list goes on. So, what I’m getting at is I would not read the book based solely on the cover. I’d go to the description too. Find out what’s in store for me, should I open to the first page. You know? Though, the tag line on the cover… That’s very interesting. And of course now that I think about it, I wouldn’t be surprised if when my book is finished, it too has a similar cover. Judge not, eh?

Hope to talk to you soon!

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Vanna January 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Exchanging ideas sounds like a plan ;)

I couldn’t agree more about fantasy covers all looking more or less the same: a guy in a cloak with the hood up, and a sword somewhere. It sort of seems like the norm for fantasy covers.

I’m actually pretty much decided not to use this one. I have a mock up of a new one that I’m still working on, which will feature a little less hood ;) I also had the idea of having a very plain, one-color cover, with just the title and my name, and maybe a symbol. I think something minimalistic like that would stand out, if nothing else ;)

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Nathan Adam January 11, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Kind of like GRRM. That’s a good idea. Or you could try something bigger and a little flashier, like Scott Lynch’s Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas under Red Skies. Lots of color, a setting, landscape perhaps. Or like… An item. Something important from deeper in the story perhaps? Something to make people wonder. A necklace or some such that ends up playing a somewhat important role within the story. Just my thoughts.

So is this your first book?

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Vanna January 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

That Scott Lynch cover looks really cool! My problem right now is that I don’t have that much money to pay for a professionally made cover, and if you hire a cheap designer you pretty much get what you pay for. Unless you’re very lucky ;)

Yes this is my first novel. I’m just now doing the final revision.

And you, do you have a book near publication?

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Nathan Adam January 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Oh no! No no no. I’ve just started basically. I have countless pages of notes and the first few pages of the first and second chapter down, plus the end. But that’s it. And I see what you mean about the money. I wonder how he did it because that’s his first novel as well. Of course he’s a big name now. I’m sure you’ll find something great.

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Vanna January 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I find that the best way to wrote a novel is to just write! I had notes on what I wanted for my book, but in the end, the real story just emerged once I started writing it ;) But I know that different writers work differently, so this is just my opinion on the matter. Are you writing a fantasy novel?

As for the artists, sometimes you just get lucky and find a good one who is just starting out, I suppose. But if I want to make my deadline, I just don’t have enough time for that kind of trail and error ;)

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luis chahin February 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

very catchy must say. Have to state that im primary spanish speaker, but also on a quest of writing a fantasy book, that unveils the existence of 7 to 8 dimensions, but the story just goes on the human and eonic, but im very stucked truing to find out how to go along, I will read around here maybe I can find a trigger. see you around enjoy your writing

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Vanna February 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for stopping by , Luis. Good luck with your writing! Hope you find something to help you on my site ;)

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Luana Sirbu November 10, 2012 at 6:59 am

Hi
I would love to do a review about the book, pdf file if is possible, or i can do for advance reading one. The book sounds amazing hope i will be one of the reviewers. Also i have posted my blog there you can see all the reviews i have done and the blog tours i have coming up. Thank you.

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Kirsty Vizard November 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Hi I have just seen your message on Book Blogs looking for reviewers for ‘Protector’ . . . .I would love to review for you but if you would like to check my blog out first I can be found at http://www.kvlovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk but if you would like to email me on k.vizard692@btinternet.com I look forward to hearing from you.
Kirsty

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