New Test Book Covers for Protector

by Vanna on February 19, 2012

I’ve made a few new possible book covers for Protector. I’d love your thoughts on how well you think they work, and which you like best. I’ve coded them for easier referencing.

So which cover is the most likely to get you to click through to the description? 😉


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Owen Borseth February 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

My vote goes to A.


andy angel February 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

A or C


Vanna February 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks! I’m kind of partial to either A or B myself :)


Jeff Shanley February 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Torn between B and F. I like F’s simplicity but B is pretty cool.


Vanna February 19, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Glad you like B. It’s the one I spent the most time on 😉


Amy H February 20, 2012 at 12:21 am

I like b the most.


Daniel R. Marvello February 20, 2012 at 12:58 am

Nice work, Vanna! I like B best, and then C. I’d do something to increase the contrast of the series info on B though.

Also, the bleed on B could be problematic. If you plan to do print versions, You’ll need to account for the fact that POD has a liberal “safe area.” A bleed is going to get chopped off somewhat randomly from run to run (which often means from book to book). Similarly, using a different color for your spine can have unpleasant results. Even a small shift in alignment can cause a stripe of spine color to appear on the front or back of the book.

If your book will be digital only, you can ignore these issues, of course.


Vanna February 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Thanks 😉

Great info on the bleed and “safe area” stuff. I wasn’t aware of that at all!


Wyndes February 20, 2012 at 2:21 am

B. The series name is lost, though, completely unreadable to me. But I like the warmer color in the arms (compared to A). Apart from A and B, the only other one I’d even consider is E. C and D and F don’t work for me at all. Good luck!


Vincent Shaw-Morton February 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

Hi Vanna. A or B. However the text and title on the parchment banner would look much better if it curved with the banner. I would add something behind your name at the top, perhaps a thin black border as you have light text passing over the sword and neck that in places is causing the text to become a little indistinct. As an alternate composition try zooming in even tighter on your figure, so that you have the sword and hands filling the page. Cutting the figure off just below the nose is a bit clumsy imo. Hope this helps. All the best Vincent


Vanna February 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Great ideas, thank you! I did a couple new versions, one of them as you suggested, zooming in on the sword and hands. I’ll post them later this week.

I think I’m finally getting there with this cover 😉


Michael Offutt February 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I think that I like C the most.


James T Kelly February 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I’m a fan of A myself. It seems cleaner somehow. But Wyndes is right, it’s impossible to read the series name at this size. Perhaps a different font size, or move it off the “parchment”?


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