Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during October, 2015.
This month we received:
111 covers in the Fiction category
19 covers in the Nonfiction category
Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars
I’ve added comments (JF: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism.
Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree, let me know why.
Although there is only winner in each category, other covers that were considered for the award or which stood out in some exemplary way, are indicated with a gold star: ★
Award winners and Gold-Starred covers also win the right to display our badges on their websites, so don’t forget to get your badge to get a little more attention for the work you’ve put into your book.
Also please note that we are now linking winning covers to their sales page on Amazon or Smashwords.
Now, without any further ado, here are the winners of this month’s e-Book Cover Design Awards.
e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for October 2015 in Fiction
Suzy Vitello submitted The Keepsake designed by Kit Foster. “The Keepsake is the second in my Empress Chronicles series. The first was traditionally published and this one I put out myself. Same cover designer!”
JF: Exquisite, subtle, and very affecting. There’s a great dynamic between the classical composition and the asymmetric woman’s face that creates a powerful pull into the story.
e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for October 2015 in Nonfiction
Elizabeth DiPalma submitted Closest to the Fire designed by Elizabeth DiPalma. “This book is for writers looking to make their books more accurate with regard to law and courtrooms, but it’s neither dry nor stuffy. The author has a great sense of humor, which I tried to convey via the cover art. The engraving also neatly sidesteps the issue of gender.”
JF: Absolutely delightful, and the engraving with red typographic accents is perfect for this material.
A N King submitted Jungle Paradise designed by A N King.
JF: Not a bad job although the type is pretty basic and not adding much to the design.
A. E. Oglesby submitted Juniper Ash designed by A. E. Oglesby.
JF: Clever and attention-getting.
Alicia Rades submitted In Jacob’s Arms designed by Clarissa Yeo. “My first thought on this cover was that I really liked how it represented my characters (they look how they’re described in the book), but I also love the text Clarissa chose and how the J and B seem to create a sort of balance. I’m not the design expert, though, so I look forward to your thoughts!”
JF: Beautiful and, yes, balanced, although the couple has been ghosted almost too much to be easily seen.
Alira A. Rosi submitted Bohemian Lessons designed by Alira A. Rosi and the book lady. “After studying the main commonalities among popular poetry book covers–simple, but visually interesting with a smaller, sharp font–I developed this cover concept using a photo I took of my favorite bust sculpture lit by candle light. Cover designer, the book lady, tightened up the design concept.”
JF: Very nicely done, and the diagonal from the title through the image to the author’s name keeps it interesting. I like the care with which the type was used for this poetry book.
Amanda DeWees submitted Upon a Ghostly Yule designed by James T. Egan of Bookfly Design. “I gave James the challenge of creating a cover that was visually in the same universe as my other Victorian romantic suspense novels but also incorporated a Christmas theme–and at the same time it had to suggest a ghost story! The result is this wonderfully evocative cover.”
JF: Brings together the designer’s deft hand with detail, controlled palette, and sensitive typography. In this case I wonder whether the title could have used more emphasis.
Amie Irene Winters submitted Strange Luck designed by Humbert Glaffo. “Thank you.”
JF: Flying goddesses, how can you not like that? Simple and straightforward.
Ana Franco submitted Down the Wormhole designed by Alexa_Fotos.
JF: Ineffective, odd.
Angela Oltmann submitted What Lainey Sees designed by Angie-O e-Covers.
JF: Lots of story on this solid cover, and a design that ties into the title perfectly.
Angelina Kalahari submitted The Healing Touch designed by Indie-Go. “The image for my e-book’s cover was photographed by a fashion photographer. The intertwined hands symbolizes the relationship between the lovers in this complex and compelling story. The fact that the nail varnish isn’t perfect comments on the protagonist’s state of mind.”
JF: Although it’s a lovely photo, it could use more contrast and drama, and the title isn’t holding up to the photo very well.
Ariana Hawkes submitted Once Bitten Twice Smitten designed by Angie Teo.
JF: Having a whole crowd on the cover dilutes the effect of showing the characters at all, not usually a good outcome.
Ayodeji Erubu submitted Cynthia’s Diary; the first quarter designed by Partridge Publishing Design layout department. “Cover design depicts the story of a young lady battling with the psychosocial bondage of Substance Abuse.”
JF: With only the one strong visual, the cover is completely focused on delivering its somber message.
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