e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2012

by Joel Friedlander on January 14, 2013 · 13 comments

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Welcome to this edition of the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during December, 2012.

Here’s what we received:
103 covers in the Fiction category
18 covers in the Nonfiction category

Guest Judge: Damon Za

ebook cover designI’m pleased to welcome cover designer Damon Za (aka Damonza) as a guest judge this month. Damon Za is an award-winning specialist cover designer and creative director with 15 years experience in advertising and design. He has designed hundreds of book covers as well as creatively managed multi-million dollar advertising and creative campaigns. Recently he left the advertising world to focus exclusively on cover design and currently manages a team of cover designers as well as creates the occasional cover himself. He is also a two-time winner of these awards.

Damonza’s comments are prefaced (DZ: ).

Award Winners and Listing

Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think, too.

Now, without any further ado, here are the winners of this month’s e-Book Cover Design Award.

e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for December 2012 in Fiction


Brian LeTendre submitted Courting the King in Yellow designed by Brian LeTendre / Jeff Rodgers. “I wrote a blog post about the design concept for this cover and its influences at http://www.seebrianwrite.com/2012/10/covering-courting-king-in-yellow.html ”

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DZ: Great cover! Interesting and it draws me in. The colour contrasts here are excellent.

e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for December 2012 in Nonfiction


Åsmund Seip submitted 100 Days of Love designed by Åsmund Seip.

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DZ: Love it. Contemporary design with unusual and interesting title treatment. Great job.

Fiction Covers


Adam Bodendieck submitted Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales (Young Adult Edition) designed by Greg Simanson.

Memoirs Aren't Fairytales (Young Adult Edition)
DZ: Nice colors, interesting font, although it looks like it’s designed with the print cover in mind, rather than the ebook version, as the author name is a bit too small. Overall, it’s a good-looking cover.


Amelia C. Gormley submitted Acceleration designed by Kerry Chin and Michael Hart.

Acceleration
DZ: The title is legible and the image is relatively clear, which is good for an ebook cover at thumbnail size, however the brown coloring may be a bit dull.


Amelia C. Gormley submitted Inertia designed by Kerry Chin and Michael Hart.

Inertia
DZ: Same comments as the previous cover. That dirty water brown color is a bit off-putting, in my opinion.


Angela Oltmann submitted Knight & Play designed by Angie-O Creations.

Knight & Play
DZ: Easy to read. Looks similar to many covers in this genre.


Ann Philipp submitted Grand Theft Death designed by Ann Philipp. “The photo is a still shot taken from a movie I filmed for my book trailer.”

Grand Theft Death
DZ: Great font size and clarity for an ebook. The movement in the title also works well.


Anthony Camber submitted The Pink and the Grey designed by blogshank.com.

The Pink and the Grey
DZ: Not sure what this is about. Seems like the title is describing the cover. Easy to read at thumbnail size.


April White submitted Marking Time designed by Edward Gorsuch. “This cover was designed on a nine-hour skype call using screen share, a creative commons background image by Zyllan, and free textures by Skeletalmess.”

Marking Time
DZ: Seriously? This took 9 hours? Looks like the author had too much input. The text at the top and bottom is very difficult to read. It also looks like the title font was stretched vertically, which hurts the overall appeal.


Ardin Lalui submitted There is No Otherwise designed by Ardin Lalui. “Hi there, thanks for letting me submit this cover for your great competition. Ardin”

There is No Otherwise
DZ: Very nice. Clear and legible. Lovely texture and great detail.


Bernard M. Cox submitted The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated designed by Sabine Krauss. “This is the second cover by Sabine Krauss for Bernard M. Cox’s short story series The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated. This is the title story but there are four other stories to come. Each story stands on its own, but is linked thematically. As such, the goal of each cover is to provide a unique portrait of the individual story while maintaining the look and field across the set of stories.”

The Space Within These Lines Is Not Dedicated
DZ: Clear and easy to read, if a bit dull. It has a non-fiction look about it.


Blair MacGregor submitted Sword and Chant designed by http://blairmacgregorbooks.com/2012/11/16/sword-and-chant-is-here/.

Sword and Chant
DZ: The visual is pretty good, although the title font is a bit flat.


Blake Hausladen submitted Ghosts in the Yew designed by Blake Hauslden.

Ghosts in the Yew
DZ: The green and brown area in the middle isn’t very clear, which makes it difficult for a potential reader to see what’s going on with this cover.


Brian Panhuyzen submitted Night is a Shadow Cast By the World designed by Brian Panhuyzen. “Fonts used: SuperGroteskC, Adobe Jensen Pro; images from iStockPhoto; designed in Adobe InDesign CS5.5 for OS X.”

Night is a Shadow Cast By the World
DZ: Way too much going on here. There is no focus which makes the cover look disorganized.


Bryce Beattie submitted Oasis designed by . “Adam Masterman (http://www.adammasterman.com) painted the cover, and then I used the Gimp to add in the title & my name.”

Oasis
DZ: Nice work. Clean simple and effective.


Charlene Newcomb submitted Keeping the Family Peace designed by Travis at ProBookCovers.com.

Keeping the Family Peace


Chris Ryser submitted “The” Stories designed by Chris Ryser.


DZ: This cover is somewhat dull, although it’s easy to read in thumbnail size. The images are too small to have any impact.


Christy Olesen submitted Her Scottish CEO designed by Christy Olesen. “There are so many historical romances set in Scotland I wanted the reader to know that this is a contemporary sweet romance set in Scotland.”

Her Scottish CEO
DZ: Not bad, although the bottom section is too busy. It may have been better to have the title much bigger and the symbol far smaller.


Clark G. Vanderpool submitted Killer Odds

Killer Odds
DZ: Nice. Great font selections here. Clean and professional.


Colin F. Barnes submitted Curse of the Jade Amulet designed by Illustrator: Thomas Boatwright Layout/Design: Colin F. Barnes. “The first of a regular series of modern pulp stories.”

Curse of the Jade Amulet
DZ: Excellent cover. Suits the genre perfectly. Really good job here.


Colin F. Barnes submitted The Harker Legacy designed by Illustration: Thomas Boatwright, Designer/Layout: Colin F. Barnes. “The third modern pulp story in a series.”

The Harker Legacy


Colleen Ruttan submitted The Last Falcon (Book 1 of the Cael Stone) designed by Colleen Ruttan. “YA Fantasy Novel”

The Last Falcon (Book 1 of the Cael Stone)
DZ: This is good. The sword in the background is a bit distracting though. Perhaps if it was in black and white and slightly lighter?


D. R. Martin submitted The Karma of King Harald designed by Jesse Pelkey. “I wanted my canine cozy mystery’s cover to avoid the “picturesque tea shop” look that many cozies have. I guided Jesse’s design in the direction of some of Carl Hiaasen’s early paperback covers, instead. And I think he nailed it.”

The Karma of King Harald
DZ: Interesting and unusual. Easy to read at thumbnail size.


D.L.Johnstone submitted FURIES designed by Jeroen ten Berge. “Beautiful composition, ominous, clearly indicates it as an historic thriller. Subtly ties in with the visual equity of the author’s other thriller title, CHALK VALLEY.”

FURIES
DZ: Great cover. Lovely unusual title treatment. One of my favorites.


Daniel Patterson submitted One Chance designed by Kenneth Gorden.

One Chance
DZ: Easy to read. Perhaps the headlights and road could have been slightly brighter. It’s difficult to see the image here, and when a potential reader is skimming over cover and only glances for a second or two, they may miss it.


Dave Bricker submitted The Dance designed by Dave Bricker.

The Dance
DZ: Interesting cover. Works quite well, but could perhaps have a border to make it stand out more on a white background.


Diana Kimpton submitted There Must Be Horses designed by Steve and Diana Kimpton. “Although this book was written for older children (9+), it appeals strongly to teens and adults so I wanted to avoid a cover that made it look too young.”

There Must Be Horses


Erick Burgess submitted Under Abnormal Conditions designed by Rena Burgess. “A rerelease of my debut novel with a new cover. ”

Under Abnormal Conditions
DZ: This is quite good. Strong font and easy to read.


F.J. Bergmann submitted Same Old Quest designed by F.J. Bergmann. “Fantasy novel.”

Same Old Quest
DZ: This looks like the negative of a photo. I’m not sure if that’s intentional but it doesn’t work for me. The yellow and orange gradient on the font also looks like it was done in Word Art.


F.J. Bergmann submitted The Holman Files: Not a Bit of Blarney designed by F.J. Bergmann. “Fantasy: leprechauns/detective/dragons quest.”

The Holman Files: Not a Bit of Blarney
DZ: There’s something happening under that rainbow, but I’m not sure what it is.


Frank Malinoski submitted In His Stead (A Father’s War) designed by George Foster.

In His Stead (A Father's War)
DZ: This cover has potential, although the silhouette of a two full people inside the silhouette of another full person clashes. In general, when combining images in this way, they should be different types of images, so they contrast with each other rather than compete with each other.


H.A.L. Wagner submitted Blood Oranges: A Chamberlain Cotton Novel designed by Tom Wolfe.

Blood Oranges: A Chamberlain Cotton Novel
DZ: Interesting and contemporary. Good work.


Heather McCorkle submitted Rise of a Rector designed by CP Design. “Designer’s URL: http://cpdesignandcompasspress.blogspot.com/”

Rise of a Rector
DZ: This cover is let down by the fonts used. Too frilly, too common.


Helen J Beal submitted Half a Dozen Star Jumps designed by Nick Thacker.

Half a Dozen Star Jumps
DZ: This says nothing to me other than “this is a book called Half a Dozen Star Jumps.” Why would I click on it?


Helen J Beal submitted Thirty Seconds Before Midnight designed by Nick Thacker.

Thirty Seconds Before Midnight
DZ: Same comment as before.


Holloway McCandless submitted Princess Diamond and the Baseball Toad designed by Holloway McCandless. “This book cover was created with iBooks Author 1.0 by me. I had limited access to fonts and had to work with what was available in the App. The borders with baseballs, roses, and slugs refer to themes in the kids’ story. Thank you for all the information on your site.”

Princess Diamond and the Baseball Toad
DZ: Unfortunately this just looks like the author took a photo of his daughter and put it on the cover. That’s fine, but it has a very amateur look about it.


Ioana Visan submitted Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks designed by Ioana Visan. “The story collection features scenes from the life of shapeshifters (mainly werewolves and were-eagles) living in a modern city, so instead of going for the current fantasy art trend, I felt like the cartoonish look fit much better the content of the stories.”

Blue Moon Cafe Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks
DZ: The mixture of overused fonts lets this cover down. It has a very amateur look about it.


J. Lee Coulter submitted Tarnished Honor designed by J. Lee Coulter.

Tarnished Honor
DZ: Title text is difficult to read. Author name is impossible to read. The image is off-centre which makes the cover look unbalanced.


J. Lee Coulter submitted The Reckoning designed by J. Lee Coulter.

The Reckoning
DZ: The red font is far too difficult to read.


J.D. Dawson submitted Broken Trust: Muslim Feint designed by J.D. Dawson.

Broken Trust: Muslim Feint
DZ: There’s too much going on here, too many words. Looks like the title and author name and “book 1” are running away from the cover. Why are they so close to the edge?


J.M. Ney-Grimm submitted Sarvet’s Wanderyar designed by J.M. Ney-Grimm. “Sarvet’s world was inspired by the folk tales in East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Kay Nielsen’s 1914 illustrations in that volume capture the eery beauty of the landscape. One depicting a lassie wandering through mountainous terrain could easily be Sarvet herself.”

Sarvet's Wanderyar


J.M. Porup submitted The Second Bat Guano War designed by Derek Murphy.

The Second Bat Guano War
DZ: Quite nice. Good texture.


James submitted Nine Inch Bride

Nine Inch Bride
DZ: Interesting, took me a while to “See it”. Don’t know if that’s a good thing when a potential reader is just skimming along. This needs a border when on a white background.


Jan Bear submitted A Thousand Times designed by Jan Bear. “It’s a book about addiction and the road to recovery.”

A Thousand Times
DZ: Is the illustrated man floating next to the building? The angles don’t quite match up.


Jane Ayres submitted Coming Home designed by Klaus Hartleben. “This design used several different images that were customised to create a unified whole. I love the colours and the mood it creates and have had positive feedback from readers.”

Coming Home
DZ: This is sweet. The author name could be bigger.


Jena Leigh submitted Revival (The Variant Series, Book 1) designed by Jena Leigh.

Revival (The Variant Series, Book 1)
DZ: Not bad. The author name could be bigger. Good font choice.


Jill B Zimmerman submitted Sparkly Retail Death designed by Neil Wells. “My main request from Neil with this cover was that he incorporate Santa because this was integral to the plot. I believe my exact words were, “Blood and Santa,” and the result was a cover that blew me away! He always has a way of expanding upon the story and my ideas while creating something all his own.”

Sparkly Retail Death
DZ: I’m not sure on the relevance of the lines in the background, but they don’t work here. The font is very overused.


JILL TEITELMAN submitted SAVING GRACIE designed by HARRY TEITELMAN.

SAVING GRACIE
DZ: Nice cover. Good mix of texture and photography.


Jo Michaels submitted Yassa designed by Jo Michaels. “This cover was created using a wacom intuos 4 and Photoshop’s watercolor brushes on various layers. It’s a historical fiction novel that’s the coming of age tale of Genghis Khan and his deep love of his wife, Borte. I love simple design and lovely type. Thanks for the opportunity!”

Yassa
DZ: The illustration is great. The title is great. The placement between the two clashes slightly.


Joan Druett submitted The Beckoning Ice designed by Ron Druett.

The Beckoning Ice
DZ: Nice image. The spacing on the title doesn’t look quite right, and it seems strange that all the text is centred except for one small line.


Jonathan Joseph submitted Willows designed by BoyandSheep.

Willows
DZ: Nicely done. Author name could be bigger.


Jonathon Burgess submitted Chasing the Lantern designed by Vladimir Verano, Third Place Press. “Novel by Jonathon Burgess. Cover art by Ksenia Mamaeva. Cover design by Vladimir Verano, Third Place Press.”

Chasing the Lantern
DZ: Very nice. Love the font. Good job.


Joss Landry submitted Mirror Deep designed by Richard Sutton. “Richard and I worked hard on the design of the book, and felt that my
main two characters were well represented on the cover.”

Mirror Deep
DZ: Nice imagery, although the title is tough to read in that color.


Joyce Burns submitted Life in the Pond designed by Joyce Burns.

Life in the Pond


Judy Goodwin submitted Heart of the Witch designed by Lucas Pandolfelli. “Artwork by Lucas Pandolfelli, graphics by Judy Goodwin”

Heart of the Witch
DZ: Nice cover art, although it may be too overpowering for the title.


JustinS wapp submitted Mayan Blood designed by Justin Swapp.

Mayan Blood
DZ: This cover lacks definition and is a bit bland.


K.M. Weiland submitted Dreamlander designed by Dominick Finelle.

Dreamlander


Katie W. Stewart submitted Mark of the Dragon Queen designed by Katie W. Stewart.

Mark of the Dragon Queen


Kaz Augustin submitted The Check Your Luck Agency designed by Sandal Press. “This is another re-do of an old cover that didn’t quite work in terms of legibility. Quite a few readers commented that they didn’t know that this book was the first in a series, so I had to come up with a way to make it obvious that, not only is it in a series, but it’s part of a closely entwined series (no standalones), hence the use of “Part” instead of “Book”. The other four books follow/will follow the same design elements to provide consistency.”

The Check Your Luck Agency
DZ: Unusual edges on this cover. Nice idea.


L.C. Chase submitted A Limited Engagement designed by L.C. Chase. “This cover was done for a re-release of the author’s short story. I went a little off page from what he had previously. The image is a play on the characters who are both involved in theater, and whose fight becomes a dance.”

A Limited Engagement
DZ: Clever and interesting.


L.C. Chase submitted Country Mouse designed by Jordan Taylor. “Artist Jordan Taylor, for Riptide Publishing.”

Country Mouse


L.C. Chase submitted He Is Worthy designed by Petite-Madame VonApple. “The third of four titles for the Warriors of Rome collection, He Is Worthy. Digital painting by artist Petite-Madame VonApple, typography by L.C. Chase.”

He Is Worthy


L.C. Chase submitted Mark of the Gladiator designed by Petite-Madame VonApple. “Artist Petite-Madame VonApple did a series of digital paintings for our Warriors of Rome collection. Once the artwork was complete I took over and did the typography.”

Mark of the Gladiator
DZ: Nice title treatment.


L.C. Chase submitted The City War designed by Petite-Madame VonApple. “The fourth of four titles for the Warriors of Rome collection, The City War. Digital painting by artist Petite-Madame VonApple, typography by L.C. Chase.”

The City War
DZ: Looks more like a farmer than a warrior.


L.C. Chase submitted The Left Hand of Calvus designed by Petite-Madame VonApple. “Artist Petite-Madame VonApple digitally painted all the covers for Riptide Publishing’s “Warriors of Rome” historical collection. Four books in total I’ve already submitted Mark of the Gladiator and figured I should show off her work on the other three titles as well. As with Mark of the Gladiator, once the paintings were completed I did the typography to finish off the covers.”

The Left Hand of Calvus


L.W. Patricks submitted Shadow of Wrath designed by Kehanne Lo.

Shadow of Wrath
DZ: The author name in red is tough to read.


Laura Wright LaRoche submitted Black Woods designed by LLPix.com. “There’s no mistaking what genre this one is.”

Black Woods
DZ: Nice cover. Easy to read and create its own “mood.”


Liana Mir submitted Crossing the Barrier designed by Liana Mir. “This was a redesign to give a more polished, professional look to the series and give them all cohesiveness.”

Crossing the Barrier


Liana Mir submitted Gone Hunting designed by Liana Mir.

Gone Hunting


Liana Mir submitted Portrait of a Butterfly designed by Liana Mir.

Portrait of a Butterfly
DZ: Nice colors, although the author name is very difficult to read.


Lisa Buie-Collard submitted Evangeline’s Miracle designed by Lisa Buie-Collard.
Evangeline's Miracle
DZ: Tough to read the title and author name here.


Lj McEvoy submitted Gemini Rain designed by Teddi Black. “First Book in Romance Genre, available on Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace. Thanks”

Gemini Rain
DZ: Nice visual, although the title looks like it was just added on as an afterthought.


Louis Tridico submitted Fort St. Jesus Bait & Tackle designed by Chad Vander Lugt.

Fort St. Jesus Bait & Tackle
DZ: Excellent texture and font choices. Love it!


Marcelo Martinez submitted Ana Maria Machado :: Contos :: Foglio Series designed by Marcelo Martinez | Laboratório Secreto Design Studio. “”Great names of Brazilian literature in a book series designed only for the epub environment. The book cover design explores RGB colors, shadows and volumes “impossibles on paper”.”

Ana Maria Machado :: Contos :: Foglio Series
DZ: Well executed contemporary design for this whole series.


Marcelo Martinez submitted e-Quintana :: Foglio Series designed by Marcelo Martinez | Laboratório Secreto Design Studio. ”

e-Quintana :: Foglio Series


Marcelo Martinez submitted Verissimo :: Jazz :: Foglio Series designed by Marcelo Martinez | Laboratório Secreto Design Studio.
Verissimo :: Jazz :: Foglio Series


Mary Ann Cook submitted The White Rose designed by Aleta Rafton. “A fictional wartime love story based on the life of Lieutanant Lilya Litvyak, the world’s first woman fighter pilot ace and Captain Alexei Salomaten.”

The White Rose
DZ: Nice visual but fonts let this cover down. Very unusual to see the cover design attribution on the front cover.


Matt Rubinstein submitted Solstice designed by Matt Rubinstein. “Most of my books are in different genres so I wanted the covers to unify around a common design that can adapt to each book while still being recognisably one of mine I liked the idea of using physical printers’ type to decorate a purely digital emanation. In the same spirit I’ve called my digital imprint “Ligature”, and chosen Mrs Eaves for the author and subtitle, as it’s a font famous for its extensive ligatures. ”

Solstice
DZ: Yes, well done. The title is part of the creative rather than just added on as an afterthought.
JF: Sorry to butt in here, guys. Cover is beautiful but anyone who has printed with actual type will see instantly that this is “imaginary” type since it would have to read in reverse to print properly. Okay, back to what you were doing.


Meghan Ciana Doidge submitted Time Walker designed by Irene Langholm. “This is the fourth book cover that Irene has designed for me. I send her a pitch sheet which describes the story, setting, main character, and highlights a few of my favourite scenes. She hones in on an idea that intrigues her, asks a bunch of questions, and then gets to work. I always wait with bated breath for the reveal, and always end up loving the cover even more than I imaged I would. The cover for Time Walker is no exception. In a single image, Irene has captured the genre and the main character in an utterly magical moment full of tension, loneliness, and a tinge of hope in the dawn. All four of Irene’s cover can be found on my blog, www.madebymeghan.ca Thanks in advance for your consideration, Meghan ”

Time Walker
DZ: Good work.


Michael Sloane submitted Insidious designed by Michael Sloane. “I would appreciate an honest critique of this cover. My intent was to visually convey the genre and mood of the book, and at the same time drop a few subtle details to hopefully pique the potential reader’s curiosity.”

Insidious
DZ: Nicely done. Images are well combined here.


Michele Hauf submitted Malakai designed by Michele Hauf. “I like to design my own covers, and the only Photoshop experience I have is ‘try this and see if it works’. I like this cover, and think it’s the best I’ve done so far.”

Malakai
DZ: This is pretty good. The yellow text could be placed better.


Nils Hodyas submitted and Santa Claus met Dasher designed by Nils Hodyas.

and Santa Claus met Dasher
DZ: Cute, could do with a border.


Patricia Burroughs submitted Scandalous designed by Mj Butler, Twisted Mojo. “This is a digital release of a book originally published by Bantam Loveswept. I gave an idea or two to Mj Butler who put together this design, which I adore. It captures to romantic tone of the story as well as the heroine’s quirky character. ”

Scandalous


Pauline Creeden submitted Winter Fae designed by Marcy Rachel Designs.

Winter Fae


Philip Benjamin submitted The Geneva Project – Truth designed by Philip Benjamin.

The Geneva Project - Truth
DZ: Very nice. One of the best. Perhaps the text at the top could be slightly brighter.


Phillip Grizzell submitted For Catherine designed by Phillip Grizzell.

For Catherine


Phillip Grizzell submitted Milwaukee Deep designed by Phillip Grizzell.

Milwaukee Deep
DZ: DEEP is almost illegible


Phillip Grizzell submitted PANDORA designed by Phillip Grizzell.

PANDORA
DZ: Nice!


Phillip Grizzell submitted SHADOWSCAPE The Stevie Vegas Chronicles designed by Phillip Grizzell.

SHADOWSCAPE The Stevie Vegas Chronicles


Phillip Grizzell submitted The Lincoln Letter designed by Phillip Grizzell.

The Lincoln Letter
DZ: There’s too much drop shadow on the text, which makes it much more difficult to read.


R.J. Spears submitted Shutterbug designed by R.J. Spears.

Shutterbug
DZ: This has an amateur clip-art look to it.


Rebecca Berto submitted Precise designed by Silviya Yordanova. “The cover was designed by Silviya with the dark subject matter in mind to show the narrator’s voice and the type of story through the feel and look.”

Precise


Rene Folsom submitted Noble Lies designed by Rene Folsom. “Author, Stephanie Andrassy, came to me with a very specific idea of what she wanted her heroine to look like on the cover of her book. The author was very pleased with the result.”

Noble Lies
DZ: Good coloring and easy to read.


Richard Sutton submitted Troll designed by Richard Sutton. “I wanted a cover to suggest an unlikely pairing — the softness of a field flower and the rugged image of the Neanderthal man. The flower also connects to a key portion of the book, and the use of typography in a heavy, jarring face like impact, with a rugged lichen fill, hopefully sets up the tension for the reader.”

Troll


Ripley Patton submitted Ghost Hand designed by Kura Carpenter Designs. “My first book and I love the cover. The designer really captured the dark fantasy mood of a YA paranormal thriller.”

Ghost Hand


Rita Toews submitted Virtuous Bondage designed by Rita Toews.

Virtuous Bondage


Ros Clarke submitted Twelve Days designed by Ros Clarke. “I’ve recently begun papercutting and I loved the idea of using it to create a wholly unique book cover.”

Twelve Days
DZ: Clever.


Ryan Redmond submitted The Adventures of an Imagination designed by Javelynn Tyler.

The Adventures of an Imagination


Shawne Workman submitted The Webs of Varok designed by Penscript Publishing House (done in-house). “The author of this young-adult science fiction novel paints in acrylics. Our aim for the cover was to incorporate her whimsical painting of the book’s setting, and to choose a title font to complement the alien figure on the front cover.”

The Webs of Varok


Suzanna Williams submitted ShockWaves designed by PlainSight VFX. “ShockWaves is a YA action-adventure.”

ShockWaves


Tasha Harrison submitted Package Deal designed by Chris Harrison.

Package Deal
DZ: Nicely done.


Theresa Couchman submitted The Unmapped Lands designed by Myself.

The Unmapped Lands


Thomas Kimpel submitted Johnny Monbeam in Cyberspace designed by Thomas Kimpel.

Johnny Monbeam in Cyberspace


Ty Justice submitted Soul Bonded designed by Ty Justice. “The book really show the clashing of the two different worlds of the two main characters.”

Soul Bonded
DZ: Interesting cover with colors that work well together.

Nonfiction Covers


Alexander submitted How is THAT working? designed by Alexander von Ness.
How is THAT working?
DZ: Very nice. Well done.


Charlie Plunkett submitted 100 Little Words on Parenthood designed by eKindled.co.uk. “Simple yet descriptive design.”

100 Little Words on Parenthood
DZ: The image is good, but the title treatment is dull.


David Bergsland submitted How to Teach Prophecy designed by David Bergsland. “”How to Teach the Bible” sold well, so this is the second in the series, “How to Teach Scripture” The image is a photo of my two favorite Bible study tools.”

How to Teach Prophecy


Donald Griffin submitted Let’s Buy A House designed by Denise Reiffenstein.

Let's Buy A House


Dumitru Sandru submitted Escape from Communism designed by Dumitru Sandru.

Escape from Communism


Ed Ditto submitted How to Format Your Novel for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Smashwords, and CreateSpace…in One Afternoon (for Mac) designed by Kevin Sipe.

How to Format Your Novel for Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Smashwords, and CreateSpace...in One Afternoon (for Mac)
DZ: Easy to read. Gets the point across.


Eldon Sarte submitted eBook Ideas (Zoom In: Wordpreneur Reloaded series) designed by Eldon Sarte. “This is the cover design for the series of smaller ebooks based on Wordpreneur Reloaded content.”

eBook Ideas (Zoom In: Wordpreneur Reloaded series)


Eldon Sarte submitted Wordpreneur Reloaded designed by Eldon Sarte.

Wordpreneur Reloaded


Jackie Cummings Koski submitted Money Letters 2 my Daughter designed by Jackie Cummings Koski. “I designed this cover with the young reader in mind (age 16-30) so it would get their attention. The use of the number “2” in place of the word “to” is indicative of the way many young people write when they are texting. I wanted to keep it very simple and clean. ”

Money Letters 2 my Daughter


JP Jones submitted 31 Days of Marketing designed by JP Jones. “The cover of my new books makes a bold statement with the large 31. To re-enforce the idea of a month, you’ll notice that within the 31 there is a subtle calendar grid.”

31 Days of Marketing
DZ: Nice font and layout but needs a border on a white background.


Lawrence Winkler submitted Hind Cartwheel designed by Lawrence Winkler.

Hind Cartwheel


Lucy Tobias submitted 10 Florida Great Walks Around Gainesville and Ocala designed by Lucy Tobias. “I’ve been following the book awards, noting what stands out – this is the first of a series – the title and photo will change but the “look” will be consistant”

10 Florida Great Walks Around Gainesville and Ocala


Mistress Magick submitted Male Service: Holly-Days (Winter Solstice / Yule / Christmas): Crossdressing: Seasonal Panties or Holiday Helper? designed by Mistress Magick. “This is one in a series of monthly assignments. The cover of each one has a design with black bars at the top and bottom, behind the title and subtitle, in order to reflect that it is part of the same series.”

Male Service: Holly-Days (Winter Solstice / Yule / Christmas): Crossdressing: Seasonal Panties or Holiday Helper?
DZ: Red text on a black background is always very difficult to read.


Nancy Hendrickson submitted WordPress Your Way designed by Robin Ludwig.

Wordpress Your Way
DZ: Easy to read. Nice work.


Rita Toews submitted The Way of the Rosary designed by Rita Toews.

The Way of the Rosary


Sandra Bornstein submitted May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir designed by CreateSpace.

May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir


Wahido Marata submitted Beyond the Western Mind – You Are Called To Change designed by Wahido Marata.

Beyond the Western Mind - You Are Called To Change


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    Mark Swain February 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Please tell me how I / my cover designer can submit the superb cover for my book Long Road, Hard Lessons for your next cover awards. Can’t see anything on the site. http://longroadhardlessons.blogspot.com

    Best regards
    Mark
    P.S. great site!

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    Joel Friedlander February 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Hi Mark,

    All the links are just above, at the end of this post. Here’s the one for the submission page: Submission Page

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    Ardin Lalui February 1, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for featuring my cover. And for the comments. This is a great contest. I think it’s true ebook covers have a different job to do than paperback covers. You’ve got a postage stamp sized space on Amazon to grab readers’ attention.

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    Yolanda January 30, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Hi Joel,

    The book cover for my upcoming second novel’s been designed by
    an artist. The title and by-line are off-center, however. Are there any rules or guidelines regarding this?

    Thanks.

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    Joel Friedlander January 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hi Yolanda,

    There’s no “rule” about whether type should be centered or not, as you can see by looking over this month’s covers. The overall effect is going to be much more important than any one specific detail.

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    Carl Grimsman January 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Great to see Damon’s comments as Guest Judge. I’ve been a fan of his covers for some time now. Agree with Joel about the importance of studying the ebook form as it differs from the needs of print covers. Love seeing the contest every month; I learn so much, and there are so many talented designers out there! Thanks Damon. And thanks Joel!

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    Ros January 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Thanks to the guest judge for taking time to comment on so many of these. Fascinating as always.

    I’d like to see publishers/authors starting to design distinct ebook/print book covers. I think it would be possible to do it in a way that makes it clear that it’s the same book but makes the most of the two media. For instance, the ebook cover could focus in on a single detail of the print cover. Or it could be a simplified version with bigger fonts. Or something even cleverer.

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    Mary DeEditor January 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

    For those who can’t get enough… I discovered “Lousy Book Covers” (http://lousybookcovers.tumblr.com) and it’s a new favorite. These are excellent exercises for eye training, although the commentary is not as kind as Joel’s work here.

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    Philip Benjamin January 14, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations to the winners and thanks as always for posting the covers and leaving the comments below them.

    The cover I did submit was designed for Paperback so I do agree that the text at the top on The Geneva Project – TRUTH is too small for an ebook. I wanted to keep the look uniform obviously in the design so i decided not to remove the smaller text for ebook version. Have you thought about dividing the contest into ebooks and paperbacks?

    Thanks again,
    Philip

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    Joel Friedlander January 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Philip,

    Thanks for your comment. I have no plans at the moment to expand this monthly contest. There are many reviews of book covers, and the print book cover is well understood and terrific covers are produced every year by hundreds of talented designers.

    The aim of these posts is to address the much newer form of the ebook cover, to encourage designers—both pro and amateur—to look at the ebook cover in new ways and to find design principles that can guide all of us as ebooks continue to expand their reach.

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