Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during January, 2017.
This month we received:
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 January 2017 in Fiction
Greg Simanson submitted After Day One designed by Greg Simanson.
JF: A terrific design expertly executed, this cover delivers big time on the promise of an exciting story set in a dystopian future. The upward-looking perspective, the isolation of the hero, and the overall color scheme help to accentuate what’s of interest.
e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for January 2017 in Nonfiction
Chris Lascelles submitted Through the Darkness designed by Maurizo Marotta.
JF: Spot on. The painting places us in the time frame of medical exploration, and the terror of the scene tells us all we want to know about what’s inside. Combined with some classic typography, a real winner.
A.M. Albaugh submitted Grim Nora and the Secret of the Skull designed by Alaina Albaugh. “The cover design includes a simple layout with the main object of the story, the skull-shaped pocket watch, given to Nora by her deceased father.”
JF: Strong and interesting illustration, but the typography doesn’t match up well and weakens the cover.
Aimee Downing submitted Into The Air designed by A. K. Downing. “The cover shows the juxtaposition of the novel’s two opposing worlds: underground compounds and above-ground communities. The title is a reflection, enabling the cover to be read when flipped. Orange highlights included in the monochrome blue and green palette suggest there is life in both worlds.”
JF: It works, and the colors create a strong atmosphere.
Alexandra Brandt submitted A Simple Love Story designed by Alexandra Brandt. “I designed this cover for my friend’s short literary contemporary fantasy; the main elements are the symbols of the two main characters (moon with Celtic knots, magnolia tree) and the setting of Venice. I tried to represent those elements in a way that hinted at the literary tone of the story.”
JF: A beautifully balanced cover with sensitive typography. The textured background holds it all together.
Alexandra Brandt submitted The Grey Stride designed by Alexandra Brandt. “I designed this cover for my friend’s dark cyberpunk story set in their dystopian sci-fi universe, so it matches the branding of their other stories, but with what I hope is a more cyberpunk vibe.”
JF: The strong and conflicting shapes make it hard to “read” the intent of the illustration.
Alexandrea Weis submitted Blackwell designed by Sam Shearon. “This was a hand drawn cover made to depict of the main character in the book.”
JF: Attractive, but I would have liked to see his face more clearly, since that’s primarily what we will respond to.
Amelia Smith submitted The Defenders’ Apprentice designed by Amelia Smith. “Book 1 of an epic fantasy trilogy.”
JF: A good approach for an author/designer. The symbols suggest the kind of story, where an illustration would show the story, but the simple approach pays off in this series.
Amelia Smith submitted The Turncoat Prince designed by Amelia Smith. “Book 2 of an epic fantasy trilogy.”
Amelia Smith submitted Chronicles of the Last Days designed by Amelia Smith. “This is the final book of a series/trilogy of epic fantasy novels. I’m submitting the other two in the trilogy this month as well, to show them all together.”
Andreea Dumez submitted Smile with My Animal Friends designed by Andreea Dumez. “I wanted to create a dynamic and humorous composition that ultimately focuses on the title. I played with the idea of leaving the eye wander around the circular tentacle, and added a few characters that point towards the title. I used Watercolors, Colored Pencils, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop.”
JF: Although some of the illustrations have charm, the design fails as a book cover, and your aim of focusing on the title won’t work because we can hardly read it.
Annelie Wendeberg submitted Keeper of Pleas designed by Annelie Wendeberg. “A Victorian mystery”
JF: Nice image compositing, although the title is being overpowered by the very active background.
Annemarie Musawale submitted The Swamp is Full of Mystery designed by Annemarie Musawale. “Hi. This is my second book out and I really love the cover. I hope you love it too.”
JF: No, sadly, I don’t love the cover, and I don’t see much appeal to readers either. It looks like what it is: an amateur’s attempt at a book cover. Nothing wrong with that, depending on what you were aiming for.
Brandon Zenner submitted The After War – The Complete Novel designed by James, Humble Nation. “Hello, Thank you for considering The After War. The image on the cover of a compass burning is a combination of the two covers used for Parts I and II. Part I is a compass, Part II is fire. All the best, Brandon Zenner”
JF: The concept could work, but the font choices seem a bit schizophrenic. You’ve got at least three different kinds of typefaces on the one cover.
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