Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during March, 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 March 2017 in Fiction
Timandra Whitecastle submitted On the Wheel designed by Tommy Arnold (artwork) & Bookflydesign (Title). “On the Wheel is the second book in the Living Blade series. Just like the cover of the first book ‘Touch of Iron’, this was designed the same way – the artwork was done by Tommy Arnold (www.tommyarnoldart.com) and the title design was created by James T Egan of Bookflydesign.”
JF: A tour de force of artful action. The introduction of the title into the scene depicted only heightens the narrative weight carried by the drawn sword. Dim lighting serves to emphasize the bits that are highlighted. Well done.
e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for March 2017 in Nonfiction
Mark Reid submitted Basic Recipes That Are Actually Cheap designed by Mark at Author Packages. “The author wanted to convey that the recipes were very simple, and used ingredients that most people are likely to already have, as well as the fact that they don’t cost a great deal of money.”
JF: Playful and effective, with emphatic type and a clear message that it will deliver on the promise made in the title. A winner.
Alexandra Brandt submitted Magic for a Rainy Day designed by Alexandra Brandt. “Trying to indicate light contemporary fantasy, while hinting at the rainy theme.”
JF: Although it’s a bit “raw” it does have an attractive, light, touch.
Alexandra Brandt submitted Sidewynd designed by Alexandra Brandt. “Since it’s a portal fantasy and not too dark in tone, I wanted a lighter, fanciful font to balance out the dark-colored image. But I ran into trouble branding it with my second story, which needed a more modern font to show it was urban fantasy. I compromised with mostly urban + a touch of whimsy.”
JF: Atmospheric and effective. The ornamented title is a nice touch.
Alexandra Brandt submitted The Flat Above the Wynd designed by Alexandra Brandt. “The author (me) gave the designer (also me) an annoying dilemma when two stories in a series had wildly different title lengths (see Sidewynd). Instead of changing the story title, I tried to convey series branding and genre through font choices and color, rather than trying to match the artwork.”
JF: I think it works!
Alexandra Brandt submitted GROND: The Raven High designed by Alexandra Brandt. “The client wanted me to develop a custom typeface for his series branding, something that would be central element on all of his future covers. I created that element by hand in Illustrator. The overall look of the cover is meant to portray space-based sci-fi w/ cyberpunk, for a YA audience.”
JF: Terrific in addressing the target audience with a dramatic sci-fi look.
Amanda Valerie Judd submitted SOUR designed lindagraphicx.
JF: Easy to see why citrus would appeal, but this style of photography almost always says something food-related and I’m not sure that’s what you wanted to do.
Amy Hemingway submitted The Sleep designed by Amy Hemingway.
JF: An interesting design, sorry the author’s name was rendered indecipherable.
Amy Hunter submitted Unbound designed by Michael Powell. “The woman on the cover is unzipping her corset and losing her inhibitions. She is becoming Unbound.”
JF: The explosively voluptuous artwork is perfect for this anthology of erotica.
Anike Kirsten submitted Of Beasts and Men designed Anike Kirsten. “The cover is simplistic in order to strengthen the characterization of the story, as it contains aspects of identity conflicts. The cover is a portrait of the main character, Gliese Libra, through whose perspective the narrative is told.”
JF: Well done, although I wish the title had more contrast with the background.
Bella J submitted Blood & Lies designed Q Designs.
JF: Visually very confusion and, therefore, ineffective.
brandon bagley submitted Halley’s Promise designed by Brandon Bagley. “William Halley and his friend J.R. take their motorcycles on an adventurous road trip through the United States and Mexico after escaping death in the Vietnam War.”
JF: It’s really not bad, despite the odd black band at the bottom.
Brent Jones submitted The Fifteenth of June designed by Victoria Cooper. “Thanks for your consideration!”
brett Davie submitted Love Trev and Jhivana designed brett Davie.
JF: Brett, I seriously recommend that you hire one of the wonderful cover designers whose work you see here; we link to their sites and many are ver reasonably-priced. Seriously.
C. J. Brightley submitted The Lord of Dreams designed by C. J. Brightley. “The Lord of Dreams is a fairytale adventure with allusions to Irish mythology and a thread of romance.”
C.A. Huggins submitted A Hard Reset designed by Bookfly Design.
JF: A hard-edged series design with high impact. Typography and imagery are integrated into a cohesive statement. ★
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