e-Book Cover Design Awards Information

by | Sep 7, 2011

Since announcing the new monthly e-book cover design awards last week, we’ve been working behind the scenes to get ready for the first issue, coming sooner than you think.

And it’s a lesson for all you author bloggers, too. It’s not just about cover design.

Running a competition, of course, is a good method for entertaining readers, bringing the excitement of a mini-event to the audience, creating drama and celebrating the winners.

In the process, you may also

  • attract links in from other blogs linking to the competition
  • get written about if you create a popular contest
  • gain subscribers as more people visit during the contest or to see the “winners”
  • find more great designers and indie authors

And that’s part of the reason I’m quite excited to get them up on the blog for you.

Scheduling

The monthly schedule includes the Carnival of the Indies blog carnival on the last Sunday of the month. That makes me think that the e-Book Cover Design Awards ought to fall in the middle of the month.

My choices are Sunday or Monday. Do you see an advantage to one over the other?

Submissions and Ratings

Last I checked there were almost 40 covers submitted for the August awards, so we should have a good deal to show.

I’m rethinking my original idea. I first thought that I would pick 1 winner in Fiction and 1 in Nonfiction, and leave all the others without mention.

Now I wonder if it wouldn’t be more helpful to sort the submissions into categories, like

  • Top-level, the kind of cover we aspire to
  • Good, professional work you can be proud of
  • Competent and functional cover design
  • Acceptable cover design
  • Still needs work

Would you welcome something like that? Or using some of the submitted covers to show what to do, and what not to do?

I’m interested in how I can make this useful to the most number of people without discouraging anyone.

Criteria

Although I have personal preferences in design, I’ve looked at so many books over the years I think I can tell the ones that work from those that don’t.

Rather than preferences, I’ll be looking at:

  • Suitability to the selling environment
  • How the cover looks at all the sizes likely to be found online
  • Typography, the hardest thing for many people
  • Impact, or stopping power
  • Innovative solutions to e-book covers

Is there something I’m leaving out?

Don’t forget to submit your covers for the September awards, this is going to be fun.

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20 Comments

  1. Amber B Skylar

    Are you still accepting entries? I would like to submit my book cover design.

    Colors of Amber, A Memoir, by Amber B Skylar

    Can see it on Amazon. Thank you.

    Reply
  2. Elizabeth J Carter

    Forgive me for my Swype. I meant to say that I would like to see a genre specific category, not *greentree. Though I do think that a green tree would look awfully nice on a book cover.

    Reply
  3. Elizabeth J Carter

    I entered this contest some time ago and I appreciated the candid critique that my cover was given. It helped me to get a better idea about the impression it made on people who were viewing it. I’m looking forward to entering again in the future. And I agree with Ms. Dingli. I would like to see a greentree specific category as well.

    Reply
  4. Rosanne Dingli

    I would like to see the criterion “genre-appropriate” added. Thank you for this excellent contest which I look forward to each month.

    Reply
  5. Candace Williams

    The Book Cover Design Awards is always a favorite. If I don’t have time to read it, I’ll flag it for later review.
    I’d prefer Sunday over Monday.
    The category idea is terrific because we’ll be able to see all the “top-levels” in one place, and compare them with the “acceptables,” etc.
    Others have mentioned allowing comments on the covers. I like that idea as well.
    Thanks for making this even more fun than it already is!

    Reply

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