Having a problem choosing between the purple cave and the flame one. The purple one has the symbolic factors to it, but for me, the fact that the top of her head is cut off kinda.. I dunno.. turns me off it? The flaming one is my next choice.. Not sure if I want to vote yet haha >.<
I voted the purple cave cover. I think Katarthis has the reasons nailed. Rainbow would be my second choice, but I think the bars need a lighter touch. It kind of reminds me of 'we are experiencing technical difficulties, please stand by' Of course, your targetted readers are too young to recall that.
Thanks. I was waiting for your reaction. Did you go over to see Heather's variation on the flaming girl cover? Check it out in her gallery. And try to let me know what you think. I'm still leaning toward the cave, but this new one has a certain glam to it.
I'm trying to balance both readers and nonreaders... the first because they know the feel of the book, and I want the cover to express that; the others because I want to be sure the cover draws attention. The purple cave is winning in both categories.
Honestly, I liked the cover that was very white. It was just very eye catching and VERY pretty; out of all of them I would have chosen that one. However with the choices given, I'd say the orange flamed one. The purple one is nice but just doesn't seem right, and the flamebow is way, WAY too busy. Not that it isn't nice, but there's just too much there imo. Good luck!
Well I voted Flamebow, but upon closer inspection I chose just the regular one of her on fire. It was a tough choice; originally I though the purple one because it wasn't too busy, but then I realized it was kind of too pale. The Flamebow looked good as a thumbnail, but not as great when I saw the whole thing. And finally (this is all starting to sound like the Three Little Bears) after considering the fire one for a while it just seemed right. The artist did a very good job on all three of them by the way!
I chose the flame one, mostly because of it's impact. It'll grab people's attention on the shelves. And the visual of the fire suggests much action and struggle, and there's a lot of that in Fellowship. :3
I think the purple one shows the most "truth" of the story with the cave and that you can see her hair and eyes and stuff, but the impact is much less.
That's what I thought everyone would say. To my surprise, my primary target audience (females 13-20) almost all like the purple cave. It's going to take some serious internal debating on my part to pick just one. I guess I'll just have to save the others to be repurposed for books 2 and 3. Lol.
I chose the orange flame colour. I thought the flamebow was pretty but too busy and somehow didn't look quite right. The white/purple one is nice but the pale cover with a face design is far too popular at the moment. I also think it makes her seem weaker than when she is covered in flames, as though she is going to be a victim in the story rather than a protagonist. The orange flame one makes you instantly wonder what it will be about, I think.
Sorry if this sounds horribly critical, I really do think that they are all very beautiful, I just wanted to explain my choice in case any of it was relevant.
None of these exactly scream underground cave dweller with psychic powers. The yellow one is too flamey for certain, but still looks the best. I'd write a whole book just to use that cover.
The title of the book is Fellowship... so I'm wondering where the rest of the folk are? The rainbow one at least implied a variety of people. Though if there was any significant meaning to the colors (ala Power Rangers or something of that ilk) I wouldn't know.
Theres a billion things you could do. Using a warp filter around the head is the right idea, but maybe flames aren't.
Generally when designing books, loot at what is selling and emulate that. Logos do well, too. Like [link] or my mos. If you can hit on a great one, it ties your books together and becomes instantly recognizable. Plus since they're this secret society... well, you know. People eat that up and it becomes a fashion accessory. That = $$$$.
Not big on screaming... and the novel has mystery too. It is not strictly sci-fi/occultish, if you know what I mean. There's romance and a bit of subtle comment about the state of society in general and THIS Guild society a lot. Those who have read the book are also heavily in favor of the purple cover, which is also swaying me. How did you like Heather's purple version of the flame girl? Still too Carrie-like? Or did it have a more occultish feel?
Oh, and yes, the colors represented the levels of this society: a kind of apartheid of psychics.