Cover reveal: Scotland’s Guardians

Hi,

I’ve been struggling with this cover for a while. My biggest problem was that I got terrific art by a guy called Bramasta Aji, but I just couldn’t fit the title or author name in without blocking out the most interesting part of the picture. In the end, I decided that the picture is more important. The title will still be readable enough in a thumbnail, but the picture will be the main focus. What do you think? Will it draw readers?

 

Scotland’s Guardians tells the story of Bryanna, a young girl with few friends living in Edinburgh, Scotland. When her father is kidnapped by a woman with a strangely familiar scent, Bryanna follows them instead of calling the police. It’s a choice that will change her life forever. Luckily, she does remember some of the old Scottish tales she loved so much as a child. Now, she needs all that knowledge to survive, especially with a Kelpie on her heels bent on murder (I’m still working on the cover-text).

Scotland’s Guardians will be available on Amazon before the month is out. Other retailers will follow soon.
Let me know what you think of the cover,
Cat

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About Cat-Gerlach

I am an author and a triple mum. I am living in Northern Germany with my family and my dog.

Posted on January 16, 2013, in or browse all books and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hey Cat, I like the cover and think the “ghosting” effect with the text is a fine choice. You’re right, the thumbnail might tell a different story- but it’s hard to see a better choice.
    Good cover description too (just a typo on “heals” instead of “heels”!). You go! Good luck as always with the release.

  2. The picture *is* gorgeous. It tells me a lot about the story.

    However, all the empty space between the horse and the loch ness monster, plus the fact that they’re black and the characters at the bottom are in color, confuses my eyes. I want something to focus on and I just can’t.

    But…

    I put the cover in a new tab in my browser and zoomed out to get a thumbnail image. Interestingly, the picture works better as a thumbnail than the full size you have in this post.

    Still, the title is too small. Thankfully, it’s readable in thumbnail, so you might be able to get away with it. It just looks a little odd and somewhat amateurish.

    Finally, I can’t read your name at all at thumbnail size. It’s a combination of the size and the ghosting.

    I hope that was helpful and that I didn’t discourage you. And it is a very pretty picture. I can see why you didn’t want to abandon it.

    • I know that my name won’t be readable at thumbnail size, but I took that into consideration. All in all, I’d rather have the picture stand out than the text. The story is YA, and I believe the picture grabs a YA reader faster than a title. Thanks for your feedback. I will tweak the cover some more.

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