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Comment by Lynn Tincher, Author on June 5, 2008 at 9:03am
Skewing the brain is the point of the book! So the cover has done its task. :)
Comment by Lynn Tincher, Author on June 5, 2008 at 6:14am
Thank you all so much. I appreciate the honesty and the great suggestions. I selected the photo for the cover but the publisher did the design. I really like it but I do agree with you all in that the name and subtitile needs to be bigger and I really like the idea of using blue. I have to have the proof back soon and I'm glad to have your input. Hopefully you all will like the final result! : Thanks again.
Comment by Fiona Veitch Smith on June 5, 2008 at 2:49am
Hi Lynn, thanks for the invite! Great site. And great cover too. I really like the creepy shadow between the blinds. I'm not 100% sure about the angle of your name. OK as it stands, but might overpower things if you increase the size. Can't read the bottom text at all, so agree it should go up a pt or two.
Comment by The Innkeeper on June 5, 2008 at 1:25am
I love it, but agree with most that your name and the text at the bottom need color and enlarging.

I just joined this network, so will find my way around and try to make sensible comments. Please forgive the picture, I did an event for charity (Comic Relief) and my kids did the outfit, although red was a must they did ok.
Comment by Alicia Castillo on June 4, 2008 at 10:47pm
Loved it.. congrats..
Perhaps you can create a more intriguing effect by using upper and lower cases in AfterThoughts or mixing them up to make it even more weird..

AftErThoughtS but it is harder to read.

the font on the bottom is hard to read too. I think a paler sort of yellow would look better than the white.

Comment by Linton Robinson on June 4, 2008 at 7:25pm
Excellent, got a nice off-kilter tension. Who did the design?
Comment by Margaret Tanner on June 4, 2008 at 6:15pm
Hi Lyn,
I like the cover, it has a dark sort of aura, brooding one might even say, which is great. I thought perhaps your name could be in a different colour or maybe bolder, because it didn't really stand out.
Kind regards
Margaret Tanner
Comment by A. A. Riley on June 4, 2008 at 5:42pm
Awesome cover!!!!!!! Did you design it yourself? Allyssa:)
Comment by Brenda Weaver on June 4, 2008 at 1:15pm
I love the whole design of your book cover but must agree with the rest that your name should be easier to read...other than that it's great! Good luck with it!
Comment by Marvin Double on June 4, 2008 at 12:23pm
The over all design is quite good and has a nice strong graphic feel. It clearly creates a sinister sense of mystery and intrigue. The contrast between dark and light elements works nicely while the use of perspective draws the eye back into the image, which also has the added psychological effect of drawing one into the book figuratively.

I agree with some of the other comments about the changing the position and size of the authors credit line. I feel the bottom right corner. If you wish to prevent the authors credit from competing with the other design elements you might consider using a light typeface, as it is now and or a different colour. Consider something very subtle like burnt umber, with just enough contrast against the background to be visible without being distracting. One of the earlier posts also suggested Royal Blue, which could work if handled well.

One other possible way to deal with the authors credit line would be to use an outline text. The outline would be the same colour as the main title. The body of the text would remain open and appear the same colour as the background.

All in all however I think the basic design is excellent.

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