Tuesday, November 8, 2011

German Covers and Life Ain't Too Shabby

It may not have been the best day ever, but it was typically cool. The morning started with signing a contract to publish The Skull Ring in Chinese, followed by sending a notice of a rights reversion for the book that shall be Creative Spirit (formerly The Manor), followed by receiving the translated file of Crime Beat (Ressort: Verbrechen in German from Stefan Mommertz), followed by writing some of the current thriller in progress, followed by helping the neighbor dress a deer. Plus I found my daughter's glasses that had been missing for a week, and I found where my wife has been hiding the cookies. I am so grateful to have such rich and abundant blessings (and the abundance is going to my belly if I eat too many cookies.)

You can help me out by weighing in on these covers (the base image is the same as the English version, so it seems simplest to just re-use it, although I could also go back to the drawing board completely if you hate them both)




FINAL VERSION

22 comments:

Swands said...

I'm partial to the one on the left with the distressed typeface. The typographer in me is screaming because the 'N' is so close to being a tangent with the pencil. I would also try to deepen the red of the spatter-it looks more magenta. Maybe also a thin red stroke around--or drop shadow--around your name and book title.

David H. Burton said...

I like the left one.

JL Bryan said...

I prefer the one on the left, too.

Stefan said...

I'll join the crowd and vote for the left one.
Maybe 'Scott' looks a bit lost there above 'Nicholson'...

author Christa Polkinhorn said...

Should I now vote for the one on the right, just to be mean?
Okay, it's the one on the left. It's classy. I agree with Stefan though. "Scott" above Nicholson does look a little lost.
Christa

Neal Hock said...

The one on the left, hands down.

BTW, what did you dress the deer with? Was it a formal kind of day, or business casual?

-Neal

Vicki said...

I vote for the left one.

author Scott Nicholson said...

LOL Neal, we dressed it with a cold length of steel...and then with butter.

I made my first name small because my parents gave me one of those dumb uneven names that don't look good on a book cover--didn't they know I would be an author tyrant?

Roger Stelljes said...

First I would shrink the cover down to a thumbnail size like it would be viewed in a list on Amazon (you can paste it into Word and shrink it down). On the cover on the left, the Ressort: Verbrechen font looks solid in a thumbnail size and even more interesting in a large size. I would increase the size of your first name as it is almost unreadable in the thumbnail size. My choice: the left one with some changes.

author Scott Nicholson said...

Thanks Roger, I always build my images as thumbnails--in fact, when I look for the base image, I only browse thumbnails. If I can't tell what it is, I skip it. However, this one I built from a couple of images, and I have ramped up the saturation and hue of the red a little. I will re-address the little Scott but it's my last name I need to promote the most. It's one of those awkward unbalanced names so I need a flatter font to fill up that space.

Milton Bagby said...

When in doubt, go with black and white. Bigger, blacker font beats the red letters and smaller font.

Also, I am troubled by your use of the word "belly." That is a coarse word, not fit for polite conversation between strangers.

Jon Olson said...

Left one for me, too.

Jon Olson

LFrog1386 said...

I think it's unanimous; I like the left one best, too. I agree that the stark, black letters make it punch against the (soon-to-be)blood-red ink.

Sharon

author Scott Nicholson said...

thanks Milton, I also made my name uniform and straight across in one line.

Thanks Jon and Sharon for weighing in.

Sharon said...

top left!

author Scott Nicholson said...

thanks Sharon!

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