Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Preliminary cover for The Elemental Odyssey

Igor Kieryluk sent me a preliminary draft of the cover for my YA book, The Elemental Odyssey.
It is amazing! I love it! I can’t wait for the final color version. This is really going to help sell the book.

18 comments:

  1. That is sweet! Wish I had the money, but for now I'm doing covers with Gimp and stock images.

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  2. Oh yes, it will ! (help sell the book) ...

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  3. Drat! Now I'll have to go buy another of your works. My Kindle library will be sole author territory. ;)

    Looks great. Best.
    tony

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  4. That looks awesome, and raccoons are cool.

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  5. I downloaded your Kindle Formatting book today and got right to it. It seems the link to your HTML page doesnt operate as you say it should. After right clicking, there is no 'Save target as" option on the drop down only 'SAve link as". I went to the page and saved the page but who knows? Sems as though it should work as you say in the book

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  6. Tracy, sorry to hear about your problem. What web browser are you using? If you didn't get the file, send me an email at derek@derekjcanyon.com I can send you the template file.

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  7. Wow. Love the cover. Especially that airship with the four sails!

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  8. J, the four-sailed "airship" plays a primary role in the story. I had a description in the story, but Igor took that and improved on it. Now, I have to go back and adjust the story because of his visualization talent.
    BTW, he did the same thing with the cover for Dead Dwarves Don't Dance

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  9. This reminds me of Brian Jacques! I devoured his books in elementary school. I wanted to live in Salamandastron and meet Martin the Warrior and Muriel!!!

    Hahaha, memories. I even wrote a story for English class based on the same ideas of animals as people... Good luck :)

    Shackled
    Cheat

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  10. The artwork is very good. I would, however, consider moving the sub-title up underneath the Book title. I'd also move your name up a bit, I think it's to close to the bottom.

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  11. That's a very, very cool cover. Congrats!

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  12. I LOVE the artwork. The only thing I don't like is that the font is Papyrus. Every self-pubbed book in the universe seems to use Papyrus, often badly, so now seeing it anywhere makes me cringe. I also agree that the subtitle should be closer to the title.

    Sorry if this is TMI. I just popped over from Cover Art Review and am still somewhat in that mode. :P

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  13. I agree with Tara completely. Everytime I see that font I cringe. But the artwork is pretty awesome.

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  14. JE, I can’t remember how many Redwall books I read, but I always enjoyed them. It (along with Bugs Bunny and werewolves) probably influenced my decision to use anthropomorphized animals in my story.

    PJ, I think you are right. I will see if I can do that without obscuring the skyship.

    Tara, burrito, thanks for the comments on the font. I searched my hard drive, found 5 I liked, experimented with them, and decided that Papyrus was the most legible in thumbnail size. Thanks to your advice, I’m going to go look for some more font options.

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  15. Fonts are a cruel mistress, I hate them. Well the act of picking the right one anyway. The right font can be beautiful (I use them in video work, but same principal)

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  16. I found a bunch more fonts on dafont.com. Experimenting with them. I'll post some alternatives later.

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  17. Looks great, I can't wait to read it! While I think that the subtitle does need to be near the main title, I don't see how you can do it without obscuring that excellent airship.

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