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[COVER] Opinions

Post by Phoenix » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:46 pm

I'd like to ask the group for their opinions on my new book cover. Too simple? It is a psychological thriller. The title has a reference in a passage within the book alluding to a truly evil person having a black and dead heart.
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Post by Michelle » Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:55 pm

Is this a medical thriller?
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Post by Phoenix » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:20 pm

No. The heartbeat on the monitor just seemed a good idea rather than anything like an actual heart. There is a vague connection to chemistry, but that's about as close as it gets to anything medical. In my second draft, I could conceivably have a victim/s hooked up to a monitor if need be. I like the simplicity, I don't, I do I..... on and on. Not set in stone yet. I have the first draft written only at this stage, but I like to have a cover, it urges me to finish the product. So far, the cover has only cost me about $20, which is a factor.

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Post by David Wake » Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:49 am

The face looks out of place, too sunny a day and cheerful.

The blurb doesn't tell me anything about the book. It needs mentioning the main character and some hint about plot.

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Post by walton » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:13 am

If I saw the front cover, I would pick the book up. That's a big plus. But I would also turn the book over and look at the back cover . . . and there you've lost me. Unless thumbing through the book something caught my eye, I'd probably put it down. The same thing holds in the digital bookstore.

I agree with Michelle that looking at the front cover . . . it's gotta be a medical thriller. Would I be disappointed to discover it isn't? I don't know. Or, would I be misdirected, thinking it is, and then not getting the story. For example: Sean Connery did a movie called "Medicine Man." He's a scientist who discovers what might be a universal cure for cancer. The trailer showed him running through the rain forest, the voice over said he was in a race against evil, to save mankind, but will he make it? So I'm watching for the villains, the subplots, etc. I had a hard time following the movie. The trailer said it was a thriller, good vs evil, and it wasn't not like that. Ruined the movie for me. Saw it again on cable, and it was a good movie.
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Post by Michelle » Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:42 pm

I agree with Walton — the cover is misleading. Further, the blurb doesn’t tell me anything about the plot or characters. At this point you’ve lost me.

Simplicity on a cover is fine, but only if it supports the title and blurb in conveying what the book is about. A vague connection is not going to do that.
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Post by Phoenix » Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:26 pm

Thank-you all. One thing I know, my blurbs always suck! I can't write a good blurb to save myself. Temple Williams wrote one for me a few years ago that was killer, but I do not ask an author for favours. I will have to rethink this one a bit. Thanks for your opinions.
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Post by danwiz » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:33 am

Temple Williams also did one of my blurbs, he's pretty darn good at writing those things. Like you, I also cannot write a decent one no matter how hard I try.
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Post by Phoenix » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:10 pm

Had another crack at this. Found a premade to suit. Still not overly impressed with the blurb and calling it a WIP. Will try to find pro help in that regard. Thoughts? BTW, came across a brilliant piece about blurb writing. http://victoriamixon.com/2016/03/21/how ... e-a-blurb/
Now, you'd think that any dummy who can type a 110k novel should be able to follow the simple formula with consummate ease, right? He, he. Try it.
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Post by Michelle » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:07 pm

That cover is heaps better! We still don’t know anything about the protagonist in the blurb though. Always start there.

If it helps, use the journalist’s 5 Ws: who, what, when, where and why (not necessarily in that order). Don’t give away the why, but use it to form the hook line at the end of the blurb.
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