Sunday, June 21, 2015

Help Choose the Cover of my Next Book! The Diamond Looking Glass

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Hello Readers! I need some help. My third book in the Cleopatra's Legacy Series is due to come out this October 2015. I have two covers that I need to choose from and I'd like your help picking the final version. Please look at both versions and let me know if you prefer version one or version two. Just leave a comment with your answer and if you want, tell me why. One lucky commenter on my blog or Facebook page will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card just for commenting. One comment whether blog or Facebook counts towards the giveaway. You must be 13+ to enter. Open internationally as long as your email will accept the Amazon code. No purchase necessary to enter. The contest will run for two weeks,ending midnight Monday, July 6th PST. Please help spread the word by sharing on Twitter and FB. Examples below...Good Luck!

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Version One:

Version Two:

46 comments:

  1. I like version #2 because I feel like it matches your other books better!

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  2. I like version #2, the eye in version 1 doesn't look too good (rutyla10(at)hotmail(dot)com)

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  3. I like version two, because it looks like the magnifying glass is actaully picking up a detail from the background of the cover.

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    1. Wouldn't that be a 'looking glass' that you're referring to? A looking glass is a mirror.

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  4. I like version 1. Don't really know why. Maybe the eye appeals to me more.Cheryl Abdelnour cjabdelnour@hotmail.com

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  5. i prefer version 2 as the egyptian eye is more fitting i think that the human one

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  6. I like the second one because the eye seems more authentically ancient!

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  7. Version 1 catches my eye much more. It draws me in.

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  8. I find I like version one more-it just appeals to me more!

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  9. I like Version 2 the best!!

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  10. I think #1 pulls your attention more to the cover, but I still like #2 better, because it's more appropriate to the book.

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  11. I like number 2 the best. I agree with 1993wel above. It pulls the background into the magnifying glass image, where the human eye looks out of place.

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    1. It's a "looking glass" -- a mirror -- not a magnifying glass.

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  12. version one draws me in more tho two probably fits the books better so ill have to say 2

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  13. I like version 2. It says Cleopatra more to me than the other.

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  14. version 2 seems to fit better with the book.

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  15. I like version 2 better, it's more appealing to me and seems more . . mysterious, I think! kayla3194 at gmail

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  16. I like version one more :3 The realism of the eye has a good effect.
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  17. Version one. It's more eye catching :0 ;) ;)

    ~Rose
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  18. I like Ver.1 better myself, but I think Ver.2 would probably sell better.

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  19. I liked version 1. It looks like a reflection of the person looking into it. I did not understand the reason for the Egyptian eye symbol.

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  20. I like the first one. It drew me in quicker. They both look great though!

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  21. Personally, I think Version Two is better. To be honest, I've never liked books with real images on them, I prefer ones that are illustrated. Both of them are very nice though, can't wait to read them! :-)

    ~Cindy

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  22. I like version 2. Way to go, these are great!

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  23. I'd pick both of them up but would choose the first to read. Thanks for the opportunity to vote.

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  24. option # 1 a looking glass is a mirror. It doesn't make sense to not have a human face reflected in it.

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  25. This is so exciting! There are so many comments. Thank you and keep them coming :)

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  26. I vote for #1. There's something about the real eye that drew me in more than the illustration. Congrats on your upcoming release! It looks like an intriguing read!

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  27. As far as everything outside the looking glass circle is concerned, I think the cover looks really interesting and well-done. I see the Eiffel tower, so I think Paris will be involved. I see Egyptian heiroglyphics in the background, so I think Egypt archeology will be involved. The art deco styling around the borders makes me think this book is set in the 1920s or 30s. And the header “Cleopatra’s Legacy” is a tip-off that Cleopatra is involved somehow.

    From what I can see, everything except the picture in the center of the looking glass is the same between the two covers, so the decision comes down to which picture inside that circle helps your book the most.

    Now, regarding what’s inside that circle, in version 1, the living eye inside the circle added to the header “Cleopatra’s Legacy” makes me think that Cleopatra will be a character in the story. Also, having a picture of a real person draws me in as a viewer. It makes me curious.
    However, the makeup on the lady’s face does not automatically make me think “Egyptian woman.” The eye seems a little strange, with that line at the bottom corner of her eye rising up. (It’s the header that clues me in that eye is Egyptian and is meant to be Cleopatra. Without the header I wouldn’t have a clue.) If you decided to go with a photo in that circle, it might be good to see if you can find something that looks more obviously Egyptian.

    In version 2, the Eye of Horus does an excellent job of telling us this is about something Egypt, but to me it is more of a generalized symbol, and you already have the hieroglyphics, and “Cleopatra” in the header that does that work. Also, using a drawing of the Eye of Horus loses the immediacy of communicating that Cleopatra is a character in your story. For all we know, Cleopatra is always going to be considered dead and gone, although I’d hope with a magic looking glass we will see her alive.

    I’d go with version 1, though I’d hope there was an option of redoing that live eye. (Though it may be tricky finding good stock photos of well-made-up Egyptian women in the ancient style.)

    Sorry for writing so much, but I just couldn’t help myself. (I’ve recently been analyzing my own cover options, so I’ve had my analysis hat on for a while.)

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  28. I like version 2 better. Also, Do you have your blog on bloglovin? I haven't been able to use my eamil subscriptions effectively and I am missing tons of blog posts. I am trying to switch over to bloglovin, because I have noticed that I visit a lot more blogs that way. And I want to keep following your blog! :)


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  29. I like version two better, the photo of the eye seems a little out of place, while the stylized eye fits with the rest of the cover better.

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  30. Version 2 is the best, I don't like the real eye in the first picture.

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  31. I like version #2. Shared on Facebook .

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  32. I like version one..it adds intrigue!

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  33. I like version #2. The 'real eye' on the first cover doesn't look Egyptian enough.

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  34. I like version 2. For some reason, the human eye doesn't look like it belongs/fits.

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  35. I like version 1. The eye makes the book look more enticing.

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  36. I gotta go with version 2. That eye, in version 1 just doesn't look right.
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  38. I like version 1 the best, because it drew my attention better.

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  39. I like Version 2 better. The eye in Version 1 is too bold.

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  40. I like version 1 better. Looks much more eye catching.
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  41. Ten reasons why I prefer the first cover:

    1. While the second cover better matches the historical theme, the use of The Eye of Horus is somewhat cliché as a hieroglyphic selection.

    2. A human eye is, psychologically speaking, more universally relatable than is the more abstract symbolism presented in the Eye.

    3. Unless the Eye would, in consideration of the entire book, be illustrated solely on the cover, I would use the first cover as a means of representing the interaction between your characters and the periodization that you performed in writing the book.

    4. The eye on on the first cover is, unlike that on the second, angled so as to match the visual flow to the top right corner of the book that is inherently presented by the angle of the looking glass.

    5. The Eye of Horus depicted on the second cover provides viewers with an item in which to be interested: the historical symbolism presented in Egyptian mythology. In contrast, the presence of a human eye on the first cover directly conveys a investigative feeling of interest to the reader, rather than, as does the second cover, relying upon the viewer himself to provide this feeling of intrigue.

    6. The human eye on the first cover provides greater contrast in visual shading, making it more noticeable from a bookshelf.

    7. The hue of the human eye on the first cover is more noticeably blue, complimenting the blue ribbons across the top and bottom borders of the cover.

    8. The symmetrical contrast between the dark pupil of the human eye on the first cover and the diamond inlaid into the handle of the looking glass draws the eye to the Eiffel tower in the background, emphasizing the unique story setting and drawing the viewer inwards. The Eye of Horus on the second cover instead compliments the inlaid diamond, drawing the eye to the orange vertical decorative borders that overlay the Egyptian pillars along the side edges of the cover, and making the cover appear more two-dimensional

    9. Rick Riordan's overuse of the Eye of Horus in his Kane Chronicles would give first-time viewers impressions of mimicry and artistic regurgitation.

    10. L'Œil d'Horus représente une période barbare pour les Egyptiens qui est en contraste avec le culture raffiné de la population française. En général les Egyptiens ont pensaient du dieu Horus avec un peu de peur, car le dieu était féroce pour le roi qu'il a été considéré comme être. Ce contrast est un faiblesse stratégique.

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