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Goblin Novella cover rough!

So this is my initial rough for the cover of the Goblin Novella.

It’s got a white background. That’s the bit that I am wavering most on.

A) The art looks best on white. So if I want to use this art, at least a chunk of it has to be white.

B) Very few trade book covers are white.

C) That either means it will stand out or look HORRIBLY AMATEURISH.

D) I don’t know which.

E) If I ever do a sequel, it is suggested that it have the same format, which is totally doable.

F) Cover art is mostly to show people that this is the kind of book they will like, not to make Deathless Art For The Ages.

G) Still don’t know if this is the way to go.

H) Thoughts appreciated.


ETA: Thanks to everyone who's weighed in! So far, given all sources, it seems to be running about 2/3rds for, 1/3rd against, with some concerns on the viewing thumbnail on Amazon. (And I had no idea that white covers were generally avoided because of dirt! But I've gotten that from like three different people! I never even thought of that, but of course, e-book only, doesn't apply.)

At 150 pixels high (the Amazon thumbnail size) with a black border, it looks like this:


And y'know, I'm actually pretty okay with that. I've got one rather nice peach version sent in by the awesome batwrangler and may yet waver, but I'm still kinda fond of the white, and the important thing is that it doesn't read as I AM A DIY COVER OF DIY-NESS, which is my BIG concern. *grin* Though I may see if the parchment look works, too...also a great suggestion.

ETA2: With a faint gray border inside the art, intersecting the author name, as suggested below:


Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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You're self-publishing, if I recall. Print on demand, or running up a stock and taking the risk? Because if print on demand, you're not going to be in many bricks and mortar bookstores to begin with. Even if you're doing a print run, is your distribution plan really going to be in many physical bookstores? Or are you mostly going to be on Amazon?

I self-publish a series of critical histories of Doctor Who, and my cover artist and I realized, after some discussion, that the entire logic of "consistent trade dress so you stand out on shelves" is irrelevant to print-on-demand/ebook sales, and ended up with a cool setup where each book is done in a pastiche of the graphic design of the era it covers. It's been marvelous.

Which is to say that "how it looks on the shelf" is increasingly less relevant, and you can probably take the risk.

E-book only to start. May wind up with a small print run with a small press--I've had a couple of offers so far--but I want to get it out as an e-book to start.

If and when it goes to print, it'd still be on-line orders, and yeah, I agree it doesn't work the same way it used to! (The biggest concern here was getting the title readable at an inch high...)

If it's ebook only then I don't see how a white background is risky at all. And it does look terribly nice.

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