At the Meade Bed & Breakfast
Awesome cover! I’m sure it’ll be a big hit.
Some thoughts from a graphic designer, for what it’s worth:
Excellent image. However, your names and the title trap a big chunk of space in the upper right because “breakfast” is so long. The title font is too thin and doesn’t hold its own on the page. “Meade” is tangent to the chair instead of either overlapping or giving it its space. Also, the blood spatter on the hatchet looks realistic, but the other splatter is really fire engine red and Photoshop beveled. Is it part of the title, or supposed to be on the chair? Either way, it’s too fake.
A realistic spatter or smear might be more intriguing on the wall down behind the chair.
Robert Swartwood Reply:October 22nd, 2012 at 7:58 am
Thanks for the feedback.
Believe me, there are a few more things I’d like to tweak/change on this cover. But it was like pulling teeth just to get what’s here now. My normal designer didn’t do it, but another guy who does “predesigned covers” for a decently low price. Let’s just say, don’t be surprised if you see a different cover released sooner rather than later. For now, I think (hope) this should do the trick.
I personally quite like the cover – glad to see that Carl Graves finally got rid of that design that’s been on his site for months…. lol
do you find that seasonal titles, such as this one for Halloween or others for Christmas etc, keep decent sales at other times of the year or just during the holidays themselves? It would be interesting to see how best to position these titles to make the most out of the theme of the holidays but still be “generic” enough in theme to be appealing at other times of the year.
Robert Swartwood Reply:October 26th, 2012 at 9:53 am
Well, to be honest, “At the Meade Bed & Breakfast” is just a ghost story, not specifically set for Halloween (it takes place during December, actually). It just works out nice that we’ll be able to release the ebook right before Halloween. My ebook IN SOLEMN SHADES OF ENDLESS NIGHT, however, does deal with Halloween (man trapped in perpetual Halloween night), and the sales for that are modest all year, but certainly nothing special, and certainly don’t increase come Halloween. Then again, I released it two years ago and have sort of forgotten about it and didn’t even try to promote it this year at all. Whoops!
put a pumpkin on the cover and you’re golden :)
Robert Swartwood Reply:October 26th, 2012 at 10:21 am
Like this cover?
Doubt it would help
that’s all I can say.
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