Gift of the Ancien Cover

I’m not sure I’m happy with this, but I don’t have the ability yet to do anything complex with my graphics program. Besides, I do prefer simple. It doesn’t feel quite right, but it will probably take a couple of weeks of looking at it before I figure it out.

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14 thoughts on “Gift of the Ancien Cover

  1. Hmmm, do you need the underlined words in the title? It looks fine big, but in the small version it looks odd. I do like the map and the edge work.

    1. The large version looks kind of empty. That’s why I added the lines. They do look a bit odd in the small version, don’t they? I thought about trying a little drawing to make them more ornate, but haven’t had the courage yet. I really need to work that out because I plan to use the same font and general format when I redo Ages of Blood and (possibly) a sequel.

  2. Throwing my two bob into the mix: The Ancien covers are the ones I like the least. I like the print, but the background; when they’re scaled down, the detail goes, and they just seem weaker as covers than the others. Apart from saying I think I would’ve preferred an ancient object, easily identifiable and holding on the scale down, I have no useful suggestions, I’m sorry, I’ve never attempted anything like it. All I can do is wish you good luck. You’ll get it right eventually – look at what you’ve achieved so far.

    1. It’s a difficult choice because there’s really no object that would be symbolic in any way. I don’t mind if the details of the map are lost. I’m just trying to convey the idea of something that takes place in more than one limited location. I’ll be varying the look of the map for each book.

  3. Maybe your author name needs to stand out more? I suggest to have it as a lighter metallic golden color, instead of just plain black. Or maybe Silver or Bronze? The title isn’t too bad, but it needs maybe a blend of colors and a different font style. You could try mixing it up a bit. 🙂 One of the things about writing a book is making the book cover. I love making my own book covers! 😀

      1. True true… unless you could put a black outline, or a shadow, or some other color outside of the font to make it pop out. But no prob! Any time! 🙂

        1. I wanted to keep the same font, but it doesn’t have an outline variation. So I’ll look for another font that’s compatible and would let me try the outline. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble thinking more flexibly about it, but that’s why I’m not an artist. Much thanks.

  4. I haven’t seen your other covers but when a map has been used in other book covers, it normally ties in with the story. Megan Derr’s covers for her Lost Gods series are a great example of this done extremely well. If you are trying to convey stories that take place in a variety of locations, perhaps the stubs of railway tickets with destinations on them, same with airplane tickets, or memorable or iconographic images from each place (Paris=Eiffel Tower, Venice would be St. Mark’s Square and the canals. That sort of thing.

    That said. I think you are doing a nice job here but it really doesn’t tell you anything about the story.

    1. I understand what you’re getting at, and it’s a good idea, but it’s less about travel than time. That’s why the cover for Ages of Blood includes dates. This story moves from the US to Europe, but the travel itself is unimportant. You’ve given me something to think about, though. I’ve done another version, which I’ll probably post tomorrow, but I’m still open for something different. Thanks.

      1. Time can be conveyed by the front pages of newspapers displaying different dates, or a desk calendar. Or more romantically an hourglass with the sand at varying depths? And then perhaps just an old fashioned clock with the hands at different times/ Just a thought to pass on.

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