Please help me pick a cover :)

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Kary English
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Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Kary English » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:49 am

Hi, all,

I need a cover for Flight of the Kikayon (see my sig. to read it) a sci-fi novelette that features a clone-related plot with a female MC who's a castaway on a water planet.

The mood is a combo of hard neurosci SF, action & adventure, and a certain literary feel.

Which of these do you like best and why?

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Hat tip to the designer, who charges just $30 for premade covers: http://www.goonwrite.com/index.htm There's a category selection panel about halfway down in the left sidebar.
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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby MontyApollo » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:32 pm

I like "Contact" better. I think it better portrays the part of the story about being stranded on a island.

I think the stars on "Sector" can help give a sci-fi vibe, but the mountain-thing just looks odd to me.

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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby izanobu » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:05 pm

I like the image of Contact better but the fonts on Sector better. Does that help? :)

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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Kary English » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:31 pm

Thanks, Annie and Monty!

I've pretty much decided to go with Contact, with some possibly tweakage involving the type.
WOTF: 1 HM, 1 Semi, 2 Finalists, 1 Winner
Q2,V31 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Flight of the Kikayon at the Grantville Gazette
Totaled (revised HM) in issue #9 of Mike Resnick's Galaxy's Edge
Departure Gate 34B at DSF

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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Sam Hidaka » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:44 pm

Of the two, I think the one for "Contact Made" fits better.

However, I like the illustration in the Gazette more than I like either of those two.

Sam

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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Kary English » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:15 pm

Thanks, Sam!
WOTF: 1 HM, 1 Semi, 2 Finalists, 1 Winner
Q2,V31 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Flight of the Kikayon at the Grantville Gazette
Totaled (revised HM) in issue #9 of Mike Resnick's Galaxy's Edge
Departure Gate 34B at DSF

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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Kary English » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:03 am

I decided to go with this one, btw.

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Pre-mades by this designer start at $30, with discounts for packs of two or more. http://www.goonwrite.com/science-fiction-pre-made-book-cover-designs.htm#.Uebp-W1Eu1k
WOTF: 1 HM, 1 Semi, 2 Finalists, 1 Winner
Q2,V31 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Flight of the Kikayon at the Grantville Gazette
Totaled (revised HM) in issue #9 of Mike Resnick's Galaxy's Edge
Departure Gate 34B at DSF

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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby bobsandiego » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:25 pm

I know it is go on write, but the URl makes it look like Goon Write to me! wotf019
Is it strange I look at those covers and want to write stories to go with them?
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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Rebecca Birch » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:46 pm

bobsandiego wrote:I know it is go on write, but the URl makes it look like Goon Write to me! wotf019
Is it strange I look at those covers and want to write stories to go with them?


I have seriously considered doing this, since my cover-making skills are nil and I love writing to prompts.
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Re: Please help me pick a cover :)

Postby Kary English » Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:21 pm

I totally get wanting to write a story to match some of those covers! And yes, I think of it as Goon Write, too. :)
WOTF: 1 HM, 1 Semi, 2 Finalists, 1 Winner
Q2,V31 - Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
Flight of the Kikayon at the Grantville Gazette
Totaled (revised HM) in issue #9 of Mike Resnick's Galaxy's Edge
Departure Gate 34B at DSF


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