Recently, I have been very focused on covers. There are a few reasons for this: a minor copyright fracas (which you can have a nose at in the comments of this post), general feeling of “not quite right” and the need for a new cover for an upcoming book.
This was the subject of my little copyright mishap. I foolishly used a royalty-free background image for the original cover (left). There’s nothing wrong with doing so, until it turns out that the webpage advertising it as royalty-free doesn’t own the copyright!
Particularly embarrassing if you happen to be a law student (who should know better!). But I prefer the new version (right) and the image is from Kindle’s stock collection so if there’s a foul, Kindle will be the one getting a red card.
The last two covers are very similar. But somehow the middle one felt off. The font is much clearer in the middle and I liked my addition of a crow in flight. But it didn’t reflect the story for me. Too bright and gentle.
I feel like the new cover (right) conveys the essence of the story far better. It’s rough sailing and things could go wrong in a very deadly way. Of course, I kept the background nautical for obvious reasons. Vikings!
… Looking at them again I feel like I prefer the original vegvisir (navigation wheel – left) cover.
It should be very clear that the latest version (right) is a work-in-progress. I’ve been sketching it out as I run through the editing process for Servants of Infamy. The white rose is unfinished, the fleur de lis isn’t symmetrical and a few other elements need to be moved around.
Other than that, what do you think of it so far? I feel like the jumpy antique font reflects the period, but is everything too cluttered in the middle? Should I get rid of the coffee stain?
As ever, I’m eager to hear your feedback – whether positive or negative! If you hate it, you’ll be doing me a favour by saying so!