Battle of the Pixels

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Why the obsession with cover designs? Because I learned the hard way that before the book is done, you gotta think about how to market it. In fact, it’s best to consider the cover/blurbs/marketing before you start the book. Since Curse Breaker: Faceted is a crossover novel, it will lead right into both Curse Breaker: Haunted and Ride the Darkness. Ride the Darkness is the first book in a related series. So I need a visual and marketing direction for it. No pressure right?

Oh, and I am re-editing and re-releasing Curse Breaker: Enchanted. So I need a punched up cover to go with my faster paced, more epic plot.

So back to my cover dilemma.

Yesterday, I put up two designs. Check them out here.

Today’s batch includes a new design for Curse Breaker: Enchanted because yesterday’s design was too thriller since the book is epic fantasy. So I went back to photoshop and engaged in epic pixel battles. Here’s what I came up with:


(Drawn from my fav scene in the book which I took up ten notches on the magical/cool meter.)

Some additional cover designs for Ride the Darkness and subsequent books in the series:

I need to work on the typography. Not happy with the layout of the text in these, but typography is secondary. The visual centerpiece of the design needs to hang together before I dive into that. The idea I introduced yesterday seems to work. I will tone down yesterday’s design since it works across different covers. I like the purple one best but she is one of my fav characters.

Right now the series will be:

  1. Ride the Darkness (Anurevin’s story)
  2. Search the Stars
  3. Attracted to Starlight
  4. Untitled as of Yet (possible crossover, my characters are plotting something but they are not divulging details yet.)