Wednesday, November 7, 2012

help me design my ebook cover - please!

I'll let you in on a little secret.  I've written an eBook.

I wasn't going to let the cat out of the bag until it was absolutely finished, but I need of your help.

I'm in an agony of indecision about the cover design, and quite frankly, I'm sick of looking at the darn thing.

This is where you come in.

Help me design the cover!




  • Is it easy to read?
  • Would it catch your attention?
  • What would you change / add / do differently?
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!


41 comments:

  1. ooh sounds exciting.

    The cover is readable, and did catch my eye.

    I like the photo but not sure it convays what is in the book.

    The orange banner is very eye

    Wonder if there are too many colours in the bottom tagline, although the real tag words do stand out

    Is in purely a Parent's guide? - that might limit the purchaser base.

    Good luck

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    1. Thank you :) All good points - I wasn't sure about the bottom tagline but I think you are right. And yes, maybe I should get rid of the "Parent's Guide". Maybe something along the lines of "A practical guide" would be better.

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  2. I'd leave out the semicolon before your name. In fact I'd leave out the 'by'.

    Also I think 'playscapes' is too technical- why not call it NATURAL PLAY AT HOME or NATURE PLAY AT HOME, or if you like the other word NATURAL PLAYSCAPES AT HOME, which would mean you could dispense with 'a parent's guide', and you wouldn't be repeating the word 'backyard' which you've also included in the byline?

    Then you would have room to include:

    author of the hit Early Childhood blog
    let the children play

    followed by your web address.

    Love the colours.

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    1. I think I will get rid of the "parent's guide" business. And I will leave out the semicolon - don't know what that is all about :) I wasn't sure whether to put let the children play on the front but I think you are right there. Thanks for your feedback :)

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  3. It looks grea! love the colours on it especially the orange. i couple of thoughts... these were mentioned above it just for parents or educators too? Also i found the subheadings are the bottom a little hard to read think its was the different colours. other then that i love the photo with the leaves its beautiful

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments - they seem to be a general consensus.

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  4. Love the photo - very 'eye catching'

    Not sur eif you need all he colours in the title
    I con't mind the colours in the bottom title as it emphasises the content.

    I agree with the last commnet - 'purely a parent guide'?
    I would stop to look at the content, for sure.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to give me your thoughts Liz. I am now getting rid of "Parent's Guide"!

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  5. Love it! Though I agree with Crafty Elise, the bottom tag line gets lost with all the colours. I would have the grey text darker so it's easier to read :)

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    1. Thanks Erin - it is a bit tricky to read isn't it. Back to the drawing board!

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  6. I like the color scheme, and the photo. The look on the girl's face makes me wonder about what she's playing - is she a forest animal? That's good for your book!

    I would take all that multi-colored text off the white banner at the bottom, and put [A Parent's Guide] down there. That would leave give the title more emphasis, and make the whole cover a bit less busy, and more striking. if you really want that text, I would make it all the same green as the word [Natural] to tie the page together.

    I agree with Elsie (the comment above) - do you need the word [Parent] ?

    Best of luck!

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    1. Perfect - just what I was after :) Thanks for taking the time to give me your feedback.

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  7. Wow! What a great idea for a book. I think your design looks great overall. The photo is perfect and very eye-catching. I'm in agreement with the comment above- I think you have too much going on with the text in the bottom. What if you made it black and highlighted key words like "simple" and "inexpensive" with your colors (green, orange, red?) That would echo the colors of the text in your title. Also, I'm lukewarm about the khaki background behind your title. I'd be curious to see it in white- might look cleaner and brighter?
    That's my 2 cents! :-) Look forward to the book.
    Susan

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    1. I'm happy you think it is a good idea. I'm luke warm about that khaki too. It does seem a bit bleh somehow.

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  8. I LOVE it! My only suggestion would be to call it a "family guide" vs. a parent's guide. I like all the colors and I think the photo is darling and inviting. I feel like I'm being invited to peek inside a secret world and learn something special or magical! :-)

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    1. I hope you will peek inside :) That's it, Parent's guide is definately gone!

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  9. I love it just the way it is! Very simple, yet colorful. The colors go well together. I love the top tagline, the orange banner, and the photo just as they are. I agree with the previous post regarding the bottom tagline. Maybe if the words you're highlighting were only in orange (or red), instead of the one red and one green word; I think it would flow nicely and be more readable. Overall, I can't wait to see this book out in print!!! Congratulations!

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  10. Sounds like a wonderful book! I look forward to reading it.
    I think the cover overall looks lovely. The photo is fantastic! I agree with the comment above that the bottom tagline has too much going on. What if you try black text with the emphasized colors in red, green, and orange (to mimic your title design?) Also, I'm lukewarm on the khaki background color behind the title. I'd be curious to see how white would look- might be clean and bright.
    Best wishes!

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  11. it's beautiful! I love the colors!

    However, I would darken the text on the bottom to make it easier to read. And, I wonder if it looks to autumn-y - do you need to use greener leaves to make it more all-year-round looking?

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    1. Thanks for leaving your feedback Melissa - will darken the text as it is a bit hard to read. I get your point about the leaves, but I'm a bit in love with the colours ;)

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  12. Hi,

    Looks good - I don't like the banner across the bottom - could that detail be somewhere else ? Also not keen on that collar on the girls top ! Looks like she is decorated in some weird plant...

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  13. Jen, well done you! Fabulous. I agree with crafty elsie and would also add: keep "backyard playscapes" one colour i.e. no need for the red and the orange. No need to have "by" before your name. And with the bottom tagline I would keep all the words you want highlighted the same colour, perhaps the same colour as the word 'natural' in the title. All up though I think it's terrific. I LOVE the image. And I agree with elsie - maybe have "a parent and educators guide" to broaden the purchase appeal beyond just parents. Congrats!! Caro x

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    1. Bless Caro x Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  14. This looks wonderful love the cover it expresses what you are saying well maybe take out the word a parents guide as I could see early childhood educators would be interested in this book

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    1. Thank you for stopping to give me feedback.

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  15. How exciting Jenny to have it (just about) finally done. Can't wait to see it.
    I think the cover is very eye catching..... the word 'naturally' at the very bottom could be a bit of a darker green to stand out like the other words. I agree with 'crafty elsie' that parent's guide could limit the purchase base.
    how about ..... and for all who enjoy creating playscapes for young children....... just a suggestion
    Good luck
    Dianne from Stomping in the Mud Play Group

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    1. Hi Dianne - I'll be sending you a copy x

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  16. I really like it all. I particularly think the eyes of the little girl invite you in as they have an air of mystery.
    Can't wait.
    Best of luck

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  17. I'm sure your book will be wonderful. I LOVE your blog and you've had so many great posts. Congratulations.

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  18. It looks and sounds wonderful, can't wait to buy it.

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  19. I agree with the drawback of limiting it to parents. On the contrary, I find the image is powerful, catching and beautiful.
    While reading it, I've thought: "Oh! I don't have a backyard! I don't even live in a house, but in a flat". Maybe you could change it by outdoor.

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  20. Well, first let me say I'm SO EXCITED!!! When is the expected release?

    Overall looks good. Definitely catchy. I didn't think about it until I read above, but yes - not sure the picture exactly gets the point across, although I think it would be fine to leave it. My only negative reaction was to the bottom. I see why you (?) put those tag words in colour to stand out, but wonder if they might be better all one colour and the grey slightly darker.

    Can't wait!

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  21. Sounds great - I teach pre-K at a preschool with a certified Nature Explore outdoor classroom. Many of our parents would love, love, love a resource like this to help them extend their child's interest in nature at home with land they already own. I also think grandparents would like this book. I like the different colors in the bottom tag line and but I find the gray and green letters too light - maybe a shade or two darker:-).

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  22. I teach pre-K at a preschool with a certified Nature Explore outdoor classroom. I think parents would love, love, love a resource like this to help them extend their child's interest and engagement with nature with land they have daily access to. As a grandparent, I would love this also. I like the variety of colors in the tag line but I find both the gray and green a bit too light - not enough contrast for easy readability. Maybe a shade or two darker:-)

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  23. Agree with above comments. Eye catching and conveys what the book is about with the text really well. The girl is gorgeous but the title really calls for a 'playscape' scene, don't you think? And yes, as a mum who is also an ECE, the parent title would make me wonder whether there'd be anything new in there for me (and judging by your great posts there would be!)

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  24. Agree with above comments.

    Text is really clear and conveys what book is about. As a mum AND ECE though, the parent only title makes me wonder whether there'd be anything new for me in it (and judging by your great blog, there would be for sure!.

    The girl is stunning but I'd love to see a picture of her in a 'playscape'.

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  25. Hi Jenny,
    The cover of a book is meant to catch your attention to the point that you pick the book up. The colours and subject manner you've picked really does...those eyes are beautiful!
    All the best,
    Gaie... from Stomping in the Mud!

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