The Black Swan Inheritance Covers, plus Blurby Fun

Hear ye, hear ye! Well, actually I want you to do the talking and for me to listen! I’ve got a few different concepts thanks to your input last time, so I hope these new covers are a little more exciting than the last ones. Leiah said she liked the glowing feathers and seeing more of the swan. Rosh liked the original picture the best so maybe I should just use that but I can’t help fiddling with things! Bethany advised I work on the font, so I’ve played around with a few different types as you’ll see below. Wlloydjr suggested focusing on the texture of the wings, which I definitely like the idea of as it makes it much simpler, in an ‘uncomplicated and pleasing to the eye’ sense.

I’m still loving the photo, but as far as making it a cover I can’t really commit to any of the ones I’ve made. Leiah said that I should use a cover I’m happy with, but truth be told I just don’t know anymore! Help! Do I go with dark or elegant? I like both! And I think both hint to the story within… so I’m at a bit of a loss.

So I have some covers that are complicated, some that are simple, and I’ve included the original picture too in case people still like that one and want me to stop messing with it!

Black Swan Feathers Cover

Final Copy8Feather Texture

Black Swan

And just for reference’s sake, here’s the first cover I worked on:

Book1_3_without_beakI hope I’ve improved!

 What did you like? What didn’t you like? Whole picture or zoomed-up texture?

Once again, my book should will be released December 1st! This is the current blurb, completely different from the last one I posted:

The striking Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the seemingly pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to cultivated farms, beautiful bushland to violent coastline.

Yet, she always shies away from humanity.

The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo.

Most…

And this is the blurb that I posted a while ago and got great feedback on, but like the lazy busy person I am I haven’t gone back to edit the blurb based on those comments. Well, not properly at least – I did change the last line, and made a minor change of the last sentence of the first paragraph. If you’re interested in reading that post and those comments, you can find it here.

Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well, it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a dark awakening. Turns out Anita’s over-active libido has become more than something hormonal – it’s magical.

The Black Swan is a powerful legacy that brings both temptation and danger. Having now inherited the title and all that comes with it, Anita finds herself beset upon by ancient abominations that won’t take no for an answer. No wonder the Black Swan had been driven to seclusion and banishment in the past. But Anita is determined not to run away – she is here to help, whether the medieval dragon-wolf or the undead cultists want it or not.

She will be no one’s pawn. She will rise to the challenge.

If she can just manage to deal with her own flaws first. Anxiety, panic-attacks, and bouts of bitchiness does not a successful diplomat make.

I should also mention that you can find all the posts to date related to my book under the “Black Swan Inheritance” category. Because I like to believe I have fans 🙂 Hey, you gotta be optimistic when you’re pursing a career in something creative, or anything you love.

To be fair, I will always write, regardless of what the future brings. But since I have the option to self-publish: YEAH! Of course I’m going to try that!

Shamelessness. It is incredibly liberating 😀

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15 thoughts on “The Black Swan Inheritance Covers, plus Blurby Fun

    • You like the gothic one! You know, I loved that one at first but each time I view it my doubts grow. As doubts do ;P
      Thanks so much for your advice! I suppose I am close to finishing. I just need to touch up a few things before I send it back to Leiah for my second pass. I hope it will be done then but she’s advised me it usually takes 5-7 back and forths between her and her clients.
      Unfortunately I’m back at work now and won’t be able to work on it thoroughly until next Thursday 😦

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      • Yup from soireadthisbooktoday.com she’s lovely and awesome, one of those truly kind people. Plus she knows so much more about grammar than I do! And she’s helped me grow my characters and sure up my plot into something more engaging and exciting, which is what I have most appreciated about working with her 🙂

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  1. Awww… I am blushing! Thanks for your kind words, my dear.

    Now, about the cover. The third really plays up the feathers, giving texture and a mystery that is absent in the first two. The second I still think is too stark, not as artistically balanced. You don’t have the inherent ‘mystery’ of the third. The fourth, the one you first worked on, is actually stunning, as I said before. I am still not crazy about the type, though. It doesn’t have the clean lines that the swan naturally engenders, not the elegance. Too bold, it draws the eye and doesn’t let it go, distracting the eye from the underlying beauty of the swan. Clean lines will allow you to show off the cover while still making a point of the title without it overwhelming everything. Try the Allura or Lucinda Calligraphy I sent you.

    I sent you a few more fonts – check out the “You’re Invited” typeface. It is a revival of a 1916 typeface designed by Lawrence Rosa. The “Aspire” has clean lines, while still carrying that “S” that mimics the curve of the neck of a swan. Of the two, I lean more toward the 1916 script for it’s antique flavour.

    Just some thoughts!

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    • Thanks Leiah! And everything I spoke was the truth! I shall play with the fonts once I’m back home (can’t wait!). Oh, the past week was so lovely to plough through that edit of mine, though I was just short of finishing before I had to go back to work on Wednesday 😦 It made me realise how marvelous it must be to be a writer full-time. But I have sent my application in to university, so hopefully I’ll be starting my graduate diploma of education next year! I really don’t want to go back to mines after Christmas. I’m so ready to get out! While I foray into the writing industry, I shall be making a whole ‘nother career change! Hopefully one that will be more fulfilling than going down a dark dank hole everyday…

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  2. Love the curved neck of the 3rd one! Love it! Also, I can buy the book to support your efforts, and if I begin reading it and find it too much out of my self-convicted appropriate zone, I can desist, no big deal. Either way, I shall give it a whirl!

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  3. +++Warning – Personal Opinions Abounding++++

    I like your original cover – minus the heavy font. The font is too blocky and takes too much cover space (just m opinion).
    Of the others:
    1 – to grainy close up on feathers (maybe a better quality picture with more pixels would alleviate that.
    2 – I actually like the black colour of the swan (versus the more blue tone in the other covers) but not as a cut out against stark white. Too start a contrast.
    3 – sorry, can’t recognise what it is supposed to be (i know it is the swan, but it really doesn’t add anything to the cover)
    4 – Yes, good if change the font to something sleek and slender.

    All these are of course just my opinion. it is your book and ultimately you will need to decide. i would suggest looking at other self-published covers to see what you think works and what doesn’t – we all usually feel something when we look at them.

    Good luck with making the choice.

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  4. Since you asked: and I offer my opinion with respect, it is only my opinion:

    I liked your original blurb, made me feel connected to a potential story, with some tantalising snippets, and read like it might be fun.
    The other (second blurb, but first in your post) read like it was a wildlife blurb, based on that I would be expecting a nature non-fiction book.
    Hope that’s helpful is some way., and not too harsh. I can be blunt sometimes. 🙂

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    • Thanks Claudette! No, it wasn’t too blunt at all. I appreciate your feedback & I’m very pleased you liked the ‘story blurb’. I was thinking of using both blurbs, the ‘wildlife’ one in italics at the top then followed by the ‘story blurb’, or maybe vice versa? Something like that. You’ve given me lots to think about – thank you!

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