Rumpled ebook Cover – Your Opinions

I’ve been reading a lot about self-publishing ebooks lately as I slog through APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur and Publishing e-Books for Dummies. A few months ago I made a “final” decision about the cover for my retelling of Rumplestiltskin, Rumpled, but I’ve been second-guessing myself and overthinking it. So I’ve decided to open it up to “crowd wisdom” with a vote on the following designs, all of which come from artist Krystl Louwagie.

Cover 1
Cover 1
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Cover 2
Rumpled Cover
Cover 3
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Cover 4

Some of the covers have different taglines than others; please disregard those and consider design elements only (color, font, illustration, etc.) when you vote. You can click on the images to see them bigger, but it’s important that the cover look good in small scale, since ebook covers are often displayed as thumbnails.

9 Responses to “Rumpled ebook Cover – Your Opinions”

  1. G

    I think 3 by a country mile. The title and strapline pop out, and the black plus the colouring of “power” and “beauty” helps to create a sense of intrigue and a driving idea. I’d bet readers would be more likely to remember your name from this cover, too.

    In 1, the title doesn’t pop out enough. It looks great in 2, but the colours are very bright, and the eye isn’t drawn in an attentive, logical way like in 3. In 3, you have four items (including the picture), and I want to get a proper look at each one, and it’s comfortable to do so–the colours are contrasting but not overwhelming, and each item is distinct.

    4 is quite abstract! If adults start buying it, some version of this might make a good reissue cover.

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    • Lacey Louwagie

      Thanks so much for your feedback. Interestingly, #3 was my first fave as well; then, based on the opinion of someone I value, I asked for some variations. When I did so, the artist predicted that after all that, I’d probably prefer the original anyway. I am starting to lean in that direction. I need to remember that one opinion is just one opinion … which is one reason I’m getting *more* opinions. :)

      I find myself increasingly drawn to #4, perhaps just because I haven’t looked at it as much. The age demographic for the novella is 14+, so I think it will appeal most strongly to YAs but probably adults who read fantasy, retold fairy tales, and YA as well.

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      • G

        With that clarification of the demographic, I feel even more strongly that #3 is the best choice. I think the first two are a bit younger; #4 is visually intriguing but lacks the strapline and won’t give the uninitiated an intriguing idea of what it’s about. I think “power is more useful than beauty” will communicate to young readers that here we have a book subverting the fairy tale norm. I think the illustration is easier to connect to the Rumpelstiltskin story than #4’s.

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      • Krystl Louwagie

        I’m not sure if I agree with the other ones being more YA-it does look a bit anime-ish, which is YA, but it also looks a bit Disney/fairy tale book/illustration-ish, and I feel like YA might think it looks to “childish” because of that. I feel like some YA might want to distance themselves as much as possible with what they’d be more attracted to when they were younger. #4 seems more “hip”, “modern” to me-I think that’s why I like it. The other one seems more old fashioned.Or maybe I just really like the simple, unclutteredness of it, and I really like silhouettes and outlines. But it feels more edgy to me.

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  2. Krystl Louwagie

    My favorite is still # 4, but I seem to be in the minority on that one. :p

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    • Lacey Louwagie

      That one has really grown on me a lot, too. As of this comment, it’s only got one vote, though — and I’m guessing it’s yours. :)

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      • G

        It’s my personal favourite, but I have my marketing head on. I’m not your target demographic.

        The “upset” lettering and the hearts create a lot of intrigue, but I think it’s too abstract for most teens. The way R is superimposed on her, plus her statue-like lack of arms, gives it a kind of postmodern feel, which makes me think of adult reissues. When everyone’s familiar with the word to some extent, you can riff on it and do something more sophisticated.

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  3. G

    *familiar with the work*

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