Show Me What You Mean: Cover Art

You know that feeling when you’re learning a new skill and probably have a grasp of the mechanics but it hasn’t connected to the viscera?

I learn best on my own, not in a classroom or following a structured curriculum. I like to follow my nose hither, thither, and yon, tracking down threads of information that in some way or another add to my body of knowledge.

Gathering the pieces together to be able to publish my own stories has led me a merry dance, I can tell you.

There are lots of resources online. Some free, some, not. (In fact just about every aspect of learning to be a writer/author can be found online, free or not!)

That’s where I ran into Joel Freidlander, over at The Book Designer. Among many wondrous resources, he has this little thing going called eBook Cover Design Awards, where you can see what makes a cover work and what doesn’t. (at least, according to one person) November is up now.

Go ahead, take a squiz. (Aussie slang for take a look) And if you have something of your own to send in, go ahead. If nothing else, you’ll get a whole lotta visibility.

You might not agree with some of his critiques, but if you’re like me you’ll love the thoughtful food.

11 comments on “Show Me What You Mean: Cover Art

  1. That’s a great site! I signed up for his free booklet on self-publishing. That’s one of my goals in 2015. Thanks for the heads-up. Merry Christmas!


  2. jannatwrites says:

    Wow, the design elements are mind-boggling. I had never paid attention to how everything plays together on a cover. Brave people to submit covers for critique 🙂


  3. Erin says:

    I always look at them, but I’ve never had the courage to submit. 🙂


  4. Olga Godim says:

    Fascinating comments on all the designs that didn’t win. Thanks for sharing. I’m tempted to enter my stories into this contest, just to have his critique.


  5. Yseult actually got a positive review from Friedlander back in the day. He hasn’t said anything about any of the other covers my cover designers or I have submitted. I’ve only submitted a couple of the ones my daughter and I did, though.


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