Last Call for Ugly Covers

This weekend I will be posting the newest ugly covers for our third UC competition. You decide who is the winner by your votes, and I will have to beg Tam, once again, to count your votes and award a winner for this competition. However I need more covers. I have a few …. but I need more, more, more. So bloggers please send me your ugly covers by Friday, October 9.

In case you have forgotten, here are the two previous winners –

2nd ugly covers winner

2nd ugly covers winner

first ugly covers winner

first ugly covers winner

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  • Diane, it’s also sometimes not possible to locate stock photos that actually work or match an author’s descriptions perfectly. I know my cover artist won’t spend more than several hours hunting down photographs. That one stock photo of the guy pointing the gun at the camera is supposed to look that way also…I’ve seen that photo on another cover…with the gun in focus and the guy holding it slightly blurred, which is what the human eye does when looking at something. It’s not a matter of resolution, it’s a matter of the actual photograph having that dramatic effect. And to make the man in the background blurry is logical, since if the first guy is blurry, then how could the background cop be in perfect focus–that would make it look bizarre because the human eyes don’t work that way. I find these “armchair quarterbacking” comments so amusing. Diane, maybe you should apply for a job as a cover artist?

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  • But the cover for Sins of Arrogance negates what the publishers told you. There definitely was some effort to reflect what is in the book. The cover shows two men holding guns like cops over a skyline and the book is about two cops working in the inner-city.

    It is one thing when the cover designer just has bad tastes (like your previous cover winners), but the cover for SOA could have been saved simply by selecting stock photography from this decade and correctly blending the image resolution.

    I realize most publishers are not highly profitably yet and don’t have the money to invest in custom covers based on the specs of each book, but that doesn’t mean the generic covers don’t need to look professional… there are thousands of talented unemployed graphic designs out there right now, so there is no excuse for bad Photoshop.

    (okay… I am burning my soapbox now 🙂

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