Book Cover : The Natives

After a long weekend with the Bank Holiday – time to get back to work. So I’ll ease myself in with a nice design for some random person on KDP. This is just me messing about with his book cover because I liked the sound of his novella. You can see the original cover or read the book here.

And here is me messing about with a few ideas:

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  1. Nice looking covers CL! My favorites are ‘In The Clearing’, love the way the sun is shining through the trees, also the title font and ‘Drifting Lands’, love the title font and the rough cut border. Which is your favorite?

  2. Christine Swinson

     /  August 28, 2012

    I like ‘In The Clearing’, as well, but my favorite is ‘Autumnal’. The fonts for both the title and author remind me more of those historic times, and the photo conjures up more of a Native American feel for me. I do think, though, that ‘Clearing’ has a more dynamic and dramatic flair, and could be, for that reason, more appealing to the buyer.

    BTW, this book is currently free and I just picked up a copy. I’m interested in all history (World, as well as American) and I just may well enjoy this. On a personal note, I’ve lived all over the US, but spent the summer of 1971 in Cambridge, Mass. (A wonderful summer, by the way.) I had a VW beetle at the time and could fill it with gas for $2.70. (Fact.) I got roughly 32 miles to the gallon, so I could go forever on less than 3 bucks. Unreal. Anyway, I drove my VW all around Massachusetts and visited most, if not all, of the Revolutionary battle sites. Bunker Hill was, in fact, just a few miles from my apartment. And Lexington and Concord just a pleasant distance.

    There was a famous American Revolutionary major general named Artemas Ward. I wonder if the author is any relation?? (I kind of bet so…)

    On a final note, the ‘Autumnal’ option reminds me of the cover that was on my high school copy of ‘The Red Badge of Courage,’ an incredibly good book about the American Civil War, written by Stephen Crane. Maybe that’s another reason why I like it so much.
    In any event, it works for me. 🙂

  3. Christine Swinson

     /  August 28, 2012

    I just had a good laugh…It isn’t ‘Red Badge’ that ‘Autumnal’ reminds me of, but rather ‘The Light in the Forest’ by Conrad Richter, a novel about (if I remember) the (American-based) French and Indian War, 1754-1763 (known in Europe, of course, as the Seven Years’ War, 1756-1763). LOL! Well, at least I was correct that it reminded me of a book I read in high school!!!!

  4. AuthorWorld

     /  August 28, 2012

    They are fantastic covers! My favourite is ‘Peyote’, i love all the colours & how they stand out & compliment each other.
    Do you charge for cover designs?🙂

    • Christine Swinson

       /  August 29, 2012

      Hi AuthorWorld! I enjoyed reading your comments. Good points! Isn’t it interesting how we all have different favorites on this one? It’s always fun to see what others have to say and to consider their views. 🙂


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