Bellerophon Cover–What Do You Think?

Proposal-2017-1214-PPB-Cathleen-Townsend,-BellerophonThis is the year I start getting through my embarrassingly large stash of written, revised, but unpublished novels. I talk about them from time to time–the current roster is eight novels (plus one stalled, unfinished), one complete short story collection (plus two partials), and the novelette I’m currently working on…

Aargh! I have to stop dithering. I don’t know if my books are really good enough–and I never will until I publish them. It all comes down to reviews–ones from actual readers–in the end, anyway.

Apropos of this terrifying resolution, I’ve booked my cover appointments with Deranged Doctor Design, and this is the first novel cover we’ve come up with (my artwork, their cover design). It’s not approved yet, so the time to make changes is now. Contrast can be amped, lettering can be moved–lots of elements are still fluid at this point.

So, what do you think? Do you like it overall? Do you think it would appeal to noblebright fantasy readers? Does it look like a Greek hero tale? Do I need a subtitle, or do the words and image say enough? (It’s a stand-alone, so I don’t need a series subtitle.)

Also, if anyone actually wants to read the book, please let me know–I cheerfully trade advance copies for people who intend to review if they like the thing. You’re also welcome to leave critical reviews if you think the book deserves it. Hey, inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

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21 comments on “Bellerophon Cover–What Do You Think?
  1. jenanita01 says:

    That cover is lovely!

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  2. balroop2013 says:

    I like this cover Cathleen… the expressions of the Greek hero and the horse’s eyes need a little improvement. The colour scheme is perfect!

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  3. It’s lovely, Cathleen. I mirror Balroop’s feedback. Perhaps a little more clarity. I’m not quite sure. I just know that I’m drawn to the eyes of subjects on visual art. They tend to convey so much emotion.
    This is a moment of celebration. Cheers to you! 🙂

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    It’s perfect 💜

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  5. JM Williams says:

    Cover looks nice! Good luck on getting those other ones done.

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  6. The cover is very nice, Cathleen. My only comment is that it is quite “girly”. I am not sure who your target audience for the book is but my boys would be put off by the cover. I don’t know if this is helpful or not.

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    • Thanks, Robbie. Something to think on for future palette choices. My audience (going by newsletter subscribers) is mostly female, so that may not matter that much, at least right now. I don’t think my books are particularly feminine, but maybe it’s just having an openly female author name. *insert shrug here*

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      • You may be right about that, Cathleen. I have an openly male name and people are always surprised that I am female.

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        • Actually, I’ve really taken your advice to heart. I ran a thin translucent layer over the whole thing in burnt sienna, and it’s toned down the possible “My Little Pony” feel. I’m going to touch up individual parts, too, to mellow some of the purples and blues.

          I think it will make a better promise to readers this way–I’ve written a Greek hero story, not a typical MG girl’s fantasy.

          So I owe you big! Thanks Robbie, so very much. 🙂

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  7. Tina Frisco says:

    I love the color scheme and layout, Cathleen. I would make both horse and rider look determined, perhaps a bit fierce. Example: Horse with flaring nostrils; rider bent down, closer to the horse’s neck, and looking stalwart and resolved. Overall, the cover is very engaging ❤

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