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e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2013

17 December 2013

From book designer Joel Friedlander:

This month we received:

89 covers in the Fiction category
17 covers in the Nonfiction category

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e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for November 2013 in Fiction

Siri Weber Feeney submitted Fatty in the Back Seat designed by Siri Weber Feeney. “NPR essayist Prum had a distinct look in mind for Cuss, the learning-disabled protagonist — 1/2 Puck and 1/2 hopeful that he won’t go to jail in the next six months. I illustrated and designed the cover first for an e-book, then print, too. For teens on the younger end of the YA spectrum.”


JF: Fantastic, it doesn’t get any better than this. An indelible rendering of the main character could almost become a brand in itself, and the unique lettering adds a hand-crafted feeling to the cover. Leaps off the screen, a real winner.

Link to the rest at The Book Designer and thanks to Eric for the tip.

Passive Guy was pleased to see some excellent covers from several regulars on The Passive Voice.


18 Comments to “e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2013”

  1. I always find these really fun to browse. I like Joel’s comments – I don’t have the artist’s eye, and reading his comments focuses me in, so I see it from an artist’s viewp;oint. Pretty cool.

  2. When people ask me about covers, my first advice is always, “Go look at the ebook cover design awards.” Merely perusing the monthly line-ups and reading Joel’s comments–especially when they contrast with what the designer intended–is worth at least a year at design school.

    Make up a list of Do’s and Don’ts based on Joel’s comments, then compare the list to best selling ebook covers and covers you personally like. Do-it-yourselfers and people looking to hire a designer will find the exercise gives them a clear perspective about how to create their own covers.

    Joel’s a peach for doing this.

  3. One of these days Joel will crack and become a shell of a man mumbling “white backgrounds need a border” over and over as they cart him away. 😉

  4. Another great website to learn about effective book covers is LousyBookCovers.com. It takes the opposite tack: what NOT to do for a book cover. The examples are typically pathetic, mind-boggling, and over-the-top hilarious. Like TPV, the comments on the covers are also well worth reading.

    • I love going there, and I always direct self-pub newbies to LBC so they can see what NOT to do. It’s shocking how many people make incredibly mind-boggling mistakes.

      Okay, not that shocking…

  5. I love this feature of his website. I’m a visual artist myself, but graphic design for book covers seems a specialized field. He sees things good and bad that I miss seeing for myself all the time. Especially font issues.

    It’s an education for sure.

  6. Submitting your cover to this monthly contest is always a risk: will Joel bash it or applaud it? Even if Joel doesn’t catch a problem, other commentators might. Earlier this year, I submitted my first fantasy novel, Fallen King. Joel liked the cover and said some kind words, but others quickly pointed out that the “look” didn’t fit the genre. I didn’t like hearing that- but it helped me to realize my error. Its not just making a beautiful cover; its having a cover that sells it to the right customer.

  7. W00t!!!!

    Re my cover for my novel “Chimera”:

    “Great job creating a graphic look that summarizes the themes of the book, well done.”

    Woohoo! Validation at last! I think I will treat myself to a new Adobe Photoshop plug-in.


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