Dark Crossings Cover Winner
Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the Dark Crossings Collection cover contest we were holding at 99 Designs.
Choosing one cover from these three was VERY difficult.
As divided as we were, we noticed that YOU were too.
I was hoping that one cover would win out universally, to make our decision a bit easier. While some people loved covers 2 and 3, others loved how different the first cover was. Commenter Chris Kohout even called 1 “iconic.”
And I agree.
But in the end, opinions vary wildly, and we had to choose just one cover.
The cool thing is that most readers agreed that all three are great designs.
Without further ado, here is the winner…
Now, why did we choose this one?
Initially, our early favorite was Cover 3, the dark one with the crow and moon. It’s a beautiful image.
But when we saw cover 2, and its very different color scheme, it popped in a way that just stood out from the pack.
While the first cover ALSO popped, and is damned beautiful, we felt 2 was a perfect blend of a brooding darkness and a brighter color scheme than we typically do, which will look great in print.
Romantic thriller author, Trish McCallan echoed our thoughts in her comment:
“#2 for me, it’s fresher, has more of an eerie/weird vibe and the colors would pop in thumbnail on the distributors websites. There are so many covers with dark backgrounds, the yellow/orange would really stand out when readers are scrolling through the websites.”
Here’s an early mock up of the print version, which REALLY helped sell us.
While that’s a hardcover mockup, and the print version will likely be paperback, we still think that looks like a damned handsome book to hold in your hands.
The Dark Crossings Collection will also be available in e-book version, of course. We’ll have a publication date for you soon.
Thank you for helping us choose the final cover! You helped us make a difficult choice a bit easier.
Did you enjoy this behind the scenes look at the cover process? If so, let us know, and we’ll include you in the next cover decision we make, whether it’s covers that I design, or ones that we hire a designer for again.
As always, thank you for reading,
Dave (& Sean)