Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Stalking Shadows' New Cover?

Hi Everyone,

I'm playing around at designing a new cover for Stalking Shadows. I want to get it in-line with Scary Mary. Please tell me what you think? The edges of stuff are still rough because this is a mock-up, and there is a watermark over the model's face. I haven't bought the rights to the photo yet. It is the same model as the one on Scary Mary. Can you tell it's the same girl?

Tell me what you think! (And if you can think of a better tag line, share! ;-)

ETA: I also did a quick variation because I forgot that Scary Mary did not have its title in caps. I like the way the caps look, but for consistency, the lower case may be better. Does anyone have a preference?  I omitted the tagline from the cover on the second one because there's no nice place to put it and I don't even know if I want it on the first one.


34 comments :

Anonymous said...

I like the cover on the right :) When will the third book in the Scary Mary series be out? Can't wait!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Anon.

The third Scary Mary should be coming out in July!

Now that I've slept on it, I'm leaning towards the 2nd cover as well.

Anonymous said...

I loved scary mary so much so I brought the 2nd one straight after, i cant wait till July :) I also prefer the one on the right

S.A. Hunter said...

Thank you, Anon2! I think when I update the cover, all of the vendors will push out the updated cover to their customers that have already bought the book, so you should get the final cover on your reader.

Anonymous said...

The one on the right is great! I can't wait for July!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, anon3!

daymon34 said...

I would suggest the second one as well, looks better in lower case.

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, daymon34.

I'm liking that it's unanimous so far.

Anonymous said...

I loved the first 2 books and can't wait for the 3rd. I also would love to see this series turned into movies! I hope there are plenty more Scary Mary books!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Anon4. A Scary Mary movie or television show would be super cool. I hope to write many more Scary Mary books. I can easily see writing about her in college and beyond.

Anonymous said...

Dear S.A. Hunter,

I like the one on the right as well :). The font is very appealing and it doesn't look as cluttered as the one on the left (in my opinion), but I think the cover should maybe have a hospital like background instead, or have another photo of someone in a hospital bed. Cannot wait 'till the next book! If it's half as good as the last one, I'll probably be compelled to create a movie for it!

From, an eager reader, Kelly

S.A. Hunter said...

Kelly,

That is a very good idea. The hospital scene would be neat. I used a wheelchair to represent the story on the website. I don't think there's enough background to make the hospital scene work here with this cover, but maybe I should look up some images to see if I might like something in that direction better. Thanks!

Wolfdogz said...

Definitely love the one on the right best.

Anonymous said...

The cover on the right is better. The tag would be better if you reduced it to maybe "Be scared of the dark"

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Wolfdogz,

Thanks for the input. It's still unanimous then. That makes it simple. :-)

Hi Anon5,

I like your suggestion. I may use it. Even if I don't use it on the cover, it would still be useful in the blurb or back cover on a printed copy. Thanks!

jennifer said...

I like the second picture better,but should it say book 3 not book 2.

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Jennifer,

I'm not sure if you're teasing (If you are, I deserve it.) but, I'm in the midst of writing the third book. I thought it'd be nice to give the second one a new cover. The third book should use a photo of this model as well. I don't know when I'll upload the new second cover. It's whenever I find time. I really want to get the third book done and out in July. That is the deadline I've set with myself, and I plan to follow it I solemnly swear.

Sarah said...

I love the one on the right best. Soon as I get some extra money I plan to get the 2nd one to read. I was hooked the moment I read the first <3

Anonymous said...

I like the cover of the second one. I can't wait for the third Scary Mary book! I bought the kindle version of the first one and instantly picked up the second book. Took me three hours only to finish both. I'm moving on to Unicorn Bait now. I love the Scary Mary books. I really can't wait for the third one. Your books are so well done :D

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Sarah! I hope you like the 2nd one as well. If you like, you can check out the rough draft linked to on the Stalking Shadows page.

Anon, I'm glad you enjoyed the books. You're a super fast reader! I hope you like Unicorn Bait as well.

Anonymous said...

I like the second one more, because design wise, it's not over complicated, tells what it needs to in a short amount of time in which yo try to grab the attention of potential buyers. But for me, personally, just the picture of the face seems kinda bland and makes me wanna basically just draw and create you some fanart and then throw it at you. But as I said, that's just me. Also, love the text, but it's too bright, it can help if you drop down the saturation. That way, instead of the face and text battling it out, they are more like friends helping each other out. Hope that helps. Feel free to ignore me. :)

Sarah said...

Thank you so much! I read the rough draft and LOVE it! It shall tide me over for now. I have to say I love the Scary Mary series as much as I love the Harry Potter series, which says a lot <3

Anonymous said...

Stumbled across Scary Mary... loved both books. Looking forward to book three in July!

S.A. Hunter said...

Anon from Mar.17, Thank you for the thoughtful advice! I was wondering about the text color choice. The picture sort of choose it. The original picture is VERY bright and I had to tone down the turquoise color a lot. I will play around with adjusting the color of the text. I'd looked at it in plain white, but thought it didn't work. Is it the picture composition that's bland? A three-quarter image might have been better, but I have to work with what the stock photo sites give me. Fan art would be awesome. I'd love to look at anything you did.

Sarah, sharing heart space with the Potter is very humbling. Thank you!

Anon from Mar.23, thanks! Glad you enjoyed them.

Sarah said...

You're very welcome. The Harry Potter series has been my favorite books for so long and when I say I love something just as much as it, it says how much I love it. I don't say it often at all.

~Sarah P.~

Anonymous said...

I love the 2nd cover,it also helps to put a face into the name. I love your books, i cant get enough of them.

S.A. Hunter said...

Sarah P., you're very sweet!

Anonymous, thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Well i Think you should do that cover but instead of white you should do it black,because the shadowman had red eyes and a black body. Plus scary Mary is ... scary! Also it would be cool if you had 2 red dots in the black background( if u do change it.)
as in the shadowman was there.

Jess

S.A. Hunter said...

Jess,

The red eyes would be a cool detail. I will play with that. I'm afraid the black letters might be get lost against the image, but I will definitely play with the color. The turquoise is a bit much. Thanks!

Cherie Wardlaw said...

I like the second one. Are you going to continue the series? I really enjoy it.

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Cherie,

I am working on the 3rd book now. I plan to publish it in July. I am still working on the title.

S.A. Hunter said...

P.S Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say im in love with the scary mary series, i finished the first one and immediately bought the second one, i just finished that one and dont know how i will get through till july :-(, i so hope u contiue the scary mary series for a while with many more to come, both books had me from the first page, wish theybwere longer though that way i wouldnt have finished them so quick lol, keep up the awesome writing, you are so very talented, come on JULY!!!!! Lol, or maybe sooner??????please????? One of your biggest fans, amy

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Amy!

I'm sorry my reply is appearing so late. I had read and replied I think, but maybe I dreamt it. You are so terribly kind! Thank you. I'm working on the third book. I'm afraid sooner than July isn't possible. I'm hoping I'll be ready before July 31, but no promises.