The Guardian of Threshold – Book Cover

I want to publish The Guardian of Threshold before this christmas. So, I decided to go ahead and employ a type of service called crowdsource.

Crowdsource is when you post a project requirements and then lots of people around the world tackle the problem and present a solution.

In my case, my problem was that I needed a cover for my debut fantasy novel. I even tried designing my own cover, but in the end I decided that it was unwise.

"The Guardian of Threshold"

Book One of The Threshold Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For you to have an idea that’s the cover I designed above.

 

Now these are the two finalists from a crowdsource cover design contest.

This was my favorite, but since taste is subjective I wasn’t sure.

After an online poll I found out that people also preferred this one.

 

PS: The text on the back covers are just filler text. It’ll be different in the final version.

 

 

 

 

As you can see the difference between my 30 minute design hack job and the ones above is great.

Another great thing about crowdsourcing is that there are several tools to help you achieve the desired results. For example, after eliminating some less desirable covers I was lost about which one to choose.

So, I created an online poll and asked my friends and colleagues to vote.

You can see the results of that poll here.

I believe that I made the right decision in going with a crowdsource solution, but only time will tell.

I used a service called 99Designs.com I can honestly recommend them. However I would caution against guaranteeing to award too early in the contest. Basically, the way works is this, if at any point you don’t like any of the designs you can have your money back, so satisfaction is guaranteed. However if you click on Guarantee this Design, then you basically committing yourself to award a winner in the end. Before doing that it’s a good idea to make sure you really like at least a couple of the designs already submitted. At least, that’s what I did.

I hope that this quick summary of my 1st experience with crowdsourcing helps others in the same situation as I was.

 

Book Cover Contest

I’m currently thinking about using crowdsource for my book cover.

I came across a site called 99designs, apparently for a fee, dozens of design artists design a book cover and I can pick my favorite.

I haven’t yet made up my mind but it’s tempting, assuming it works the way I think it works.

Here is the link in case anyone is interested in checking them out.

99designs

 

UPDATE:

I ended up using the services of 99Designs, the whole experience was fantastic and the end result was better than I had hoped for.

See for yourself in my updated post here and don’t forget to look The Guardian of Threshold on Amazon starting December 15 2012.

 

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