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    Quote Originally Posted by JupiterInRetrograde View Post
    I like the girl, keep it. As for the "target" on the dress, it would be awesome had the business world not produced an entity that stole your idea And, lastly and certainly least, one of the "Nicole Kidman" names is spelled "Nicoan Nicole"
    lol @ Jupiter, thanks. I suspect "Nicoan Nicole" is just an odd concatenation of the text lines, the start of Nicole with the end of Kidman. Probably just a copy/paste error.

    @ John, thanks for the suggestions. Skyhawk and Praetorian aren't bad, but I'm afraid Oberon doesn't do it for me ;-) There's a whole mitload of similar bold fonts, so it's largely a question of picking one that conveys the right sense without distracting the reader. I want the title to be immediately readable (some of the fonts I've looked at have some very bizarre characters) without it becoming the focus of the cover. That's a difficult balance to strike. Nulstrike is a fairly clean choice, but I'm still digging around.



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    A quick pass at a new set of covers for the (currently) 4 books in the series.



    I've kept Stop as the title font for the moment until I find something I like better; most of the other bold scifi-ish fonts I've looked at so far are too wide, and I've already had to shrink the size on the fourth book to fit. I was able to layer the woman between two copies of the binary text in order to better integrate those elements.

    I'm not happy with the black block at the bottom, but I needed something to ground the images, since most of them have a reflection that gets cut off at the bottom of the image. I could remove that, but then she'd be floating in midair.

    I did try tinting the white space to match the title color, but I didn't like it as much. I think having the title and the dress being the only colored elements made the covers a bit more eye-catching.

    These are still just experiments, so you still have a chance to get your suggestions and feedback in ;-)

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    And while I'm on a roll, the (possibly) final two books in the series:



    On a related note, do you think I should explicitly number the books somewhere on the covers? The order is listed inside in the front matter, but it may be helpful to the reader to know that there are earlier entries in the series, just in case they're trying to read them alphabetically or something. Perhaps something along the lines of "Jennia Bennett Simulated Crimes #1"?
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    I like the "real" girl on the cover too but the automatic in her hand takes away from the futuristic theme of the stories.

    I don't believe I would number the covers. That's just my personal taste. As a reader listing their order on the inside cover would suit me just fine. As a writer it means a potential reader is at least opening the book and perhaps reading the first page, then the next, then the next....LOL.

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    Unfortunately, there aren't many stock photos of women with scifi weaponry, so I have to make do with what I have. In theory, I could photoshop another weapon in, but that's a fair bit of work, and my artistic skills are not likely up to the task. Nothing's settled yet - I'm concentrating on finishing the book itself at the moment - but we'll see where things go.

    As far as the numbering goes, I'm at least making sure that the Amazon listings make it clear what the correct order is. I find that to be one of the more frustrating aspects of starting series by new authors: trying to figure out which book comes first. I usually have to go by the publication date, which doesn't always work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilfindel View Post
    As far as the numbering goes, I'm at least making sure that the Amazon listings make it clear what the correct order is. I find that to be one of the more frustrating aspects of starting series by new authors: trying to figure out which book comes first. I usually have to go by the publication date, which doesn't always work.
    I make sure to put the series title and number in the title line on Amazon so people know which one it is. Like this.

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    For those of you playing along at home, I've just hit 77k words in the first draft of Simulated Conspiracy, about 15 chapters worth. I'm at the three-quarter mark now, and I'm hoping to get this draft wrapped up in about three weeks or so. Then I can start the polishing, finalize the covers, and get it out in the hands of my adoring public somewhere around labor day.

    The original story outline I did back in February has held up remarkably well, although I've had to shuffle a few segments around. I did have to make sure my usual crop of red herrings seemed plausible and consistent with the evidence presented at the time, and that the actual truth makes actual sense, but I'm pleased with how it's coming along. Now I just need to place Jen in mortal danger again and let her extract herself from that with pluck and determination (with Elise's help, of course). Ah, the joys of creating action/adventure/mystery/scifi stories...

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    Huzzah.

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    Sounds amazing Gil. Hope each addition to the series sells better than the last.

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    lol, thanks all. The advantage of having a series, I've found, is that I can put the first one on sale, and folks tend to buy the others just to have the set (assuming they enjoyed the first one enough to keep going). Eventually I'll hit that critical mass where I can retire on the proceeds from my infrequent sales on Amazon; I figure about 1000 entries in the series ought to do the trick...

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