Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Funny How a Font Can Make So Much Difference....

I have news.

When Collin and I first signed with Creativia, it was only for my backlist books. Since they were first published in the '80s-'90s, the manuscripts were either typed on my old electric typewriter or saved onto the old floppy discs that don't work in today's computer equipment. That meant they'd have to be a. completely retyped, b. dictated and converted to text or c. scanned and converted to text. This led to some major frustration when we published the first three in digital format, so we jumped at the chance to have them re-published through Creativia.

At first, I wanted Collin to continue to design the covers. The covers we were shown were pre-fab and I was unimpressed. But the custom designs for Alexander's Empire, as you can see, are another story. Collin and I are both quite pleased. Now to choose a font....

By mutual agreement, Creativia will be publishing all of our books, with the possible exception of the novella length stuff. I haven't discussed that with Miika Hannila ( our publisher) as yet. But I'd be happy to have them publish those as well.



23 comments:

  1. Font really does make a difference!

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    1. It really does...unfortunately, my first choice turned out to be the one that's unreadable as a thumbnail!

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    2. Tim has to deal with thunbnail images for his covers as well.

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  2. How on earth will you chose Norma?

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    1. We've already chosen...but I'm not telling until I see which one gets the best response here!

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  3. The last and second last stand out most to me.

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    1. The second last was the one I initially chose...but in thumbnail size, it's unreadable.

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  4. I like the second one but they are all nice.

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  5. I like the second one. I thought your name stood out better than the others, and I like the little loop on name of Alexander. Not overly lavish, but just enough. Can't wait to see which one you chose.

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    1. That's the one it's going to be...Miika and Collin both preferred it, and when I realized the one I liked didn't work, I had to admit they were right.

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    1. This is what I meant to say!

      I don't like your name in black because it doesn't show up. I think your name shows up best on the second one.

      I like the title best on the last one because it's easily readable.

      But I'm horrible at styles and things!

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    2. You're right about that, Cheryl. In the thumbnail, it disappears completely.

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    3. My vote is for the second one from the top, as well. It looks clean. Easy to read, and it conveys the most information, quickly.

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  7. Font style and size, is a huge problem.
    I would have chosen the last one.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. For books--these days, anyway--it's not only about the physical cover, but that tiny, all-important image that appears on the product pages of sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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  8. I also prefer the second one - something about that loop pulling it all together, with a hint of mystery not found in history books -- but the last one was also interesting. Am returning later to explore Perth more. We have British friends who've been several times because their son moved there. My eyes popped when I saw my book and your link to my post. THANK YOU! Thus far, I've lost two followers, not as bad as I thought it would be and a reaffirmation of my faith in humankind.

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    1. You're most welcome, Kittie!

      I just read an article about how a lot of bloggers have not only stopped blogging but stopped following blogs as well, I suspect a lot of writers got into it to increase their own following, only to discover it didn't work. Losing two followers isn't bad, compared to what some bloggers have lost. You're doing pretty good!

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