Need ideas on cover for “Annie’s Story: Blessed With A Gift”

A painting by my mother, an incredible artist (oil painting 18x24-inch on canvas). The forest is integral to Annie, who is based on a past-life regression. In essence, I am Annie!
A painting by my mother, an incredible artist (oil painting 18×24-inch on canvas). The forest is integral to Annie, who is based on a past-life regression. In essence, I am Annie!
I think I have eliminated this design, a photograph, because it may look like a children's book, which this historical novel definitely is not. Very spiritual and accurate to the timeframe. A very difficult time in Colonial America.
I think I have eliminated this design, a photograph, because it may look like a children’s book, which this historical novel definitely is not. Very spiritual and accurate to the timeframe. A very difficult time in Colonial America.

I hope to get some comments on both covers to help me decide which is the right look.

Feel free to contact me at livinginashadow@outlook.com with suggestions and if you want more information about the book, which should be available early in 2016, or add a comment to this posting.

I know I have wonderful friends and fellow bloggers who will give me creative feedback.

Thanks! Deborah A. Bowman

20 thoughts on “Need ideas on cover for “Annie’s Story: Blessed With A Gift”

  1. Deb, what happened to the cover you sent me over a month ago? Where are the fairies? The background in the 2nd cover looks like the same forest, only now it has a child and a moose? elk? on it? Your mom’s painting is gorgeous as the forest is similar but beautifully rich colour. And still, I feel as though there’s an element missing from it? Could it be the fairies?

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    1. I think that’s why I’m having such a problem. I really liked the fairy magic pic, but some people thought it looked like a children’s book. I haven’t ruled that one out yet. Annie is definitely not for children. I didn’t feel that way myself. It portrayed how Annie sees world, but so does the dark forest. There is beauty and magic, but also cruelty towards people who are different. It was a time and place of suspicion and fear.

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  2. I personally prefer the second version, though the colour is faded–and I take your point about it resembling a children’s story.
    On the other hand, the first version, though vibrantly coloured, gives me no inkling of colonial difficulties. Could you perhaps include a colonial image to funnel the potential reader’s thoughts in that direction, such as flags, weapons, or uniforms?

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      1. That cover stood out immediately and yes, it looks very mysterious. Thank you so much, Deb! You are one of my inspirational sparks too 🙂

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  3. The forest cover is the better cover but something is missing and I don’t fairy is the answer. Perhaps something that is pivotal to Annie. If you audience is adults you need something to draw us into the story of Annie.

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  4. I like the cover with the painting by your mother, not only because it’s personal but also because it’s a very attractive cover. Others have commented that something is missing. I’m wondering if you might just position the text differently. Right now the yellow text above your name doesn’t work. I can’t read it. Also you might want to play with the size of the text and, in my opinion there’s too much space between the title and your name. Hope this helps. 🙂

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