The Priest (the cover journey IX)

I am proud to present you The Priest’s cover in its latest incarnation:

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The Priest (the cover journey IX)

Cover Frenzy (the cover journey VIII)

Sandro is starting to work on Pax’s cover, but he still has some energy to play around with The Priest’s.

The Final Frontier (aka cover # 15)

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Sandro fixed few little details out of place (a white spot under Mauricio’s ear, and a juxtaposition line on his neck), and I asked for the sun on the horizon. Roberto doesn’t like the sun centered, he prefers it by the side. Maybe behind the City of Men?

Cover 15A

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Different font for the title

Banner#3

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Thumbnails

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My final requests are: Sun centered by the side, my name bigger, and the shadow under the title. And then, that’s it!

Cover Frenzy (the cover journey VIII)

The Final Cover? (cover journey VII)

Without further ado:

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The Other Banner

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As a personal note, I prefer the first one with the tear (dot of the i) on the other side of the eye. But it is still awesome!

The Final Cover? (cover journey VII)

The Last Touches (the cover journey VI)

My editor sent me the last three chapters yesterday, blessed the people who work on Mother’s Day Sundays. At the same time, Sandro sent me the final layouts for the cover and the banner. In less than a month so many things have changed in my life, I have cried and laughed. I have felt the whole spectrum of human emotions between pure happiness, and absolute sadness. My family and my writing are the only constant. Here is something that makes me ecstatic.

The Last Cover (to be retouched slightly)

This is lucky number 13!

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I like everything, I only asked Sandro to play with the fonts to free Mauricio’s eye.

Getting Closer and Closer!

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I like this one better, but I would make the black background bigger to enlarge the title’s font. I also would like to see more of Mauricio’s neck. And probably we have to put back the shadow under my name to make it easier to read at thumbnail size. Or maybe not, I can’t decide.

The Best Banner Ever!

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I absolutely love this banner!

The Last Touches (the cover journey VI)

The Final Countdown (the cover journey V)

Seeing all the layouts together, and scrolling up and down between images has given me a clear idea of what I want to show on The Priest’s cover. Although the last two models were clearly attractive, judging from the comments I received, I disliked the Jacob-looking one, and I thought that the other one was too beautiful. Mauricio is raggedly handsome; he is definitely not a pretty boy.

So I decided to go back to the first Mauricio, and combine two different layouts.

Working on the final cover (hopefully!)

Amazon is killing me. They didn’t do a clear job at explaining what they require regarding the cover’s format. So, Sandro played around with the numbers we found, which clearly don’t make sense, as you can see from the examples below. Anyway, I asked him to try something at  960×1280 at 72 dpi, and let’s see what happens to the cover. For now, what do you think?

First batch

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Second batch

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The Final Countdown (the cover journey V)

Found New Face? (the cover journey IV)

When I thought I had decided for the first model, since I disliked the second immediately (who knows why? But such is the human condition: volatile and flimsy at best), Sandro came up with a third option.

The Newest Hunk

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He is definitely Mauricio. The pyramid is just there to show how the City of Men will be positioned on the final cover. My name screams “Arabian nights”, and it got to go. And the problem remains about the title. I still don’t like the font. There is also something strange with his hand. I would cut that too.

 

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I like the sepia tone of this second layout. I don’t like the faded shadow on top. I love my name. Still, the name must be BIGGER.

 

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Chocolate is nice too.

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I read somewhere that every cover should have a hint of yellow, or blue. Maybe it’s true. I can’t decide. You tell me.

Found New Face? (the cover journey IV)