Dishing Junk – The act of dispensing ideas of little value in a casual or silly manner.

Ready to talk about some covers? Some Apocalypse covers? Yes! I am. I love cover snark editions, it’s the evil in me. But, really – I wish I could make everyone’s covers pretty. If I was a millionaire it would be my philanthropy.  But, sadly, I’m not a millionaire. Today we are dishing it out for the Apocalypse cover variety. All covers were found just perusing the dregs of Amazon. They link back to Amazon, so technically I’m giving them promos. You’re welcome.

Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of PRETTY holiday romance books. A lot of kissing, a lot of snow.

But…then

‘Tis the season for Photoshopped Santa hats and Christmas presents….and kittens…and bears…and couples that just don’t match…but they share fringe and of course balls.

 

And I get it. It’s hard to find a good image, especially for a specific genre. And the images that are “good”, well…they get overused. Sometimes badly…

So…instead of going the “normal” route – they try something different. It’s hard being different. Most of the time it doesn’t work. People don’t like change. They like what they expect. Props to these authors for stepping out of the box, but really…they stepped in the wrong direction.

What is an author to do? This is a hard game. Stay in the box and deliver generic? Or step out of the box and maybe get pushed back in – told “put it away!!!” Or maybe keep it simple…really, really simple.

And then there are the covers—that just fail. Like this one below, that would be great if the designer understood “constrain proportions” in Photoshop. Shift, transform people. Or, when constructing a pretty cover, make sure when placing text…it reads in the proper order.

So, what is the moral of this story? I don’t know, I haven’t figure it out. Photoshop is hard? Seen any bad covers later…please share.

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4 Comments

  1. Melissa

    OMG! Wow! And I bet these authors wonder why they can’t sell a book.

    Reply
  2. Merry

    Not like the covers you design are any better.

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  3. Wicked Junkee

    Ooh burn. Kindergarten edition. Knowing is half the battle.

    Reply
  4. Jennifer

    Ho Ho Ho my gosh.

    Reply

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