Jazz’s Asteroid Cover Improvements

In my last blog I talked about learning to create covers in Photoshop and GIMP.

Well, thanks to the wonderful feedback, I changed the picture slightly.

I then spent the week making changes to the text as suggested by my beta reader (you know who you are and I really appreciated every comment, even if I did not follow though on all the suggestions), typed them in, and printed out. Then one last read through to locate any typos (found 7) and confirmed the format for Smashwords.

It is now loading onto Smashwords, and once through the queue, it will be available on my author page.

So, here is the cover and blurb.

30,000 word YA Science Fiction Adventure

 

Short Blurb:

Fourteen year old apprentice space station tug pilot, Jason “Jazz” Jackson, is accused of stealing the station manager’s pet walking fish, so while searching for evidence to prove his innocence he discovers an asteroid approaching his sector of space, and time is running out. He comes up with a daring plan, based on an unproven theory, to save everyone still on the station.

 

 

Long Blurb:

Fourteen year old apprentice space station tug pilot, Jason “Jazz” Jackson, is accused of breaking rules to rescue a loose steel beam before it breaches the space station and kills hundreds. He then fails an unexpected simulator test, even though he is aware he is the best apprentice tug pilot at the station, so doubts his abilities. When blamed for stealing the station manager’s pet walking fish he looks for evidence to prove his innocence and discovers an asteroid approaching his sector of space, and time is running out. With all pilots evacuating key personnel to the planet, he comes up with a daring plan, based on an unproven theory, to save everyone still on the station.

 

What do you think? Any improvement from previous cover attempt?

 

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8 comments so far

  1. Angela/Curiocat on

    I love it. Good job!

    • djmills on

      Thanks so much.

  2. Lisa on

    Hi Diane, I like the cover. The asteroid looks really good now, I can see that it’s travelling towards the planet and it’s going to have some impact if/when it hits.

    • djmills on

      I had some trouble moving the asteroid towards the middle of the picture to allow more room for the tail, because it looked like it would miss the planet by a long margin, so ended up with a short piece of gases and dust making the tail. Never mind.

  3. ekcarmel on

    Congratulations, Diane – this looks and sounds great!

    I also left you a blog award at http://ekcarmel.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/yes-im-a-procrastinator/

    • djmills on

      Thanks.

  4. J.A. Marlow on

    The blurb sounds interesting. But then, you know I love science fiction. 🙂

    The cover is nice, with your name and title in a big font. Considering you have a nice dark background, perhaps the text could be a little lighter to help it pop off the cover when it’s at a thumbnail size? Although, I do see that you were going for a match of the green on the planet.

    The great thing about it is that you can play with it to your heart’s content. 🙂

    • djmills on

      Thanks for the suggestion as every one helps me improve each cover, but I guess it works OK because it is already selling. However, after I get the first reports from the other sites, I can look at changing it if sales are non-existant.


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