More Covers…

Following on from a previous post about covers and gender, I had another look at some of mine. I suppose the main ‘target audience’ for Hope’s Daughter is female, young adult, and so the cover was geared towards my taste and ideas, and more than likely a more ‘feminine’ style. (Any blokes who can offer insight as to whether it is girly or not, in their opinion, would be appreciated).

I don’t think it’s overly ‘girly’ – but the focus on the Earth and female eye are quite pretty, and the plain white background (in my head reminiscent of the white world she lives in) possibly leans away from darker, masculine elements you tend to find in covers elsewhere. One thing I did want to do in designing the cover was down-play the sci-fi setting, as it is not a sci-fi book in the traditional genre sense, just set in space.

The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, although told from a male perspective, is primarily aimed at the same audience. The cover is a direct reflection of the first – to reinforce that it is a different side to the same story/timeframe – is this girly? Or are both books on the borderline, gender-neutral? I’m feeling all confused, tbh.

As a bit of an experiment, I played around with the covers – not major changes as I didn’t want it to take too much time. But, I started with the idea that Balik’s story comes first, and how it might be different…any thoughts?

RMT - Cover - 5RMT - Male Test

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3 responses to “More Covers…

  1. I like the first one. It’s a good mirror of Hope’s Daughter. The second one looks like a Twilight variation to me. Also, didn’t Malorie Blackman do something like that for Noughts and Crosses?

  2. mel

    You could well be right – I just grabbed a couple of images to play around with…

    I think – overall – masculine, feminine or otherwise, I’m pretty happy with how the book covers have come out for the series. I found it hard working out what I would have done differently, as the covers have been reasonably fixed in my head from the beginning.

  3. In the first book, the main character is a young female, so your cover is right for that Mel, haven’t read the Rainbow Maker’s Tale yet 🙂

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