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Local Novelist Needs Your Help With Her Book Cover

 I need your help Sammamishians. My novel, The Dream Jumper’s Promise, goes to print in a few short weeks, and I want to perfect the cover before there’s no turning back. If you’ll be so kind, have a look at the two similar photos at the side and tell me which one captures your attention better. One uses more of the photo and allows more color on the page but the other leaves more to your own imagination. I’ll wait while you do that...

An initial reaction is absolutely crucial in marketing. Without a favorable one, the book is dead in the water. Now, if you look again, tell me which font you prefer. Does it help to know that the book is a mystery, women’s fiction, a love story, with a dash of the paranormal? (No werewolves or vampires!) Does the tag line “a broken promise has consequences” pique your interest? 

 A local photographer with a keen eye is helping me design the cover-- loricoulsonphotography and this is our final step before going to print. Readers hate to be cheated, promised something by the look of the cover, only to find out that the book has nothing to do with the photo. This cover promises blue skies, a beach setting, a probable romance, and a mystery, (“a broken promise has consequences”). The title suggests a hint of the paranormal, similar to The Time Traveler’s Wife. If I told you the story line, can you tell me if I’m cheating the reader?

The Dream Jumper’s Promise is about a Maui scuba shop owner whose husband has gone missing while surfing and is presumed dead. Without a recovered body, she finds it difficult to move on, even ten months later. When a former love interest returns to Maui, on leave from his posting in Afghanistan, he accidentally discovers that her dreams are clues to the husband’s location. He professes to have the ability to visit dreams, a wild claim she isn’t sure is true. Plagued by her haunting dreams, she must decide whether to allow him into her subconscious, even though he betrayed her years ago, or call his bluff and risk never knowing what happened the morning her husband disappeared.  

The novel is for sale now on Kindle, and will be available in print form in January. Kindle also has a special option for those without reading devices, to download to their PC, or any other mobile app. This book will be available on Nook and all other sites in late February when Kindle releases it from the 3 month commitment in the Kindle Select program.

If you click on the title, The Dream Jumper’s Promise you'll go to the book's Amazon page.

Here’s what early readers are saying. These quotes are taken directly from the Amazon Reviews and it might interest you to know that Kindle novelists are now unable to post a review of another book, whether they know the author personally, or not—something local authors are opposing vehemently. 

This is a little gem. The story is engaging, the relationship between Tina and Jamey builds nicely, the suspense keeps coming, and there are twists and turns that caught me completely off guard. And it all comes with this great paranormal edge. LaurieFree  |  3 reviewers made a similar statement

I am not finished yet, but am guessing I will be staying up late again tonight to find out what happens.... great first book by Kim Hornsby! Eliza  |  1 reviewer made a similar statement

I was hooked by the vivid imagery and relatable characters. G. Frick  |  1 reviewer made a similar statement

" A mysterious skill that straddles the line between paranormal and possible, a woman mourning her husband lost at sea, and the sunny embrace of Maui all come together in an evocative narrative that quickly becomes a real page-turner.' Lisa Costantino, 4 reviewers made a similar statement

The novel has done well in the first two weeks, and I’m looking forward to watching the stats climb in the Kindle standings. My second novel comes out in April with a New York publisher, The Wild Rose Press. I had very little input on that cover.

 If you are a reader of fiction, and you like mysteries, or suspense, I invite you to read my novel, which was an award winner in 2010 in the Cherry Adair Challenge.The Dream Jumper’s Promise

 Thanks for leaving a vote/comment! Kim

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elizabeth December 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Kim- I like the second cover better, but would like the title a little smaller... and maybe in the other font instead. The other font has more energy and mystery to me. One thing I like about the second cover is that the byline isn't so connected to Your Name! It's not about you, it's about the story. I do like the catchiness of the blue too- another reason to make the title smaller--> to show more blue. :) Very excited for you!! This looks Great!
Jeanne Gustafson December 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I vote for number 2 with the all caps font, but you need to add a little kerning between the letters and maybe a bolder font. I'd say a smidge more space between the bottom of the title text and the edge of the water. (I think the first photo has too small a font for the title).
Erin December 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I prefer #2. I think the first one looks more like a romance novel, the second looks a bit more edgy and mysterious. I like the black fadeout edges and larger text that keeps the picture from looking too happy-beachy-lovey. The title text on the first one looks too small for the title of a book.
Bob McCoy December 12, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Somewhat similar to Jeanne, (but) I would level the ocean horizon, reduce the sans-serif font by about a fourth, increase the space (kerning) between characters, go bolder with the font face, and tone down the black, preferably move to a medium to dark blue. Then I'd swap the subtitle and author lines to lower the visual center of gravity, and even up the vertical spacing a bit between the three elements. The page appears top-heavy to me, as it is now. (<:} If you could fit in "NEW!" "Fat-Free!" and "Zero Calories!" and have two ships colliding with a big explosion, too, I believe that would greatly increase sales. Sasquatch footprints in the sand might be over-the-top, though. {:>) It appears that you have a good start on a best-seller. I wish you the best of sales.
Susannah Adam Pryal December 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Bob and Jeanne have excellent points. I agree with cover #2, but the title font doesn't seem to fit. The letter spacing should be wider and the word spacing (the space between Dream and Jumper's) should be more narrow. When you are done with that, you can adjust the kerning and decide on line height. :) The photograph is great and the novel sounds wonderful. I suggest, though that you hire a designer for your cover. All my best!
Kim Hornsby December 24, 2012 at 06:07 PM
thanks so much for your comments! Excellent advice.
Kim Hornsby December 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
thanks Bob! All good suggestions. Except maybe the Sasquatch footprints. :)
Kim Hornsby December 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I agree Erin. Glad you like the fuzzy edges. You'll have to read the book to find out why they are fuzzy! It's a free download Christmas day to the 27th on Amazon.com.
Kim Hornsby December 24, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Thanks Jeanne! After making 27 covers in various shapes and sizes, it's hard to see the forest for the trees. I'm going to tackle the cover next week and put all these suggestions to use.
Kim Hornsby December 24, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Thanks Elizabeth! I appreciate you taking the time. All good ideas. The book is free tomorrow on http://amzn.com/B00AA4FAJC Free Download December 25 - 27. Enjoy!
Kim Hornsby January 24, 2013 at 05:16 PM
okay, I leveled it, added more of the bodies (because I actually want to sell more books and if you look on Kindle top sellers you'll see bodies and a lot of kissing), changed the tag line, made the font white and moved stuff around. With my limited knowledge, I wasn't able to put more space between characters or move words closer. It's just the nature of the font "Tall, Dark and Handsome". However, I'm satisfied that this cover looks pretty good and I thank you for helping! The book is doing well and going free again Feb 1 and 2, if anyone wants to check it out either on their phone, kindle or PC. The kindle app is a way to download it to almost everything! Kim
Kim Hornsby January 24, 2013 at 05:17 PM


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