To Judge a Book by its Cover

As you can see the link to ‘The Editor’s Page’ no longer links to my own WordPress account, I decided it was silly to have separate WordPress accounts for essentially the same purpose and thus decided to start posting on this section of FE’s WordPress.

This way I’m not pressed to make a post with every new update(though I’ve been shirking that fairly hard lately anyway, but at least I’m still editing!). Today’s post I wanted to ask a question and hopefully get feedback from you lovely readers!

Do you ‘judge’ a book by its cover? Do you stop scrolling when a cover pops out at you and then read the synopsis to see if it falls within your parameters for potential reading? I’m asking because we are completely clueless, but as I’ve been researching and reading the cover is a great marketing tool to date. In my research, I’m realizing just how poor the cover for Royal Scales Book 1 is, while I think it’s pretty it is also very amateurish and it shows.

I’ve looked at several ebook cover artists and we’re supposedly working with one for the cover of Continue Online Book 2 but we haven’t heard back in a few days and I’m wondering if I’ll need to move on, if so I need you wonderful readers to suggest some good ebook cover artists, preferring custom work for no more than $200.

Also, my last request tonight is for you to look at the cover on the left vs the cover on the right. Which one do you see fitting Royal Scales Book 1? ANY constructive critiques are welcome, so PLEASE do not be shy and tell me what you like or don’t like, different colors, different setting?

Thank you,


RS1-3                    VS                     RoyalScales V21.22Final


RS1-R2                And                      RS1-FF



8 Comments on “To Judge a Book by its Cover

  1. honestly ?

    for me, the one on the left leaves more a “normal” impression : a detective novel.
    I would expect a thing with drug lords or something: the character of the top brings light to the dark underwoods..

    Whereas, due to the color, the one on the left, gives more of a fantasy/supernatural feeling.
    I don’t know what would be the best theme for a psychological modern fantasy novel…


    • Yes, honesty is always welcome ;)! Oh wow…I totally get what you mean by the left one, I wonder if the coloring changed to the one on the left would that give the same fantasy type impression? We both liked the cover on the left originally but because we’ve been working on getting a cover for CO Book 2 I’m realizing it looks very amateurish(because it is!) where the one on the right looks a tad more professional.

      I agree with you though, I also don’t know what would be best for this type of fantasy book, because we definitely don’t want the typical fantasy book since it really isn’t. Hmmm….thank you, you’ve given me a lot to think on!


      • I think that what is “missing” is something that gives that fantasy feeling… a werewolf ? a vampire ? a shadow of one in the woods ?…

        but that would need much more difficult work on the cover and it would risk to become a bit too cheesy…

        I’m not really good for that :/


      • I know this response is a little late, but I agree with you..which is why “Jay” is added, you’re right though it still doesn’t convey that fantasy type feeling.


  2. I’m going to go with the one in blue.

    Style Ideas:
    1. Shrink the font used in the title so that it doesn’t run as close to the edge.
    2. Center Stephan’s name somewhere away from the edge — could even have a little banner box at the bottom if you wanted with Book 1 of Royal Scales by Stephan Morse.
    3. Give the edges of the image a burned look. Like a burned piece of paper. Or make it look like the whole thing got crisped a bit… have a blackened spot on the image.


    • Thank you for all the suggestions, I particularly love the burned edges suggestion, it’s quite fitting in more ways than one! 😉 Yeah Stephan didn’t like the off center of his name either /sniffles I thought it looked cool lol! I appreciate the feedback though, this is great!


  3. I do some design work…Don’t know if it’s what you’re looking for….but you can email me and I would be happy to send examples


    • Thank you, it’s good to know there are options out there! After writing this we actually came across a wonderful eBook cover artist who did the covers for Continue Online Book 2 and 3 (and is soon to be working on 1 and 4) but I will definitely keep you in mind!


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