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First Steps [resubmit]

The editor says:

Each story was written to the the theme of “A short fiction piece between 800 and 5000 words, in which the main character is traveling, either in flight or on a journey of self-discovery.” This book is the first anthology of short fiction by members of the Madrid Writers Club in Spain. Thank you for the feedback. This redesign addresses most of the issues well, I hope.



[original submission and comments here]

Nathan says:

Making the title more readable is definitely a good thing. And I like what you’ve done with varying the type size on the two other blocks of text.

I still think you ought to have a subtitle that indicates the common theme, unless you’re planning on only selling to friends and family who would buy it whatever the subject matter is.



  1. Nice job. Just one or two comments if I may…

    The yellow stripe and title are a little lost among all that asphalt. Both could be a little larger without losing the overall effect.

    That still leaves a lot of asphalt, however, which is exacerbated by crowding the subtitle and credit into the top and bottom of the cover. There is really no reason to do that. Their general placement is all right, I’d just move them out of the margins a little more.

    I agree with Nathan that an explanatory subtitle would be a good idea.

  2. Yes, very nicely done. As noted for the first submission, however, you should tell your prospective readers how many stories are in the book, and what kind. Just put something right there under the title like “[Number] Tales of [Theme]” and any customer who sees it will be ready to decide whether to purchase it.

    1. As noted on your equally clueless comment on another cover:

      Covers on this site are submitted BY THE AUTHORS/DESIGNERS to get helpful critiques and feedback before they publish them. Thus your suggestion of jealousy is not only nonsensical, but brands you as an ignoramus suffering from the delusion of competence.

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