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Offline Magnus Hedén

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Re: A fan of minimalist covers but a lover of fantasy
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2017, 07:38:09 PM »
@Magnus Hedén it's a dark, high fantasy epic in which five women attempt to cure and incurable disease and end up resurrecting a primordial goddess.

I hate it when that happens.

Well, I'm happy to read a chapter and dissect, but if you're self-conscious, I'm not entirely sure you want my critique right now. I'm not mean or anything, but I certainly don't hold back. I'm generally told by writers I work with that my help is both very useful and very painful.  ;D
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Re: A fan of minimalist covers but a lover of fantasy
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2017, 01:20:21 AM »
@Magnus Hedén

I think I need someone like that to take a look at my work, but I'm not sure that this is the right time. Would you be open to re-discussing it in a few weeks or so?
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Re: A fan of minimalist covers but a lover of fantasy
« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2017, 04:39:03 AM »
@ThiefofHope I love your design and I would appreciate and enjoy owning a book with that cover, but it would not actually persuade me to buy the book. I choose on recommendation as SFF is vast and I rely on my friends here to  push me in the right way to add to TBR, as I know who has similar taste.   

I can order from US and UK sources so it would definitely influence which paper edition I chose if it was for sale on one and the other cover was less appealing. It could influence my choice between hardcover and paperback, but if it was kindle or audible not at all.  ;D

I always prefer abstract, unusual or minimalist covers, because I appreciate the effort to use art to support the story. Really dislike having the cover filled with one or two persons, presumably the protagonist and either their partner or enemy. To me that is lazy choice by publisher, but I guess it may help sales if they look sexy, bloody, violent or way out weird.

Book cover discussions usually go well here, good or bad. 8)

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/gorgeous-sff-book-covers!/msg151684/#msg151684

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Re: A fan of minimalist covers but a lover of fantasy
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2017, 08:47:31 AM »
@Magnus Hedén

I think I need someone like that to take a look at my work, but I'm not sure that this is the right time. Would you be open to re-discussing it in a few weeks or so?

Yes, that's fine! Just get in touch with me, here or by email (thewritemagnus[at]gmail[dot]com).
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