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Cover Reveal

Posted on: March 27, 2023

I’ve been working on this project for quite some time and finally have a cover to share. This may or may not be the final cover. Let me know what you think.

This is the blurb for You Can Take The Girl From The Prairie

A collection of short stories inspired by growing up on a prairie farm in the fifties and sixties. Some humorous and others sad, but all heartfelt. Stories about family life, cowboy wisdom, immigrant grandmothers, an inspiring teacher, and the arrival of a new sibling are part of this collection of tales from another time and another place. Proof that you can take the girl from the prairie but you can’t take the prairie from the girl.

I am hoping to publish this collection of short stories soon. Watch this space.

91 Responses to "Cover Reveal"

Looks great, Darlene.Well done.

That’s exciting Darlene. And I do like the cover.

Thanks so much, Judith.

Congratulations, Darlene. It sounds excellent.

Thanks, Jacqui. Glad you like it.

Fabulous idea, Darlene. I will be watching this space!

I like the cover but make sure you can read the word “girl” more easily. Right now it’s difficult to read. Also think about the small cover icons on Amazon. Perhaps a different color font for the title would help. Just a suggestion but it’s going to be a great cover.

Thanks, Christa. The sun does shine on Girl. I’ll see what I can do.

Darlene, I am sure anything you write will make an excellent read. But, as far as the cover, I echo Christa’s remarks.

Thanks, Bernadette. Appreciate this.

Congratulations on this exciting new book! I do like the cover, yet the sun is so bright I couldn’t easily make out the word ‘girl’.

Thanks, Jennie. Noted.

Exciting news, Darlene! Looking forward to the release.

Yehaa Darlene! The way to go. I agree with the cover comments. Good luck.

Thank you for the update on your short story collection! My first impression of the cover was that the font is one I often see for science fiction. I echo what others have said about the need for greater contrast between the font and the background.

Thanks, Liz. I’m not keen on the font but the choice was limited. I’ll see what else I can come up with. This is my first venture into self-publishing.

You’re welcome, Darlene. What program are you using to create your cover? Adobe Pro has access to a lot of fonts.

Kindle Create using a picture a friend took that works for me.

Oh, OK. You could try one one of their serif fonts and see if that conveys more of the feel of your stories.

I found one I like better. It’s starting to come together.

Wonderful! I’m very glad to hear it!!

This is exciting, Darlene. The cover is lovely.

Thanks, Anne. It needs a bit of tweaking but I do like it as well.

Fantastic, Darlene. I look forward to reading it. The cover is good, but I agree with another comment in that the sunlight overshadows the word Girl. Perhaps a bit smaller or not quite as bright?

Thanks, Debra. Glad you like it. It has to have sun on the cover as I was raised as a sunshine girl!!

Congrats, Darlene 🙂 Sounds like a collection I’m going to enjoy.

Thanks so much, Denise. I do hope you like it.

It’s a great photo, Darlene, but the bright sun make the ‘g’ of girl less obvious. If you push the text along (insert spaces or do a new text box) it will look just as good to the right of the sun.

Thanks, Steve. I’ll see what I can do. Appreciate the tip.

This sounds wonderful, Darlene – what a lovely tribute to your early years. I love the cover – but agree with others that I think the sun is bit too bright. Also, I think perhaps the font is a bit squarish – you could make it a bit more expressive, like your Amanda books (don’t really know how to express it). Hope you don’t mind. Hugs, Toni xxxx

Thanks, Toni. All tips and ideas are welcome!!

How exciting, Darlene, and I’ll watch for the release. I love the photo, but I do agree with other comments regarding “girl” and Liz’s comment about the font reminding her of science fiction. Congrats on the upcoming publication!

Hi, Darlene – I can’t wait to read this. Please keep us posted.

Hey, this cover speaks to me, being a prairie born and raised girl myself, but do concur with others about the sun’s position.

Thanks, Irene. The sun has to stay but we will fix the title.

Great concept for your short story collection! I always love the “real life” stories the best. Cover is good for the feel of nature and sunshine. I agree with some other commenters that a softer font may be a better match to the content. Good luck to you!

Thanks so much, Terrie!

Well that’s all mighty fine and I hope it progresses just as quick as you want it to.

Thanks. For some reason, I’m dragging my feet on this one. But maybe it’s better that way.

Hi Darlene, this is very exciting. I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books about the prairie. I like the cover but the text is difficult for me to read in white. Perhaps a stronger colour would be better.

I have already changed it to a dark brown and a softer font. I didn’t realize there were a number of options. (Still learning) I hope you like my prairie stories. xo

It is fun fiddling around with colour.

I do like the idyllic vibe of your new cover, Darlene! Readers who know your origins will be elated at your choice of setting.

One more thing: Writers often think that it takes “forever” for a book to be born, including a cover reveal. In your case, Darlene. You deliver fine book “babies” one after another. Brava! 😀

Thanks, Marian. It feels like forever for us, doesn’t it? I have dragged my feet on this one as it will be the first one I have self-published and the learning curve is steep. Glad you like the cover.

My Wednesday’s blog hints at the hair-pulling challenges of self-publishing. It’s hard to remember the pluses: you own the rights, you have complete creative control–when you are pushing the big rock up the mountain. Please excuse the mixed metaphors! 😀

Self-publishing is not for the faint of heart.

This is so amazing Darlene. Congratulations!

How exciting!! Thanks for sharing a draft of the cover. I love the image, but similar to a few others, I found it hard to read the word “girl”.

Thanks so much. I’m working on fixing it. The image will stay of course but the lettering will change.

Love the cover….I get the comment on “Girl”, but really like the picture!!

Thanks, Kirt. I changed it up a bit but kept the picture as it reflects the collection of stories.

I like the burst of sunlight behind the world Girl

Thanks, Dan. So did I but it seems others do not. Playing with it.

What did the old song say? “If you can’t please everyone you’ve got to please yourself.”

Exciting, Darlene! I’m looking forward to reading this. Your Alberta stories remind me of home 🙂

Thanks, Jacquie. I think you might like these stories.

Hi Darlene. Lovely but the bright sun seems to obscure the words girl. Perhaps sharpen up a bit or use darker font? 🤔

Thanks, Marje. I’ve changed the font and made a couple of other changes.

This is exciting, Darlene. I look forward to reading but regarding the cover I agree with the other comments. A couple of tweaks and it will be just right.

Thanks, Georgia. You are the queen of effective covers! I am somewhat limited as I’m just using Kindle Create but it’s coming together.

Well thank you but I get someone else to do mine as it’s something I just can’t do so I applaud you and I know this is going to be great!

Wonderful cover, Darlene! It sounds like it’s going to be a great collection!

Congrats, Darlene! When I saw cover reveal I was expecting Amanda, but this is exciting!

Sometimes I have to do something different. xo

The book sounds wonderful, Darlene. I really enjoy stories about growing up. I have to ditto Crista’s and Liz’s comments about the text being a little hard to read and more geared toward Sci-fi. I know you’ll figure it out though and come up with a solution. Huge congrats on the coming release.

I agree the font needs to be changed. I hope you like these little stories.

I really like the cover, Darlene. But most of all, I can’t wait to read the stories! 😊 ~Terri

Love the cover! It’s a keeper. We’ll be very interested in reading it as it hits close to home!

Thanks, Sue. As another prairie girl, you will appreciate some of the stories.

This may be a little late, but that font is connected to Sci-fi like Dune. You may want to go with a more traditional typeface.

Thanks. I appreciate that. I have since changed the font.

Best of luck, looking forward to reading more. The cover looks great, but the word “Girl” is hard to read , maybe either make the font darker or the background darker. Nice work 🙂

Darlene, it sounds like a marvelous collection of stories. The idea of “cowboy wisdom” makes me smile. I’m looking forward to publication. Hugs.

Thanks so much, Teagan. My dad had tons of Cowboy Wisdom.

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