january-cover-displayHappy First everyone! For me, the first has become book cover bracket day. Last month, the bracket was a lot of fun, and a bunch of people seemed to enjoy it, so I was more than happy to keep the bracket going.

If you’ve been following me on Facebookyou’ve seen that every day this month, I’ve been posting covers. These all have something that I felt at least worthy of mentioning, or I simply thought they were amazing.

I think January’s bracket is even stronger than December’s. Let’s cover a few possible notes.

First: Hey…Isn’t one of those the cover to your book?

Yep.  It is.  For starters, it’s my bracket, so I sort of have privilege. Also, I honestly feel it’s a strong cover.  You see…I pride myself on my ability to critique and analyze imagery, so it’d be a little weird if I didn’t think my own cover held up.  That said, I promise (you’ll have to trust me on that) I won’t vote in any pairing that includes my book. I’m egotistical enough to put it in the bracket, but I will at least recuse myself from actually being self-indulgent enough to vote when I know my own bias.  That brings me to my second note.

Second: I’ve tagged all the writers for the books in WordPress as well as in my Facebook post. I hope they and their readers support them. However, please do your best to vote for the best cover. This isn’t a book competition (though that brings to mind some fun ideas); it’s a cover competition. Also, please vote based on what you feel is honestly the best cover. If you had to pick one book, which one would it be? I love competition like this, and I hope to have as many people participate as possible, but I’d be sad to hear anyone is simply stacking the deck and voting for his or her own book. Vote because it’s the best cover, and only for that reason.

51bt8kddqelThird: What’s A Throne of Bones doing there? Didn’t it lose last month?

Yep! But there were only 31 days in January, and I needed a 32nd book. To me, the most fair thing to do was take the second-highest vote earner from last month and put it in here “Double Elimination” style.  I’ll be doing that for all relevant months. That means this month’s winner goes straight to my “Book Cover of the Year” file, and the next four runners up (because February has a funny number of days) will get a second chance. It’s the most fair way I could think of to ensure a full bracket.

Fourth: Why isn’t it working?

Are you on your smart device? I’m told this bracket isn’t friendly to cell phones. I have’t heard anything on tablets just yet. I’m sorry about this, but apparently Brackify isn’t quite smart phone friendly.  I’ve let them know, and they tell me they’re working on it. That said, if you do get things done with a cell phone, please let me know.

Now for the details: The first round will last from today until Feb. 8.

The next round goes from then until the 15th.

The Elite Eight goes from the 15th to the 17th.

The Final Four will go until Feb. 19.

The Finals will end at midnight Feb. 19 (so there’s only one day to vote!)

Please vote, and vote in each round. I’d love for this to take off because I love competitions, and I love discussion. So feel free to comment on winners and losers.

Without more ceremony, you can go here to vote!

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7 thoughts on “Book Cover of the Month: January

      1. I couldn’t choose a favorite with so many to choose from, but the Peace Keeper, Upside Down, and Tested by Magic stand out! The first is simple yet bold, the second clean, and the third looks like a Tarantino poster. As for least favorite, Metamorphosis doesn’t do much for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of those sorts of sci-fi covers. Thanks for hosting this!

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      2. Of those three, I’m personally the biggest fan of Upside Down. Such great use of line, color and composition. It’s truly beautiful. Also, love anthologies. Heck, eve if it doesn’t win, I might still buy it if my TRB pile allows.

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  1. Dominion’s cover was hand drawn by my 19 year old daughter… I’m partial but I would like to point out that it is Hand Drawn! In a modern world where majority of art is now done on computer digitally this one was not and that should count for something…. Btw how do we vote??

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    1. That’s easy. Just click the link in the original post above. I’m told voting from a desk top or lap top is easiest, but I’ve voted from my phone without issue. Some have had trouble doing that though. Your daughter has talent. I’m glad I was able to help draw some attention to her work.

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