a new look for “lost dogs?”

Recently, someone suggested to me that the cover of my novel Lost Dogs –a story of the apocalypse as seen, heard, and smelled by a dog–should be revised to be more reflective of its genre.

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The current cover was done by my pal and professional artist James Arnold, and while this person greatly admired the vector-art depiction of Buddy, the German Shepherd protagonist, they argued that the background image, with its lush green landscape and blue sky, was too bucolic for a story about the end of the world.

I’ve loved James’ cover ever since I first laid eyes on it, and whenever I’m hand-selling books, I get compliments on it.  Buddy’s colors are blended just so, the fracturing around the edges is an excellent tough, and the eyes–the eyes are what make the piece.

I decided to entertain this person’s critique, and I put together a mock-up of what they suggested the cover should be.  It still use the striking image of Buddy, but the background would now be darker, with a scene of desolation.

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Lost Dogs has hundreds of passionate fans, so I’d like to hear from them.  Which cover do you prefer: the original (let’s call it Cover A), or the proposed new one (Cover B)?  Let me know in the comments, or e-mail me at kentonkilgoreATkentonilgoreDOTcom.

Let’s give it a week, and I’ll let you know the results.  And thanks for your opinion!

 

Kenton Kilgore writes killer SF/F for young adults and adults who are still young.  In his latest novel, This Wasted Land, high-school senior Alyx Williams learns that witches are real when one attacks her and her boyfriend Sam, dragging him off to a nightmare world where Alyx must go to get him back.  

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Kenton is the author of Lost Dogs, the story of the end of the world as seen, heard–and smelled–by a dog.  He also wrote Dragontamer’s Daughters, like Little House on the Prairie…with dragons!  With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Place, a children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.  Kenton also published Hand-Selling Books to help authors better their sales.   

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