Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#1


Hello, everyone! I'm a new author and I'm having a hard time deciding which of the cover arts best suits my story. Here are they:







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Also, I would like help on how to improve my synopsis. I don't know why but I feel like something is missing from it. Currently, it looks like this:

Aryan was a relatively ordinary young man. Apart from his fanatical obsession with games and anime, and a completely crazy mother, nothing in his life could be called unusual. However, one day, the unusual invaded his life as an unwanted guest. In minutes, his life changed forever. Aryan died and was transported to a new world, full of mysteries and adventures to live. Something he only imagined in his most unbelievable dreams.

But his dream couldn't be further from reality. In this new world, Aryan will have to deal with a quest imposed on him by an unknown system.

He will have to become a god.




Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#3
Personally, I like the first cover option the best. The second is good too.

As for synopses or blurbs, I have problems with that as well, so instead of trying to offer advice myself I'll link you a few threads for it:
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/104240
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/8211
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/105338
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/98919
However, what you have looks pretty good already. I've definitely seen worse.

Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#4

Ankur_93 Wrote: Since I don't know what the vibe of your story is, I will tell you my impression of the covers.

1st: Fantasy but with a whimsical feel.
2nd: Utterly grimdark with heart-wrenching content inside.
3rd: Seems like the cover of a poetry book.



Thanks so much! I'll go with the second one! My story is not grimdark though but through your description, the second one seems to suit it better. And for sure I'm not writing poetry. :)

Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#5

Tejoka Wrote: Personally, I like the first cover option the best. The second is good too.

As for synopses or blurbs, I have problems with that as well, so instead of trying to offer advice myself I'll link you a few threads for it:
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/104240
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/8211
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/105338
https://www.royalroad.com/forums/thread/98919
However, what you have looks pretty good already. I've definitely seen worse.




I thought about the first one quite a lot too. Maybe I'll make a poll with my readers for more accurate feedbacks. Also, thanks for the threads! :)

Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#6

HaughtyFox Wrote:
Ankur_93 Wrote: Since I don't know what the vibe of your story is, I will tell you my impression of the covers.

1st: Fantasy but with a whimsical feel.
2nd: Utterly grimdark with heart-wrenching content inside.
3rd: Seems like the cover of a poetry book.



Thanks so much! I'll go with the second one! My story is not grimdark though but through your description, the second one seems to suit it better. And for sure I'm not writing poetry. :)



Happy to help. :)

Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#7
I'm very much of the opinion that the 1st and 2nd one give completely identical vibes. I have the same take away regardless of the colour palette. The only other take away is that the first one looks an awful lot like the Disney castle. On that ground alone I would pick the 2nd. 

And yea. The third one is a pretty minimalistic thing which is popular no a days. I don't prefer it but clearly people do.

On to the synopsis:

Aryan. Big yikes already. Don't name your character that. It has... connotations.

MC is a normal guy, but. . .   This start is overdone but fine. Where yours fails is the follow up. He's not normal because he likes games, anime, and has a crazy mom. These are all pretty normal things. And as character traits they are extremely boring. Not an effective hook.

From there it repeats a lot of ideas over and over and uses too many words where few would do. He dies and does an rpg/game kind story. That is one or two sentences at most.

Outside of all of this, it does nothing to establish what is unique to your story or what your story is about. It's basically just a description of the genre.

Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#8

The Wrote: I'm very much of the opinion that the 1st and 2nd one give completely identical vibes. I have the same take away regardless of the colour palette. The only other take away is that the first one looks an awful lot like the Disney castle. On that ground alone I would pick the 2nd. 

And yea. The third one is a pretty minimalistic thing which is popular no a days. I don't prefer it but clearly people do.

On to the synopsis:

Aryan. Big yikes already. Don't name your character that. It has... connotations.

MC is a normal guy, but. . .   This start is overdone but fine. Where yours fails is the follow up. He's not normal because he likes games, anime, and has a crazy mom. These are all pretty normal things. And as character traits they are extremely boring. Not an effective hook.

From there it repeats a lot of ideas over and over and uses too many words where few would do. He dies and does an rpg/game kind story. That is one or two sentences at most.

Outside of all of this, it does nothing to establish what is unique to your story or what your story is about. It's basically just a description of the genre.



Thanks! In Sanskrit and related Indo-Aryan languages, ārya means "one who does noble deeds; a noble one". So, I didn't even pay attention to the connotations, because I was going on something related to the meaning. About the unusual things that I quote on the synopsis, I'm not talking about his death but referencing something in the prologue. Also, my story is not related to gaming or LitRpg, but I noticed that maybe the synopsis gave this feeling. Anyway, this is the new synopsis!

Arian was a relatively ordinary young man, survival of childhood trauma, and student in a nursing school. Apart from his fanatical obsession with games and anime, and a completely crazy mother, almost nothing in his life could be called unusual.

However, one day, the unusual invaded his life in the form of a meteorological event. In minutes, his life changed forever. Arian died and was transported to a new world, in a different body with memories of its own. Now, he will also have to cope with his mind and deal with a quest imposed on him by an unknown system. In this alternative world, full of mysteries and adventures to live, he received a mission to become a god. But... he just wants to get back home... or not.

And thanks to your suggestion I changed his name to Arian! It will maintain the meaning that I want, and hopefully, get rid of the connotations.

Re: Help with synopsis and cover art.

#9

HaughtyFox Wrote:
The Wrote: I'm very much of the opinion that the 1st and 2nd one give completely identical vibes. I have the same take away regardless of the colour palette. The only other take away is that the first one looks an awful lot like the Disney castle. On that ground alone I would pick the 2nd. 

And yea. The third one is a pretty minimalistic thing which is popular no a days. I don't prefer it but clearly people do.

On to the synopsis:

Aryan. Big yikes already. Don't name your character that. It has... connotations.

MC is a normal guy, but. . .   This start is overdone but fine. Where yours fails is the follow up. He's not normal because he likes games, anime, and has a crazy mom. These are all pretty normal things. And as character traits they are extremely boring. Not an effective hook.

From there it repeats a lot of ideas over and over and uses too many words where few would do. He dies and does an rpg/game kind story. That is one or two sentences at most.

Outside of all of this, it does nothing to establish what is unique to your story or what your story is about. It's basically just a description of the genre.



Thanks! In Sanskrit and related Indo-Aryan languages, ārya means "one who does noble deeds; a noble one". So, I didn't even pay attention to the connotations, because I was going on something related to the meaning. About the unusual things that I quote on the synopsis, I'm not talking about his death but referencing something in the prologue. Also, my story is not related to gaming or LitRpg, but I noticed that maybe the synopsis gave this feeling. Anyway, this is the new synopsis!

Arian was a relatively ordinary young man, survival of childhood trauma, and student in a nursing school. Apart from his fanatical obsession with games and anime, and a completely crazy mother, almost nothing in his life could be called unusual.

However, one day, the unusual invaded his life in the form of a meteorological event. In minutes, his life changed forever. Arian died and was transported to a new world, in a different body with memories of its own. Now, he will also have to cope with his mind and deal with a quest imposed on him by an unknown system. In this alternative world, full of mysteries and adventures to live, he received a mission to become a god. But... he just wants to get back home... or not.

And thanks to your suggestion I changed his name to Arian! It will maintain the meaning that I want, and hopefully, get rid of the connotations.


Every change you made is fantastic. That went from a 0 to a 10 real fast.