Charity anthology to raise money for Guide Dogs – Book cover

As loads of you who follow this blog will know, I am, with the kind contributions of fellow authors/bloggers compiling a charity anthology to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind association (

The Story Reading Ape has very kindly agreed to design a cover for the anthology free of charge – thank you Chris! I would be grateful for feedback on the proposed cover together with comments regarding the suggested title for the anthology.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the anthology and to David who is kindly editing the book without charge.


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29 thoughts on “Charity anthology to raise money for Guide Dogs – Book cover

  1. roughseasinthemed

    I love the photo of you and your dog. I’d crop out the person next you.

    The crossword style title is very difficult to read and distracts from the powerful image of the photo. I’d suggest a totally different layout of text avoiding going over the main subjects.

  2. Kev

    Can we crop the photo… ah, I see Rough has already mentioned that. I agree. Crop the person next to you that should bring doggy face to the forefront. The title is quite creative, but I would change the colouring. The short tales anthology part could be put sideways… running along edge of book in small black font? Sorry guys, I’m becoming a control freak, aren’t I? All in all, I think the whole focus should be on the dog… Actually cropping both sides off and just having Kev and (I forget you dog’s name… shame on me!) should naturally enhance the pic somewhat. πŸ™‚ Just suggestions guys. πŸ™‚ Thanks Chris for contributing your free time and effort to making this cover. It is greatly appreciated mate.

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Many thanks for your feedback Kev. Not being able to see the photograph myself I will allow a consensus to develop as to how the cover should look as I am, quite literally in the dark on this one, (although Chris did provide me with a first-rate description of the cover he has produced, thanks Chris). The dog’s name is Trigger. He is, obviously the handsome one … Kevin

      1. Kev

        Aw, cheers Kev. I couldn’t for the life of me remember Trigger’s name… age creeping up? lol. I love the pic. I’ve suggested to Chris about the title. Something like, Let Me Guide You or I Will Be Your Guide. πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking this constructively Kev. πŸ™‚

  3. valerieormond

    Hi Kevin and Chris,
    -I agree with the above comments about cropping out the other person, providing more focus on the dog, and making the words easier to read.
    -May even consider doing something interesting with the word “Give,” since this is a charity anthology and is therefore a double meaning with “give” regarding the freedom and the “giving” related to the book.
    -Another idea would be to have the dog really big, for instance, if his face took up the entire area where Kevin is now.
    -Sorry, but I find the phone in Kevin’s hand distracting.
    -Another idea would be to have Kevin featured on the back, with a small bio and background about the anthology, rather than on the front.
    -I love the title and the byline.
    -The font for Short Tales Anthology should be the same size for all three words.
    Thanks, Chris, for doing this – you are such a “giver.” And thank you, Kevin, for bringing this project to life!

  4. Ali Isaac

    I would say the text is obscuring the main focus of the image which should be the dog. Also, its quite difficult to read the title. I agree with the other comments, crop the other person out of the image.

    I really like the guide dogs give freedom message. Good luck with this book!


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