Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What do you think?

Yes, it's that time again. I need help! First of all, Mrs. M is happy to report she received plenty of stories to run the contest this year. In fact, all of the stories have been read (by me!) and formatted to look exactly alike for the judges (so they can concentrate on the story and not try to figure out all the fonts, line spaces, and--in the case of the younger kids--when a paragraph begins and ends. I took care of that on behalf of all the contestants.

Well, one of the judges put forth the idea that the original (this year's) cover looks way too much like last year's (okay, well, it does, I guess). She suggested a brighter, happier tone, so *clears throat* here is your chance to weigh in. Two covers. Two titles. Only one can "win." What's your pleasure? Simply vote in the comments section. I'm not going to get too formal with a poll. It's been a super, super busy last week and this week, as probably 75% of the stories came in over the course of three days, and I was out of town. So, forgive me for not posting. I do have a fun post for Photo Friday coming up. Stay tuned!

Anyway, which one do you like best for this (final) contest cover?
(Yes, I'm thinking of taking a year off from the contest after this one.)

NEW ONE PROPOSED TODAY
ORIGINAL from LAST FALL

 

32 comments:

  1. Well, I really like the original one because then all three of the books would have the silhouette-theme on the cover.
    But I LOVE the new one!! It's so super pretty! :)

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  2. Me too... I like the Original one... then all 3 would look the same.. but I LOVE the new one (as Jesseca does) so... I'm really not sure...

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  3. I just really don't know... I love both of them... my sister likes the golden one better (the new one)... Wow! This is a hard choice... Hope you can decide!

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  4. I think the new one is very pretty BUT I also think that Along the Western Trail and its cover fit much better with the previous two books(like Jesseca said).
    Both are good though! Have fun choosing!:)

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  5. I really like the new cover. It is bright and happy and so positive looking.

    Colleen

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  6. I like "Tales of the Golden West" best! The cover is so pretty and tranquil looking! :) That is too bad you're not going to do the contest again. I had a lot of fun the year I entered.

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  7. I like the new one personally.
    But otherwise I'm okay with it either way.
    F.M

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  8. Personly I think you should go with the old one. The new one is really nice but it doesn't match the other two and would look a little our of place in my opinion.... Whatever the cover I'm sure it will look nice ;-)

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  9. Tough choice but I think I have to go with the new one!

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  10. I think I'll have to go with the old one. Definitely fits with the theme of the last books!

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  11. I think the new one is very pretty, but I think the old one fits better with the other books :-)

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  12. I really like both but I'd have to say I like the new better. It's so pretty and peaceful looking!

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  13. You guys are making it really, REALLY hard for me to decide.
    Guess I'll have to flip a coin? :-)

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  14. What if you used the old one to finish off this "trilogy" and then take a year off, then when you start again, use the new cover...? What about that?

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    1. That is a really, really great idea! Thanks. I think I might do that. *wipes brow in relief*

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    2. Haha! :-) Thanks! Please let us know which one you chose!!

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    3. Oh, YES!!! Wonderful idea! I really like it! I think the trilogy of contest books would be really nice if they all looked sorta the same. :) And that way the new cover can still be used. . . it's too pretty NOT to use sometime!

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    4. I agree too!!!
      Hannah M.

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  15. That is a good idea. I really like both though. :-)

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  16. I love the new look as it seems to be more attractive for a book, but . . since this is a collection of stories, and as Jesseca and other have said, the other would match the rest of the contest books.
    I think the new idea of making the 3 books looks like they belong together and then starting afresh next time you do a contest is great!

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  17. I would have to say, that even though the new one is very bright and pretty, I still like the old one better for the reason that it goes with the two previous covers with the silhouette theme. I don't think that it is that similar to the last year's cover either...
    Hannah M.

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  18. It appears that I will be sticking to our original "plan." I'll save the new cover (and title) for the year when I do the contest again.

    thanks for all your input! You're the best!

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    1. Or you could use the new one if you ever write another short stories book like 'Tales on the Circle C Ranch'. :)

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  19. Yay! You're welcome! I can't wait for the contest results!!!!

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  20. I like the new cover better. It just seem brighter and happier to me, and the horse on cover looks like Taffy. But they`re both very pretty. Which ever one you choose will be beautiful.

    ~ Cheyenne

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  21. I really like the new one. ;D

    ~Lydia~ <3

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  22. I really like how happy the new one looks :D so I would have to say I like that one best.

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  23. I like the new one!

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  24. I like the new one the best :)

    -IT

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