Cover Art

THE CHANGING FACES AND COVERS OF COUNTERSTRIKE:

These Are The “Original” Cover Designs I Made For Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Before Arriving At My Present One For My Standard, Short, And Minibook Editions Of Counterstrike.

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<<<The Original Cover Art I Made In GIMP For Linux For The Original Draft Of The Defender E-Book I Released Back In September 03, 2016. Sadly As Cool Looking As It Was, Was NOT Well Received Or Tolerated By The Professional Book Publishers (Ignorant Angry Defiant Redneck Butts Heads With Educated Professional People, But There Is Only One Of Me And So Many of Them, So I'm “Outvoted”, So My “Anger” Is Invalidated, Their House, Their Rules)

A Slightly Modified Image From My Original, With The Weapons Removed From The Flags And Placed In The Text Box, To Address The Issue Of Cultural Sensitivity Over Placement Of External Images On National Flags, Which Is Something Travis Did NOT KNOW, In Spite Of Having Been A Fairly Patriotic Dude Once Upon A Time, Shame On Me (Score Five Points For Liberal Shaming Tactics).>>>

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<<<The Original Cover For The “Heavyweight Edition” (Now The Long Book) Of My Print Book Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Released In Early January 2017, I Was Told By Some Third Parties That The Weapons Would Have To Go Completely To Make The Book More Salable. Apparently, There Are Still A Lot Of “Kates” In The World, Weapons Represent War, Aggression, Power, Male Dominance, Tribalism, And Patriarchy, And That Scares, Angers, And Saddens A Lot Of Womenfolk And Liberals. So I Needed To “Tone It Down”.

The First Print Cover For The “Alternative Spicer Facts” Version, Or The “Lightweight Edition” (Now The Short Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), With The Bulk Of The Controversial, Tasteless, Thoughtless, Annoying, And Infuriating Non-Fictional Material Included In This Book Four, Removed From The Back Of It, To Provide A Much Less Controversial And Insensitive Reader Experience. Travis Also DID NOT KNOW, That It Is Considered In “Poor Professional Form” By The Literary Community To Include Non-Fictional Material With Fiction, Shame On Him Again (Score Ten Points For Liberal Shaming Tactics).>>>

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<<<A Trial Cover Design I Had For Awhile On The “Heavyweight Edition” (Now The Long Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent). As Cool And Spiffy Looking As The Orbitron Font Was, Travis Was Told That It Simply Didn't Show Up Or Read Very Well Against The Multicolored Backdrop Of The Cover Image, So This One Too Had To Go.

A Trial Cover Design I Had For Awhile On The “Lightweight Edition” (Now The Short Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Slightly Varied From The One For The “Heavyweight Edition” (Now The Long Book). As Cool And Spiffy Looking As The Orbitron Font Was, Travis Was Told That It Simply Didn't Show Up Or Read Very Well Against The Multicolored Backdrop Of The Cover Image, So This One Too Had To Go.>>>

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<<<The Cover Image That Most Recently Sat On The “Heavyweight Edition” (Now The Long Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), For Maybe All Of Two Or Three Weeks Grand Total. Although Print Quality Was No Longer An Issue And The Title Text Read Well And Was Legible, Travis Still Felt He Could Do Just A Notch Better And Incorporate Some Sort Of Artistic Background Element To Accompany The Title Text And Central Cover Image, So He Went Back To Work, Again.

The Cover Image That Most Recently Sat On The “Lightweight Edition” (Now The Short Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), For Maybe All Of Two Or Three Weeks Grand Total. Although Print Quality Was No Longer An Issue And The Title Text Read Well And Was Legible, Travis Still Felt He Could Do Just A Notch Better And Incorporate Some Sort Of Artistic Background Element To Accompany The Title Text And Central Cover Image, So He Went Back To Work, Again.>>>

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<<<The Current Cover Image That Now Adorns The “Heavyweight Edition” (Now The Long Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Complete With A Visually Striking Two-Tone “All-American Wonder Bread” Bubble Design. I Really Do Hope This Will Be My Last For This Book, But Now That I Am An Author, I Am Also A Businessman, And Regretfully May Need To Adjust Accordingly To Meet Book Market Demands.

The Current Cover Image That Now Adorns The “Lightweight Edition” (Now The Short Book) Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Complete With A Visually Striking Two-Tone “All-American Wonder Bread” Bubble Design. I Really Do Hope This Will Be My Last For This Book, But Now That I Am An Author, I Am Also A Businessman, And Regretfully May Need To Adjust Accordingly To Meet Book Market Demands.>>>

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<<<The Current Cover Image That Now Adorns The First Book Of The Minibook Edition Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Complete With A Visually Striking Two-Tone “All-American Wonder Bread” Bubble Design. I Really Do Hope This Will Be My Last For This Book, But Now That I Am An Author, I Am Also A Businessman, And Regretfully May Need To Adjust Accordingly To Meet Book Market Demands.

The Current Cover Image That Now Adorns The Second Book Of The Minibook Edition Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Complete With A Visually Striking Two-Tone “All-American Wonder Bread” Bubble Design. I Really Do Hope This Will Be My Last For This Book, But Now That I Am An Author, I Am Also A Businessman, And Regretfully May Need To Adjust Accordingly To Meet Book Market Demands.>>>

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<<<The Current Cover Image That Now Adorns The Third Book Of The Minibook Edition Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Complete With A Visually Striking Two-Tone “All-American Wonder Bread” Bubble Design. I Really Do Hope This Will Be My Last For This Book, But Now That I Am An Author, I Am Also A Businessman, And Regretfully May Need To Adjust Accordingly To Meet Book Market Demands.

The Current Cover Image That Now Adorns The Fourth Book Of The Minibook Edition Of Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), Complete With A Visually Striking Two-Tone “All-American Wonder Bread” Bubble Design. I Really Do Hope This Will Be My Last For This Book, But Now That I Am An Author, I Am Also A Businessman, And Regretfully May Need To Adjust Accordingly To Meet Book Market Demands.>>>

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<<<My seventh, and unfortunately not last, cover design that I tried peddling for Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), but sadly, Travis was again told (lots of people tell Travis things, but it is his policy to act on very few of them, the key is to “know” which ones should be acted upon) that as beautiful as these hybrid Castle Urquhart/Statue Of Liberty covers were, along with my contrasting black and white text in the colored frames, that they needed to go, finally and forever, for Travis to stand even a one percent chance of selling Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent) This one is for the former “Heavyweight Edition” (Previously the “Standard Edition”, now “The Long Book”). They looked too much like an Exxon/Mobil or AAA Travel Guide.

My seventh, and unfortunately not last, cover design that I tried peddling for Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), but sadly, Travis was again told (lots of people tell Travis things, but it is his policy to act on very few of them, the key is to “know” which ones should be acted upon) that as beautiful as these hybrid Castle Urquhart/Statue Of Liberty covers were, along with my contrasting black and white text in the colored frames, that they needed to go, finally and forever, for Travis to stand even a one percent chance of selling Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent) This one is for the former “Lightweight Edition” (Now “The Long Book”). They looked too much like an Exxon/Mobil or AAA Travel Guide.>>>

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<<<My seventh, and unfortunately not last, cover design that I tried peddling for Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), but sadly, Travis was again told (lots of people tell Travis things, but it is his policy to act on very few of them, the key is to “know” which ones should be acted upon) that as beautiful as these hybrid Castle Urquhart/Statue Of Liberty covers were, along with my contrasting black and white text in the colored frames, that they needed to go, finally and forever, for Travis to stand even a one percent chance of selling Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent) This one is for the former Book One (Still Book One). They looked too much like an Exxon/Mobil or AAA Travel Guide.

My seventh, and unfortunately not last, cover design that I tried peddling for Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), but sadly, Travis was again told (lots of people tell Travis things, but it is his policy to act on very few of them, the key is to “know” which ones should be acted upon) that as beautiful as these hybrid Castle Urquhart/Statue Of Liberty covers were, along with my contrasting black and white text in the colored frames, that they needed to go, finally and forever, for Travis to stand even a one percent chance of selling Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent) This one is for the former Book Two (Still Book Two). They looked too much like an Exxon/Mobil or AAA Travel Guide.>>>

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<<<My seventh, and unfortunately not last, cover design that I tried peddling for Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), but sadly, Travis was again told (lots of people tell Travis things, but it is his policy to act on very few of them, the key is to “know” which ones should be acted upon) that as beautiful as these hybrid Castle Urquhart/Statue Of Liberty covers were, along with my contrasting black and white text in the colored frames, that they needed to go, finally and forever, for Travis to stand even a one percent chance of selling Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent) This one is for the former Book Three (Still Book Three). They looked too much like an Exxon/Mobil or AAA Travel Guide.

My seventh, and unfortunately not last, cover design that I tried peddling for Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent), but sadly, Travis was again told (lots of people tell Travis things, but it is his policy to act on very few of them, the key is to “know” which ones should be acted upon) that as beautiful as these hybrid Castle Urquhart/Statue Of Liberty covers were, along with my contrasting black and white text in the colored frames, that they needed to go, finally and forever, for Travis to stand even a one percent chance of selling Defender: A Scottish American Fairy Tale (Now Counterstrike: Heaven Sent) This one is for the former Book Four: Non-Fiction (Still Book Four: Non-Fiction). They looked too much like an Exxon/Mobil or AAA Travel Guide.>>>

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<<<Travis' hopefully (I said that last time, but you gotta keep trying til you get it right) ill-conceived fresh out of the booby hatch cover design. I tried a “Patriotic, Red, White, And Blue” Scottish Tartan Theme, but this one too was quickly shot down by my online critics as coming off too much like a bad Scottish Cookbook or Tailor's or Seamstress Manual for building kilts, and still largely missed whatever the central plot point of my story was, until the day, the foolish Author became brave enough to put his story out there, ask some questions, and figure out, that not only were his cover designs poorly made, and irrelevant (I'm a Master at “Irrelevant”, “Not Getting To The Point Quickly”, and being a “Time Waster”), but the title I had was also long, boring, overblown, and not a good fit for my book content, thus leading to this next one, under a shorter, more catchy and exciting title.

This is it, right here are the two elements that have been nixing my book sales, cover and title, that's your book's “business card” right there, before I have even a shot at closing the deal, many thanks to my cover artist, who wasn't me, and online feedback from query letter writers who boldly called out my forgettable, boring, and not catchy title. This should hopefully improve royalties beyond $64 to show for eight months promotional work and $1,700 spent.>>>

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