We talked about your responses both here and on Facebook—Thank you!—and came up with this:
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Here’s our thinking:
1. We want it to visually feel like our previous book, therefore, keeping the frame. Also, we feel like some of the commenters—our eyes fall off the edge of the book just under the title in the non-framed version and we never make it back to the globe with the nativity. The frame sort of makes your eyes bounce back to the center and the globe.
2. Font choice for title is the same as our first book, so we want to keep that but we made it more readable. (We also got the title correct this time.) (Oh, and ignore the weird spacing before the letter “t” and those extra dots. Those will come out in the final version.)
3. We did change the font on the subtitle and moved it up. There’s just no good place to put it at the bottom of the framed version. Yes, we know it will be difficult to read in thumbnail size, but it’s a subtitle so that’s okay.
4. We really want a Santa AND Savior cover because it goes with the message of the lead story, “Checkin’ It Twice”. There’s not a lot out there that’s cute and has reasonable royalty fees. (Reasonable = we’re working on a shoestring here.)
5. As to the “creepy” Santa face…ummm…we thought he was cute. But we will make his eye all green. That brown/green combo is a little on the weird side.
So. What do you think? Better?