Anthology Cover Art

Who’s excited for the release of our very first Mum Life Stories anthology? I know I am. If all goes well it could be released as early as January, but there is a lot of work to do till then.

I’ve began the process of compiling all the wonderful stories into a masterful book that not only reads inspiration but looks it as well. I’ve been creating the cover art and want to get your opinion, since many of you either have stories in the anthology or are looking forward to reading them all. 

Please take a look at the following 3 covers and let me know what you think of them and which one you’d like to see as the cover for our first anthology.

Cover Art #1

This cover is based on the Mum Life Stories website, the photo is the same photo that is on our front page and of course the title and slogan are the same. Just quietly, I think this one is my favourite.

Anthology cover draft 1

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Cover Art #2

This one is sweet but I wasn’t sure if people might mistake it as an anthology of stories about pregnancy.

Anthology cover draft 2

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Cover Art #3

I love the colours of this one. I’ve removed the slogan ‘Every Life Story Begins With A Mum’ but of course can include it or remove it from any of the covers.

Anthology cover draft 3

Photo credit Marcelo Silva on Unsplash


Let me know in the comments section below if you have any thoughts on any of these covers, i.e. would you like to see the slogan on there, or not? Should I include the number of stories? Should I include my name as the editor or compiler, etc? It would be nice to have my name there but not at all necessary as I do not want to take anything away from all the very talented writers who’s stories made this anthology possible. The book will be available through Amazon and all writers names will be in the description as well as in the book of course. 


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9 thoughts on “Anthology Cover Art

  • Hi Jo,
    I agree with the others – I think the third cover is the best.

    And definitely put your name as editor! You’ve put a lot of work into this, and it wouldn’t exist without you.

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    • Thanks Rachel, your all very kind, looks like number 3 is a hit and I’ll finally have my name on the cover of a book, haha. You guys are all so awesome and your stories are going to make this a hit, for sure 😁


  • I agree that the second is cute but too pregnancy related. The first one is nice, especially as it links to the website, and I definitely think you should keep the slogan, whichever cover art you use. The third cover wins for me, though: it suggests a journey and feels more inclusive of a wider interpretation of motherhood, rather than feeling restricted to toddler years. It draws me in.

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  • I like the third, it seems more inclusive. The second suggests it would be more pregnancy related stories (Unless the idea is that the first anthology is pregnancy/birth and then graduate to older babies/children related.) But I think the third cover is the most attractive too.

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