Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's all about the cover, innit

So I've been wondering if the abysmal sales of my Tome might possibly be down to the cover I designed for it. I have no money to pay a proper artist to design a book cover for me, so I have to make it up as I go along. People say an unattractive cover can kill book sales, and I recently read that the least attractive colour for selling a book is olive green.

No prizes for guessing which colours Rik went for when cobbling together the Tome's cover last year. Would you buy this book?

Version 1

So anyway, I thought it would do no harm to try again. This time I've decided to go for something a little more colourful ...

Version 2

The question is: would either of you be more willing to buy the book if it came tucked inside that second cover?

EDIT #1 - following comments received in other venues.

The new cover is too "wishy-washy". So I've tried again using a darker, more jungly background. Does this work any better?

Version 3

EDIT #2 - after further feedback ... a revised new alternate version:

Version 4

... and just because I'm getting bored with the business of it all, a simpler revised new alternate version:

Version 5

Edit #3 - a new day, a new version:

Version 6


  1. I like the third one best, Rik. This is my very unprofessional opinion. I was fortunate enought to have a very talented friend offer to work on my cover for me. I couldn't even come up with what you have - they all look great to me.

  2. Jennifer - many thanks for taking the time to have a peek. Unprofessional opinions are perfectly good. The question is: which cover would most tempt you to pick up the book?

  3. Now I'm torn between the fourth and fifth - but I know you want the jungle.

    It's a very personal decision to make. I've also been through a million versions of my cover . . . I'm hoping the next draft is "the one".

  4. I love the third one, absolutely love it. I rather like the second one as well but if I had to choose to save you pulling out my toe nails with a pair of pliers I would say number three - Well done though they are great

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