We’ve all heard that tired old phrase: “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” but is it relevant today? In the era of e-publishing, when books can be purchased with one click, do readers really take the time to decipher whether or not to read a book based on multiple factors? Probably not. The three things a reader considers when choosing to buy a book is cover art, blurb, and first page (in that order). Cover art is important. It’s the first thing the reader sees. That is why I hired a professional cover design artist to create the book cover for my first novel, The Quest for the Holy Something or Other, an Arthurian parody.
I recently received some revisions to the original mock up. They are all really awesome, and I am having a difficult time deciding which I like best. Another option would be to take elements from several and combine them into one. That is where I need your help. Please check out the designs below and leave a comment telling me what you like about them and which elements I should use. For example, you might like the box being centered, the darker blue stripes, and the knight piece being larger. Or you might like the box being off to the side, the lighter blue stripes, but the font on the third picture. If there is something you do not like, please keep it constructive as I highly respect the artist I hired. She is amazing to work with, and I don’t want to offend her in any way.
Thank you again for your support! As always, I appreciate your feedback. You guys rock!