A cover is vital to a book’s success. Almost everyone at some point in their life has judged a book by its cover. It doesn’t matter if the story is awesome or cruddy; the cover alone can sell a book. The goal, however, is to catch the readers’ attention long enough that they give you a second look to see if they want to buy your book.
I’ve learned a lot about how to make covers, but I know there is a large room for improvement. I also don’t have the programs designers use, so I use what I can. And I keep my ears and eyes open for tips.
Saturday, while attending the online Indie Author Fringe Fair, I watched Derek Murphy’s podcast. I came away determined to apply some of his techniques to the covers I’ve been playing with. You can watch the video here: Designing Book Covers that sell – the 7 Must-Haves: Derek Murphy. I encourage everyone who makes their own covers to watch.
Today, I am asking for your opinion of the covers I’ve created. There’s a poll below to vote for your favourite. Click on the image to get a better view of the cover.
Please Vote for Your Favourite
Updated (added Sunday morning 7:59 Atlantic Standard Time): In the comments below, Darlene mentioned the similarities between one of the covers and the first book in the series, Shadows in the Stone. A series of books often maintain the same theme to tell readers in an instant they are ‘related’. Here is the cover of Shadows in the Stone in case this influences your choice.
Thank you for participating in this poll. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to offer your opinion.