As we all know, a book really is judged by its cover. At least at first. It catches your eye on the shelf or on the webpage, and you think, “Ooh, THAT looks interesting. What’s it about?”
I’ve had the current cover of Headless for a year and a half now, and I’ve gotten some good feedback on it. To be clear, I really like the original, but some have said it looks too scary and it’s not a book they would pick up. And I’ve realized that the cover doesn’t really give you a peek at what might be going on inside, and in fact, may mislead you into thinking it’s something that it’s not.
Because, although there are some scenes you might find scary, overall it’s not that frightening. It’s a fun adventure that puts the characters in some dangerous and scary situations, but it’s not horror.
And while that awesome samurai mask is a very important part of the tale, it is not everything.
So I’m going to try a new one that hopefully captures the story a little better. First, it’ll be just for the ebook. Then I’ll think about changing the paperback too.
So here’s where YOU come in!
I’ve had THREE covers made! I would love your opinion to help me decide.
Please let me know which one grabs your attention the most by using the poll below. Which one would you pick up off the shelf first?
Click on the small images above to see a larger version or click here to see them side by side. They are numbered left to right: 1, 2, 3. You can also mouse-over the image to confirm the number.
Any comments are very welcome at the end of this post. If you like the font on one but the illustration on another, let me know! Any ideas for something that might work better, let me know!
I’ll be very grateful if you share this post so I can get as much feedback as possible.
If you’d like to compare to the original cover, here that is.