So, the novel once called ‘Curiosity’ is now renamed ‘Starship Ragnarok’, and I am testing out alternative covers for it. Can you help me? Which one of these three options really makes you want to read the book (if any)?
As is often the case, now I’ve started doing cover re-designs I looked at the rest of my books and thought ‘should I update these too?’
As per usual, the answer was ‘well, let’s at least try.’
I went looking for a new picture for the cover of The Witch’s Boy, but in the end couldn’t find one I liked more than the original. But of course, you can do all kinds of things to the same photo to make it look different. So here’s a redesign of The Witch’s Boy to try to make it look a bit more grown up and in line with current tastes. Which one of these two do you like best?*
Also as per usual, by the time I’ve finished working on it, I can no longer tell whether it’s any good or not. I think I like it. What do you think?
*The new one is on the left and the old on the right.
(As an aside, I should finish writing the cozy mystery I’m working on by this time next week. At which point I can start thinking about writing actual new SF/F instead of tinkering with the old.)
I need your expert eagle eye.
The Cygnus Five books have been through an array of covers. It’s almost embarrassing. The first ones looked like Romance covers – not really appealing to fans of space opera. The second ones resembled hard SF and were colourless and unappealing. For the third ones, I went too far into the territory of old fashioned pulp SF from the 1970s – which was when I started reading SF/F, and thus burned into my brain as what SF/F ought to look like.
Finally it occurred to me to actually look at the covers of books that are selling today. Astonishing, I know.
I discovered three things;
- BIG FONTS.
- They’re all blue
- They have spaceships on them.
Cool, I thought. Let’s make a cover which is blue and has a spaceship on it. So I went to look for some pictures, and the first one I really loved was bright green. *Sigh.* So I attempted to make the bright green one blue. Then I made an actual blue one as well.
So now I really need your advice. Which of these two mockups do you think is the best?