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)?
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?