It was unfair of me to expect you to try to help me pick between 20 versions of the cover for my new novel. I have now narrowed the choice down to the five that I think work best. Please tell me which one you like the best, because one of them will be the new novel cover.
The first two are the only ones where I have the background facing both ways… because the background photo works in both directions. Remember, the cover will wrap-around. In other words, the background will extend to the back cover of the book. The white line in each picture represents the edge of the cover, so the side with the title and my name is the actual front of the book. These first two mock-ups are the only ones you haven’t seen in earlier posts… I think.
See, it works both ways! I can still play with the details. That is why I am using different colors for the text in some of these mock-ups. I can also make the princess in the foreground a little bigger or smaller. I can move the text. I can make the title as one continuous line, or stack the words in a vertical column.
I have come to think that a background with a curving coastline only works well in one direction. It is confusing to have the coastline swinging out on the back cover. That is why I am only doing one version each of the last mock-ups. I do like the red text for the title. But if you like the white, let me know. And having my name in white, and the title in red, makes me seem less pompous. HA!
I have decided that I like this font, so I don’t want to change that. It might be a plainer text on the back cover where I put the blurb… whatever that will be.
Also, I can still remove more of the bushes from the foreground if you think that is a good idea. And I am still going to add at least a few black sailing ships. And I am making her uniform look much less like a modern military uniform.
All of the backgrounds have things I like about them. I don’t know if it is better when I took the pictures from high up on the cliffs, or down near the ocean. I took all these a Christmas or two ago, driving back from the Bay Area to San Diego on Highway One.
Please tell me which one strikes your fancy. Or if you like one image, but the text on another one. Any input is helpful.