For the book Fan Ignition, we found this particular cover to be "the one" it works for us, and it gives a good idea of what we are looking for in a book. Since it is about fan fiction the most important part is to give the reader our ideas and our story.
We did try to choose from about 10 different covers, from simple candle showing up to a pen on fire, to a black cover with a flame, but this seemed to be the best and held the most meaning to our cover previewers.
With the other book, I work with my blogging partner, Sabrina, from Things About Transylvania, and we had three to choose from. We also used the method of having people look it over to see if this worked for them or not, so the risk was decreased.
We gave them three choices: one, or two or three and we asked them which one of these should be the cover and why?
The results were interesting, most people liked the last choice, number three because it gave a good sense of what the book on Transylvania was about. It gave them a good grasp of what too look for and what we wanted to show a potential reader. Out of the ten people we asked, nine loved the last one, and one said that number one should be the choice.
We asked them why not number two: for most people, it was too busy. It looked very much like someone had thrown it together and didn't want to spend the needed time working on a cover, which probably meant they weren't keen on trying to write a great book either. This is one of these times when it became important to find out exactly what didn't work with this cover and what did work. For most people, the blue was a sticking point.
A cover colour can be changed. That's not a problem. For others, the majority, the problem was it was too busy, you could not tell what the picture was in the background the cover didn't show it.
The last one is by far the favourite of all of them. It showed the famous landmark, Bran Castle in all of its glory, and had a bit of a wintery feel to it. The front was also much easier to read, and the potential reader can get an idea about it very quickly.
What made people like it the most, was it was bold, but also very simple. Most people liked the cover, and liked that it was simple.
When we asked why number one- itself just as simple- wasn't as liked, someone said to them it was too simple, there was nothing that drew them to the book, the picture in the last one drew them there, and made them want to pick it up and read it.
No matter how we felt about our books, it is important to let someone else have a say. I am pleased with the last cover, and it seems it is the best of the group, but now, we are going to let our readers have their own say on it as well.
So tell us which of these three you like, and why.