No, you didn’t miss a writing contest. This is the winner of the cover choices I posted about the other day.
First off, if you voted, thank you very much for your input.
The selections were as follows:
The two covers that got the most votes were number two and number one respectively – they were only separated by a few votes, but they were far, far ahead of the other two.
Our winner will be cover #1
Next, even though it got a few more votes, cover #2 is probably giving people the wrong impression about the story. Several said there might be a romance element to it, but murder mystery readers want a murder mystery, not necessarily a romance. So cover #2 may have been a bad choice to include.
We are going to go with number one because:
It almost got as many votes,
it doesn’t have the face, but also
it doesn’t mislead the potential reader.
For the other books in the series, two through six (when they get written; I’ll be starting #2 soon, I swear) we will be able to have more flexibility and will probably be able to use images like those in cover number two.
But there you have it.
Research the top selling books in your genre. See what their covers look like. Emulate that success in your cover.
Use a professional to get it right, but let the professional do their job. If you knew how to do this stuff, you wouldn’t be reading this post.
You aren’t losing your individuality, you are meeting expectations. Don’t try to sell milk in an oil can. We want milk in white milk bottles or milk cartons. Once we buy your milk, then we will see what amazing things you did that make you different – but most of us struggle to get our books picked up. This helps avoid that.
If it doesn’t work out well, analyze everything, and ask others, but be prepared to jettison the cover you loved for one that works for the genre. Switching to one that works is easier and ultimately cheaper than spending tons of money on a cover that isn’t selling your book.
Tough love is still love, and I love the covers that sell.
Funny how that works.
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