Ding ding ding!
Yep, that’s the bell to signal Round Two of the Book Cover Challenge is about to begin. The competition was fierce in the first round. Some covers were completely knocked out of the competition, while others seem to be going the distance. Now, the players battling for supremacy in the ring have been narrowed down to three.
But wait, who’s that? An underdog has entered the fight. A cover no one has seen before. This could completely alter this competition. Will this one take the prize, or will it throw in the towel? I just hope there’s no sucker punches.
Enough With the Boxing!!!
Okay, that’s pretty much exhausted my boxing terminology. The point is three covers from the first round of the book cover survey have made it to round two, but I’ve also come up with a new cover after doing a bit of thinking and advice-taking from your comments.
So, let’s get to the voting and I’ll give you a little title (NOT heavyweight title) news once we’re done.
Book Cover Survey Round Two
As before there are a few things to keep in mind as you look over these four covers for Domna.
- Most Important: The cover needs to be eye-catching at a small size, so please resist the urge to enlarge them as you look them over.
- Second most important: I want the cover to convey a sense of mystery, of Greco-Roman historical fantasy, and/or of a strong female protagonist.
- Third most important: Try not to overthink this. Look over the samples as quickly as possible then pick the cover that entices you the most.
- Important?: Because of Apple’s regulations, I do need the subtitle in there and the Novel of Osteria bit, but these do NOT have to be super legible.
Ready? Here are the Four designs to choose from…..
How to vote (Easy!!)
- Simply use the survey form below to mark the number of the design that most caught your eye (sometimes you can’t see the form in WordPress Reader or email, in that case, just visit this post at my blog to vote).
- Of course, any thoughts are welcome, so don’t hesitate to critique, compliment, or offer suggestions. The covers can be adjusted for brightness, saturation, color tone, so if there’s one you like but think it could use a color/tone shift, just let me know.
The Title Wars
After telling you a bit about how Domna came to be last week, I mentioned there might also be a title survey to go along with this second book cover survey. After a bit of brainstorming and using Mr Husband as a sounding board over the weekend, I’m glad to say the Title Wars have been called off and a truce has been declared.
The fight was over whether “Domna” would make any sense to anyone. Probably not, but I have strong reasons for choosing that title. However, because I’m hoping to lure historical fiction fans into this serialized novel, I thought perhaps I should go with titles more align with that genre, many of which are The So-and-So’s Daughter, The SomeMan’s Wife, The Girl Who Did of Had Something, and the like.
These titles make me grit my teeth since they seem to say female protagonists can’t be anything unless tied to a man, but this is a very popular title trope, so maybe there’s something to it. However, because so much happens to Sofia Domna over the course of this very very long book, her roles change greatly. In Part One, she’s a lovelorn girl, by Part Six she’s nearly in control of all of Osteria. No one title suited all these changes.
So, rather than change the title, I added to it by giving each part of the serialized novel its own subtitle (many of which happen to be the titles I’d been brainstorming as possibilities for the main title). I’m still playing with these a bit, but here’s what’s on tap so far…
- Part One: The Sun God’s Daughter
- Part Two: The Solon’s Secret (or The Solon’s Son)
- Part Three: The Centaur’s Gamble
- Part Four: The Regent’s Edict
- Part Five: The Forgotten Heir
- Part Six: The Solon’s Wife
Any thoughts on this work around for the title conundrum? Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think!!
Next Wednesday I’ll be back with a little more on the world of Domna and how it’s different than the other Osteria books. And Saturday Finn will be more than ready to get back to his Ireland Adventure and our final day on Inishmore. See you then!!!