It’s not often in this politically-charged world that I dare ask anyone’s opinion, but it’s come that time in the book production process when I’m seeking input, opinions, thoughts, and comments.
Of course, I’m trusting that you guys are all kind enough not to turn this into a sound bite-riddled shouting match unlike most “debates” these days.
Sigh…but I digress.
Anyway, as I’ve been known to do, I’ve gone into creative overdrive with the book covers for my upcoming novel, The Return of Odysseus: Book Six of the Osteria Chronicles.
Notice I said nothing about The Battle of Ares (Book Five), which is also coming out next year? That’s because that book cover just happened to fall right into place with the perfect image. Sorry, no big reveals yet…see how I’m teasing you? Mwahahaha!!
First off, for those of you who have forgotten, here’s the covers from the first four books in the series. And for those of you who have no idea what this series is about, you can either head over to the series page HERE, or I can just tell you that it’s a historical/mythological fantasy in which the myths, gods, and heroes of Ancient Greece come to life as you’ve never seen them before.
The Choices & A Few Quick Tips Before You Vote
You’ll find the cover choices below, but first, I’ve got a few instructions and things to keep in mind…
- To start, scan the covers as quickly as possible. Imagine you’re scrolling along through a page full of books. Which one catches your eye straight out of the gate?
- Now, go back over the covers with a more judgmental eye. The book is historical fantasy set in a Greco-Roman world. There’s a lot going on in this book, but the main story lines are a battle between the gods and the titans, Odysseus trying to get home to his wife Penelope after a long absence, and the troubles he’ll face if he does make it home. When narrowing down your choice, which of these do you think best reflects these plots/themes?
- Because these are only mock-ups, some of the images still have watermarks on them (the criss-cross white lines and the word Canva). Try your best to look past these marks when considering the design.
- You can enlarge the covers, but since these will most likely be seen as thumbnail images on sites like Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, try to keep them small to get a better feel for how the cover will be seen in “real” life.
Ready? Okay, here’s the four covers to choose from….
And a survey to mark your choice….
Thanks so much for your help!!
Of course, I’m open to any suggestions, thoughts, or outright praise (kidding) you might have, so feel free to toss your two cents into the comment box below.