And The Winner Is…


Many thanks to everyone who voted and/or gave your feedback so freely. 

Coming Soon…The Agony and the Ecstasy of Seeking Reviews.

Cover Design Part 2 – Online and eBook Sales

As a reminder, the poll to vote for the best cover design of my first novel will be open until midnight on Sunday, 6/17/2012.  However, it appears that the majority of my friends, family & acquaintances prefer to provide feedback through Facebook, LinkedIn, emails and text messages.  All feedback will be considered.  So please feel free to contact me in any format that makes you feel comfortable.

My blogging buddy and fellow SCBWI member, Sally Apokedak, posed a very valid question regarding the effect on cover design when the image is scaled much smaller.  Let me explain/expand a bit…

When a customer searches for books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound or other online booksellers/retailers, the results are displayed as a list of thumbnail images (approximately 84 x 118 pixels) along with the book titles, author names, prices and some indication of reader reviews.

Here’s my three cover design options at that smaller “search” size:


Does this tiny version of my book cover really need to entice consumers to “click in” to learn more about my book? I don’t have a good answer.  However, I will say this….Option B (middle) is sure looking much better than the other options right at this moment.

Moving forward with my online shopping scenario, a click on my book’s listing will take the consumer from the search/recommendations list to my book’s online retail page. The cover art jumps up to approximately on this page:

So…seriously.  How much does the cover design/art influence your final decision to buy a book online? I have no idea. Please tell me. Do you browse and buy books online? If so, how important is the cover art/design?  What makes you click in?  What makes you decide to purchase a book online?  Is it art?  Is it design?  Is it price point?  Is it reviews?

John Green: Choose Your Gods Wisely

If you don’t follow publishing or bookselling news, you probably have no idea that BookExpo America (BEA) took place last week in New York City. Someday in the near future, I hope to be a featured author meeting and greeting my readers and my literary idols at BEA.  In the meantime, I’ll just watch this vlog from one of my most favoritest authors of all time, John Green, and live vicariously.

If you don’t feel like watching John Green “geek out” with some amazing authors, I’ll just give you this quote to think about:

In our hyper-secular world, worship is still inevitable, but it’s vital to remember that our gods don’t choose us; we choose them. I could have chosen a mob wife. Sure glad I chose [Jeffrey] Eugenides.

Help Choose My Cover Design

Allrighty everyone, I need your assistance.  Please take a moment to provide some feedback….

As previously mentioned back on March 21st, I decided to purchase some cover art for my first novel.  Originally, this was a Wayne Dyer-inspired exercise in positive thinking.  Now I’m thinking this is going to be for keeps.

By “for keeps” I mean that I will probably use this cover for my novel’s indie-published edition.  Yep.  There’s that scary concept again.  Independent publishing.  It seems to be an increasingly inevitable step on my personal path toward writing success in this dizzy, ever-evolving world of 21st century publishing.  More on that soon. (Really and truly.  Pinky swear.)

The cover artwork was commissioned from Steven Novak, an incredibly talented, affordable and amiable artist whose services I highly recommend.  One of my best friends, a self-described “font freak” who earns her paycheck as the Design Ninja for DisplayIt, Inc, agreed to play with the title fonts.  The problem is…I’m having trouble choosing my favorite version.  The designs aren’t terribly different.  In fact, most people probably think I’m splitting hairs here, but I just can’t make up my mind and this little decision suddenly seems HUGE.  So I’ve decided to put the matter up for a vote.

Here’s a few basic things you may want to know about my novel before voting:

  • This is a contemporary, coming-of-age novel set in the summer of 1977
  • My main point-of-view character (Erika Williams) is an original Star Wars geek girl
  • Erika is the girl on the cover.  That is a Super 8 camera lofted above her head.
  • If you are not a Star Wars fan &/or have no idea why Erika is posed with that camera lofted above her head, please Google Star Wars 1977 poster.
  • It was written as a Young Adult novel, but I’m hoping it will have crossover appeal for Star Wars fans and geek girls of all ages
  • NOTE:  Erika has a bit of a weight problem.  I hate, hate, HATE it when I read a book about a girl with “weight issues” and the cover art features a lithe, skinny, perfect teenaged female creature.  Argh!  But if you insist on pictures of unrealistic perfection on your book covers, my cover art may not appeal to you.

OK, enough jabber!  Without further ado, here are my top three options.

Option A:

Option B:

Option C:

Now please cast your vote.  The poll will be open for one week (through Sunday 6/17/12).