[Introduction: Francis Hamit’s Kickstarter for Starmen: A Novel runs until October 10. You can get the ebook for a one dollar donation. Meanwhile, the author would like your opinion about the cover….]
By Francis Hamit: I really am in a quandary about which cover to use, so I would like feedback.
Based on feedback, I moved the title a little. Small changes sometimes make a big difference. I think this is very powerful and catches the eye.
The original cover developed and donated by Markee Book Designs is here:
As you can see this is more narrative, based upon the opening paragraphs. Quite a bit of work went into this but they wanted a sample for their portfolio and I am happy to oblige.
The first book cover I bought was for The Shenandoah Spy. It cost me over $2,000 but certainly sold the story while also feeding my passion for historical accuracy. These new covers cost me very little and the one from Canva took me an hour of playing around with a blank image and placing type.
I have bought other covers for $100 each and just moved virtual type around . It’s not hard for me. I took Design in college and I was a professional photographer for eleven years. That was all about designing as I framed the shot either in the camera or the darkroom. (Yeah, I was in the photochemical world). I was crushed out of that business by K-Mart and their 99-cent color portraits.
These low cost and free blanks for book covers are yet another example of a hard-won artistic profession being crushed by a low cost and “good enough” alternative.
So you tell me; which cover will sell more books? That is, after all, the name of the game.
Leave your vote in comments here.
And if you have not yet donated to get the E-book please do so. Everyone gets that. Other items at higher reward tiers.
[Reprinted with permission.]