Over fifty people kindly looked through the selection of eight covers
that are currently being considered for my upcoming book. George polled over thirty five of his friends on facebook, (for which, though slightly boy heavy and probably not my primary market, I am very grateful) and I nagged my more mature friends. The results were very interesting. Broadly, men tended to go for the fifties bold imagery looks, women were drawn to the girl with the scratched out face. Slightly more men than women responded but even without weighing that bias out, the girl with the scratched out face very slightly pipped the blue at 22 to 18. Possibly had I not offered the red one (below) too, the blue bold look one would have won, but the top two images were clear leaders, receiving by far the lion’s share of votes. So in reverse order the winners are.
All right. I am quite chuffed that this one won, as I can reveal now that it was the one that I designed. I’m also glad it appeals to women as they seem, on the whole, to be more interested in buying fiction than men… or at least most of the men that I know. That said I doubt that any of these will be the final cover as I don’t detect much support for it within Transworld. Which is why I will be submitting two covers for consideration. The scratched out girl and a typographic surprise cover…
Thank you everybody. And if you fancy helping some more you could click here and tell me which strapline you prefer.