WHICH BOOK COVER SHOULD I USE?
Coming soon: my book Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad. The title comes from the story about a blazing hot night when my husband and I were sitting on the edge of a big stone fountain. We began dabbling our feet in the cool water, and the next thing I knew, we were wading then dancing in the fountain. An old man passing by growled, “Hey you two, is that any way to behave? You wouldn’t do that back where you come from.” And that’s my whole point. Living overseas, I feel free to try things I’d never do back home.
Naturally, my first thought was to shoot the cover photo at the actual fountain. But here's how it looks, with the addition of shoes (chosen by my Facebook and blog friends) to suggest the dancing part:
Not very colorful or romantic, even if we use PhotoShop to get rid of the cars. (It was much prettier in the moonlight on the night in question.) And it could be anywhere: Seville, Rome, Cleveland.
Then I found this gorgeous tile fountain, put colorful shoes on it, and took dozens of pix like this:
Love all the color, and it really says Spain, but it also sort of suggests a shoe ad. I keep expecting to see $89.95 printed above the sandals. Then Rich casually grabs the camera, steps up on a chair, and tries one shot.
And that was by far the best photo of the entire day. It almost gives the sensation you could step into the fountain and start dancing right now.
So here are four cover options we're considering, with cropped versions of Rich's photo.
1: White lettering
2. Black lettering
3. Yellow box
4. Red bar
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT!
Which of these covers do YOU think we should go with? Send me your comments!
4/23/2012 12:11:15 pm
Thanks, I love that one too! I couldn't believe it was one of those casual, off-the-cuff shots!
4/24/2012 01:26:38 am
I like #1 with the white lettering. They all look fantastic. Can´t wait to see the book!
4/24/2012 01:27:17 am
I like No. 1 but I think that Jill's comments really jump out of the Red Box, so may incorporate that into No. 1. Well done on getting the FINAL copy off!
4/24/2012 01:29:14 am
I like the first cover the most: the white lettering really stands out. The last one would be my second choice. I liked the third cover the least because it seems like the yellow box around the title takes away from the vividness of the yellow in the tiles. Hope this was helpful!
4/24/2012 01:59:31 am
My favorite cover- and i know I may be the only one- include the yellow box . I saw it on your fridge and thought it looked fantastic! maybe because it highlights the title but this sunny color makes me want to pick the book up.
4/24/2012 02:43:55 am
I like number 1 but then again I took the picture.
4/24/2012 06:22:13 am
I love #1 Karen. It just spoke to me right off the bat.
4/24/2012 07:06:20 am
I like N°1 the best. Against the white lettering the water looks bluer and cooler and very inviting.
4/24/2012 07:41:17 am
I like #1 best too. I think the smaller type is more readable in the black, not the white... It's gorgeous!!!
4/24/2012 09:51:05 am
I, by far, prefer the black lettering. That makes the picture stand out and is not so fussy. The center of this fountain looks impressionist - great choice! Love, Jackie
4/24/2012 12:12:10 pm
Great job, a really nice cover. The photo is perfect. #1 works best as a cover since the white type is much more legible, especially when it's reduced to a thumbnail, than the black title. Lovely cover, you might try substituting some different fonts for the title before you go "final."
4/24/2012 01:44:39 pm
number 1 it is. can't wait to get the book. thanks for keeping me up on your life. hello to rich
4/24/2012 04:44:22 pm
I like #1 the best. Number 2 would be my second choice. Either works for me. Ed.
4/25/2012 01:40:03 pm
#2 is definitely my favorite, but really, I'd like to see Rich in those shoes!!!
4/25/2012 05:40:23 pm
I, too, like # 1 best. #2 would be second choice. Kris.
4/25/2012 08:16:11 pm
#2 is my favorite. The subject matter in white stands out more and that is what you are looking for when selecting a book.
4/26/2012 09:51:11 am
I think the photo is lovely. Well done, Rich!
4/27/2012 12:57:13 am
I like #4. I like more Red in the photo!!!
4/27/2012 09:02:43 am
number 2 . When the white lettering is used, your eye tends to focus on the title of the book, but what the book's really about (in black) recedes + obviously vice versa when you switch the colors around. In terms of marketing and to be eye-catching, I think people would buy it more if the part about "How to enjoy living abroad" was in white -- stands out more. otherwise, the white-lettered title appears to be just "otra novela más" (we know it's not!!) Therefore, title in black ("takes a back seat") and what the book's about in white ("the driver"). Congratulations, karen. best wishes to you!
4/28/2012 02:18:58 pm
I prefer # 1 by far, but agree with someone's comment that tag line needs to be more obvious/ stand out. Can't wait to get my hands on the e-book! a fan in Barcelona, Elizabeth
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