A few months ago, I offered you all eleven choices for the title of my book, and got lots of good feedback, so I carefully compiled all the data, totaled up all your favorites…and then rejected them all. The problem was that I started thinking about covers and I realized I needed a title that lent itself to an image.
After a lot more brainstorming I came up with these two titles and whipped up some quick-and-sloppy covers using Google images. Obviously, once I choose one, or something else entirely, I can commission an original photo that serves my purposes more clearly (the cricket could be reading a screenplay… or I could combine the two and have a rejected slush pile behind the cricket, etc…)
So which title/cover would you be more likely to pick up in a bookstore, if you’d never heard of the blog? Or do both of these still suck? Which new direction should I go in?
And here are the matching back covers. You’ll note that I cobbled together a collection of real testimonials, and a credit for each. I’m showing you the quotes, but I’ve blocked out the name and credit for each one, because I gathered these quotes together from various places (some offered them up as testimonials, some didn’t) and I’d have to contact each person to confirm that I’m welcome to use it. If you recognize your quote, then let me know it that’s all right...and thanks either way! I’ve left the actual quotes in to ask you: Are these the sort of quotes I should have? Are they creating the right or wrong impression? Would they make you want to buy the book? (Click to enlarge, of course)