Thursday, May 21, 2015
I need your help with a book cover, please
I've had some feedback from readers who don't like the cover of my latest book, 'Forge A New Blade'. I've taken a look at their criticisms, and I can see their point. The overall theme fits that of previous covers in the Maxwell series, but doesn't necessarily fit with the first volume of the Laredo War trilogy, 'War To The Knife', the cover of which which showed a battle in space.
I'm therefore looking at alternatives. Here's the existing cover image, plus one I may use to replace it. The latter also fits the plot of 'Forge A New Blade' in that it shows three cargo vessels in formation, which would correspond to the three converted merchantmen serving as Armed Merchant Cruisers in the book.
Here's where you come in, readers. Looking at the two images, which do you prefer? In particular, if you've already read the book, which fits it better? Please leave your opinion in Comments.
(This is one of the real advantages of independent publishing. If a cover - or any other element - doesn't work, one can change it very quickly in response to feedback. Mainstream publishers don't have that luxury.)
Thanks very much for your help.