Let’s Talk About Covers, Baby

The latest edit of “The Genesis” is off sunning itself with the Muse (a.k.a. being torn to pieces). When I get it back, I expect the manuscript to be a trembling, terrified, but wholly improved draft, ready for me to take another (and final) bash at it.

While I wait for its return, I’m considering my options with regards to the book cover. I’d like some opinions on the below designs, prompted by feedback I’ve already had. I myself am torn. I love both covers for different reasons.

On the one hand, the model I have for the cover is absolutely ideal for the part of Catrina, and I like the idea of giving the reader an idea of the main character before they’ve started reading. In terms of the series as a whole, having the girls on the 3 books surrounding Catrina’s story work well to indicate the progression of her story (you’re getting closer to her, get it?! Full of symbolism. Layers, baby. Layers.). If I was to go ahead with the second design, I’d need to remove all the models from all the covers, and I don’t know whether the books might look a little too generic like that.

On the other hand, I do like the impact the one with the background only has. I think it jumps out a little more, and it emphasises the title, since I’m not distracted by the presence of a pretty lady.

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What do you think? Do you like people on your book covers? Do you like having an idea of characters, or would you prefer to envision them yourself? Is there too much or too little in the two designs?

And before anyone starts commenting “they both look shit”, even if you do think that (and hey, everyone’s entitled to their opinion), instead consider telling me which one you think is the least shit.

Finally, bear in mind that these are still concepts at this point, and may be subject to further amendments before release.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.

K. L. Kerr