Judging a book by its cover


Readers judge books by their covers.  We all want to think we don't, but look at this example above.  In 2003 I first was published by a small press.  Blackbird was the book, and the original cover is on the left.

On the right is today's self published cover.

Which do you think sells better?

Exactly.  Not to argue that bare man chest wouldn't draw attention, but it's not just that. It's the colors, the banner at the bottom, even the blurb on the back of the book.

Self publishing forces you to examine human nature, to experiment on what is more appealing to the eye.  (Um...yeah, man candy with tattoos definitely.)

Oh, and in case you wondered about hero Adahya's tattoos, those are original tribal Iroquois tattoo designs.  They often tattooed themselves in Colonial times.  Hard to believe, right?

So tell me what you think of the new cover. 

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