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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Help Choose the Cover for my New Book

I'm looking for a bit of help from my readers today.

A new edition of my (print) book Start Your Own Home-Based Business is coming out shortly, and my publishers have come up with three possible cover designs.

We can't decide which we prefer, so I'm hoping you can help us decide. I've posted the three designs below, and I'd be grateful if you could vote for the one you like best via the widget below. Try to think which cover design would be most likely to catch your eye in a bookshop (or online), and which would be most likely to influence your decision to buy. Clicking on any image should open a larger version in your browser.

Cover 1
Cover 2

Cover 3

Please vote for your favorite using the widget below. Just one vote per person, please - multiple votes will not be counted.

If you have received this post by email, you may need to visit my blog to see the poll.

If you have any questions or comments on why you prefer one cover rather than another, please post them below.

Thank you very much for your help with this. I will forward the results to my publisher to help him (and me) decide which cover to use. I've set the voting to close on 31 March, but I hope to get a good indication before then, so an early vote would be much appreciated.

* Start Your Own Home-Based Business is a comprehensive guide to starting and running a business from home. It provides step-by-step guidance on every aspect, from assessing your suitability to bookkeeping and marketing, and ultimately deciding when to expand. The book is written primarily for a UK readership, but many aspects would be equally relevant worldwide.




Anonymous Karen van Wyk said...

I like number one best. That's definitely the one that would jump out at me if I was browsing the bookshelves.

Number two looks too much like a text book to me. It reminds me of school :o

Number three is okay too. I might give it a second look while browsing but I'm not as strongly drawn to it as I am to the first one.

Sorry I can't give you any good reasons why, perhaps cartoons are just my thing:D

10:30 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Karen. I really appreciate you taking the trouble to comment on this as well as voting.

I won't say too much about my own views yet, as I wouldn't like to influence anybody one way or the other.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Patrick Fox said...

I voted for number two because it has the look of a serious manual.

Number one looks dated, and has a homemade look to it. The computer equipment on the desk is antiquated, and there's a slightly disturbing quality to whatever it is that the person(s) on the chair is doing.

Number three looks too much like an aspirational self-help book.

Of course, these are just my opinions, which have been wrong in the past, if my wife is to be believed.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Nick

I have to say, I'm not overly struck with any of them. They don't give me the image I would expect.

The cartoon one gives the impression of laziness rather than a home based business. A multi tasking cartoon with something going wrong might give more impact.

The question mark, although the one I voted for, still doesn't give me the right impression.

Number three reminds me of a furniture advert to be honest. A picture of a work station would give more impact.

Sorry to sound so negative.

But then again I am a bit of idiot so you might be very wise to ignore my comment.


12:24 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Patrick. Some interesting points you've raised there!

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Lyle said...

I've gone for three simply because it does look like "an aspirational self help book". It looks more like what (I assume) it delivers more than the other two.

I was very close to voting for one as I like the cartoon, but it does seems a little dated. Number two was never an option for me - a bit boring to be honest.

Hope this helps and congrats on the book Nick!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Ma and Lyle. I appreciate the honest feedback.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Kate Boardman said...

I went for number one purely because it is quirky unlike number two which looks too formal.
As for number three, how did you get someone to sneak into my house without me seeing them? Spooky! ;-)

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At first look, I would have gone for #1 simply due to the light hearted approach. Yet I wasn't really 'easy' with that choice and suspect if I were choosing from a store's book shelves I would pass it by for the exact same reason it first caught my eye.

#2 Gave me a 'cut and dry' feel. Even serious subjects needs, not necessarily humorous, but a touch of 'welcome' to entice me to venture between the covers.

#3 It may sound strange (and may well be strange), but at first glance I discounted this one for fear it would give the wrong impression, ie, relaxed, carefree. But after looking at all three several time, this is the one that I was most drawn to and keep I would pick from the table or shelf to examine in more depth because it has that comfortable, self-confident feel to it.


3:30 AM  
Blogger abstract said...

First time coming across your blog. Just wanted to tell you that Number 2 is the most eye catching of the three. I love the stairs heading into the question mark. It makes me think about the uncertainty of staring a home based business, but the excitement of that you living with it. Any business you create is a part of you, but doing it from the place you live means so much more.

Just wanted to give my two cents. Good luck with the choice you make. But again number 2 rocks!

4:33 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for taking the trouble to comment, guys. The feedback has been invaluable, and has given me and my publisher a lot to ponder.

@Kate - LOL. Don't worry, your secrets are safe with me!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Have to say that, although I quite liked No.1, I didn't quite 'get' what was happening to the character, and he looked a bit sad. No.2 is very 80's in my opinion. The 'never-ending staircase' was clever at the time, but it's a bit 'last year' now. No, I like No.3 best, although it looks a little too relaxed, I think it would appeal more to the target market. That's just my opinion, of course.
Either way, good luck with the Book when it's published. Will it also be available on Kindle..?
Hope so. Regards, Andy.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Andy. As you may have seen, you're in good company in preferring cover 3.

My publisher has been watching the voting and comments with interest, although he was slightly concerned that none of the proposed designs was universally popular. As a result, it's likely that the finished design will be something different again! I'll let readers know when I have something definite to report.

My publisher has no plans to release the book on Kindle, but there is nothing to prevent me doing this myself. I may well do so, although (as this is a UK book) I may wait till Kindle is a bit more widely used over here.

12:29 PM  

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