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Monday, April 11, 2011

My New Book Cover Design - the Decision!

In this post last month I asked for readers' help in choosing the cover design for the new edition of my book Start Your Own Home-Based Business.

I'm very grateful to the many people who voted, and the substantial number who took the trouble to comment as well. My publisher and I were very grateful for all the feedback.

As you may know if you've followed the voting, the most popular choice was Cover 3 (woman sitting on a sofa), with Cover 1 (the cartoon) second, and Cover 2 (the stylized question mark) third. You can view the exact voting figures here if you like.

So I guess you might think Cover 3 got the nod, but you'd be wrong. All the proposed designs came in for criticism as well, with those who disliked Cover 3 arguing it looked like the cover of an IKEA catalogue and/or the woman on the sofa looked much too relaxed to be running a home-based business!

Likewise, the cartoon-style cover (Cover 1) polarized opinion, with some people (including me, I must admit) loving it, but others finding it a bit dated, and one or two saying they found it creepy!

In the end, after much discussion (including the consideration of various other possible designs as well), we wound up with an improved version of Cover 2. You can see the full jacket design, front and back, below:

Clicking on this image should generate a larger version.

Ironically, Cover 2 was the least popular design in my poll, but it also attracted the fewest hostile comments. Obviously, the final decision was down to my publisher, and all things considered he felt this was the safest choice. As he is taking all the financial risk of publishing I couldn't argue too much. I can't say I love the design we've ended up with, but I'm coming to like it at least!

Thanks again to everyone who took part in my poll. Start Your Own Home-Based Business is now available for pre-orders on, so do check out the sales page. Incidentally, the reviews that are up already refer to the original version of the book published ten years ago; the new version is completely revised and updated. Amazon is showing a publication date of 31 May 2011, but I anticipate that the book should be available well before then.

Naturally, I'll let you know on this blog as soon as copies are on sale!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this! i think it is better than all of the rest! congratulations.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thank you! I must admit it's grown on me. I just hope the book sells now!

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Katie Roberta Stevens said...

Nick, I recently published my first book and had a tough choice between two great cover designs. I had the artist combine elements of both and the results were amazing. There is no greater feeling than holding your own book in your hands and seeing that final cover. Best wishes.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Katie. Good luck with your own book!

11:00 PM  

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