"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Who can I turn to?

Why, all y'all, of course. Remember when I had to pick a cover for Hit or Missus and I was feeling woefully indecisive and lacked confidence? Who helped me? You did. You gave me your opinions and I ended up picking a killer cover.

Now I've got to pick a new cover for Freezer Burn, because I'm re-releasing it myself. It's harder this time than the last, because I've got the old cover stuck in my head. I loved my old cover, but not only do I think I don't get the rights to use that, but I want my covers to look like they go together. I want a "brand." And as much as I love my old cover, people tend to gravitate toward the Hit or Missus cover, so clearly the public has an opinion.

After working with my cover designer, whom I adore, I've got four choices. I suppose I could just put a voting poll at the side, but I never get any votes when I do that. All people ever do is leave comments, either here or on Facebook. So take a look and tell me what you think.





I'm actually partial to one of these, but I won't tell you which. Instead, you pick one and tell me why.


Kat said...

I like either 3 or 4. One and two have tangents on the glass.

CA Verstraete said...

The drink is barely noticeable inside (same tones) except for the one on the top of the fridge. Yes a slight hint at the other book, but does it fit this book? Nice cover tho.

Dot Caffrey said...

I like #2

kat. said...

I like #4. The red in the background is effective in drawing your eye to the fridge. However, the martini & the other thing in the fridge need to be a bit brighter/darker, more evident. Or perhaps make the interior of the fridge just a touch darker (like 1-2 ticks). Nice cover, tho.

Gayle Carline said...

Thanks, all, for the comments. Chris, the drink has to do with my description of Peri - she likes clean houses and dirty martinis. I kind of like the nod to her passion for Grey Goose and olives.

Unknown said...

I like #4. The red at a diagonal moves the eyes. The red text at the top also seems bolder than the other covers, easier to read on a black background. Also agree with kat that the "freezer?" interior on #4 needs to be a shade or 2 darker to contrast the content inside.

Pam Ripling said...

Number 4 - If the martini is made a tad more evident. I, too, like that sweeping red flair behind the fridge.

Tameri Etherton said...

Okay seriously I thought you were messing with me until I read the comments about the red in the background. That's what I get for editing all freaking day and then trying to look at covers.

I like #4. Agree that the inside stuff needs to pop a bit more. The martini glass on top of the fridge freaks me out for some reason. Probably whenever I put something up there like that it falls on my head because I'm a spaz and forget it's there.


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