Book Cover Finalists (Revised)

The people have spoken above the cover concepts for The Mark of the Spider: A Black Orchid Chronicle.

Unfortunately, they did not say what I wanted.

Half of the comments — and forty of you chimed in via comments, emails, and texts — favored the Blue version. One-quarter each liked the Green and Red concepts.

I initially favored Red but switched my vote to Blue. I’m afraid Red had to go.

I asked my design team at to make changes to the Blue and Green concepts, primarily to make both the orchid and the spider web tattoo more prominent.

Here are the finalists. Input always welcomed.

And thank you to all of you who expressed a preference in Round One. I hope you’ll still order the book when it comes out in August.

Book Cover Requests Your Feedback, my design firm, has delivered three great concepts for The Mark of the Spider: A Black Orchid Chronicle.

Three design treatments, three color schemes.

Which cover — because we ALL judge a book by its cover — would make you pick it up and read it? Let me know by Wednesday night, EDT, either by comment or email.

The candidates are Blue, Green, Red:

I’m having a hard time choosing so your input will count for a lot. A LOT.

Design Close, But No Cigar

HOTEL CONSTELLATION got an Honorable Mention (Gold Star) in the January e-Book Cover Design Awards at the Book Designer Web site.

Hotel Constellation - 3D

Here is the judge’s citation:

Everything on this is just right – the choice of font, the colours, and the grungy aspect, as well as the strategically-positioned censor stripes over some sections of the text. An excellent cover that entirely suits the book.★

If “everything … is just right,” it should have won, right?

Oh, well. At least we were a contender.