SO, what did I learn?
1) Book title should be readable when in thumbnail size
2) Not be busy
3) Don't confuse title with background words
4) Cryptic cover
5) Color choices
6) Bad font choices
7) Be happy with the cover
Okay, the last one is more for me, but, at the same time, I want to make sure that others like the cover. Why? Because if the reader/viewer likes the cover, there is a better chance of them picking up the book. If they pick up the book, they may read the back page blurb. If they read the back page blurb, there is a chance they may open it and read a page or two. And if they like it to one of the points listed, they will buy the book.
I thought the music background was significant - the story is about a young Amish boy who learns how to sing light opera. Both the artist and I thought the Old English font would be cool for the Amish flavor, along with the Amish boy on the cover.
In retrospect, it was a lousy cover. In thumbnail size, the text was gibberish, at best. The background words of the music title diverted the reader's eyes from the title. The Old English font was difficult to read.
So, my cover artist tried again, taking all the comments into review. He offered me the following which I think pulls it all together. I don't like the appearance of the sub-text - "Book One of The Amish Singer Series" but we tried several different things and this seemed to be the best offering. Trying to match the font color of the large text left it in a black blob and difficult to read. We also tried to move the text down below the Amish boy but it didn't appear to be correct there. So, we're still open to suggestions. We also tried lighter text and darker text to less than perfect results.
The back page blurb is not the final by any means. We just wanted to see how it would appear.
Yes, the book title has changed. Book Two of 'The Amish Singer' Series will be "A New York Voice" and continue with Daniel's adventures in our Englische world and singing. Book two's cover will basically be the same thing except remove the Amish lad and replace it with say, the Empire State Building or a part of it. Of course, that still remains to be decided. LOL.
Let me know what you think of the new cover, leave a comment or suggestion.
Now, some bad news on my weight regarding the New Year's resolution. I had - key word "HAD" - been fluctuating between 250 and 255. I stepped on the scale last week and it was pushing 260. Okay, it was 258. I realize it isn't much, but the truth is, the weight needle moved in the WRONG direction. I have instituted a closer watch on my food intake and realized that I have been drinking more pop. Okay, it is diet and shouldn't count, but it does bloat me and what man needs to complete in the pregnancy bulge with his daughter-in-law who is carrying twins? More treadmill and cycle time, less butt-sitting time. My goal is to see all my grandchildren married. The twins are the last of the grandchildren coming so that gives me a goal of surviving another 25 years, at least. I'm 68 + 25 means I have to hang around until I'm 93. That's pushing the goal line waaaaay out there. Maybe I should set a goal of seeing them all graduated.
I am hoping to get the first book of the three I made as part of my New Year's resolutions published within the next 60 days. Well, actually by the end of February would be nice, but...
We were considering some RV travel but the storm that came through about 8 days ago left me with a six foot pile of plowed snow in front of the RV. My kids visited this weekend and laughed about it but I let them know - if I truly wanted to go, I'd be out there with my shovel moving that mini-mountain. I did that several years ago when we wanted to go to Mardi Gras and Mother Nature had other ideas. It was only about 4 foot high but it had a lot of frozen ice in it. It took me about 3 days to clear it out but we left on time and had a great time. We've decided to not travel until nice weather and only locally. We want to do some interior re-decorating. Okay, that's what my wife calls it. I say it is major remodeling since we'll be removing the dining area and couch and re-doing the kitchen and bathroom. Nothing really wrong with them, just wanting a new look.
Until next I ramble on...