In preparation for hiring a designer, it’s time for me to decide on a new cover concept for my self-published version of The Jaguar Legacy, a paranormal romantic suspense set in Mexican jungles. I want a cover that will attract readers’ attention, and have two possibilities in mind:
- Fun & Sexy: Visualize a hunky archaeologist (bare chested and wearing an Indiana Jones hat, face partially hidden), leaning against an ancient stone pillar, with a jaguar face snarling from the jungle behind him;
- Subtle/Artistic: Visualize a purple sky at sunset fading into oranges and pinks towards the horizon, the hazy face of a jaguar (eyes a prominent feature) against the sky, an ancient Mexican temple in the mid-ground, with the silhouette of an embracing couple somewhere on the page (to show that it is a romance).
Which do you think will sell more books? Fun & Sexy, Subtle/Artistic, or another idea?