Please Help me Make a Cover Decision

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?

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4 Responses to Please Help me Make a Cover Decision

  1. Unless it’s of the sweet variety (and I don’t think it is from hearing you describe it!), I say go with the sexy version. I also think the jaguar gives it the edginess it needs to say ‘suspense’, so you’re really nailing it with your idea, Maureen. Can’t wait to see the cover!

    • Maureen Fisher says:

      Thanks for the input, Linda. You’re right. I wouldn’t call Jaguar Legacy a ‘sweet’ romance. It has some heat.

  2. Personally, I think Fun & Sexy would be my choice. I know well the difficulty in reaching a decision on a book cover! Went through that recently myself.
    Wishing you all the best,

    • Maureen Fisher says:

      Thanks Chloe. I’m leaning that way too. I checked out your covers on Amazon. I particularly liked the one for Entering the Age of Elegance. I hope it brings lots of sales.

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