For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about designing a cover for a novel, and I’ve promised this week to show off my choice.
So which cover did I go with?
If you just took the votes from everyone who chimed in, the results were half and half. Maybe a little more for the girl. But the one constant we encountered? Just about everyone who voted for the cover with the girl on it was not in our target demographic. And everyone who voted for the cover with the flower on it was.
I thought I was imagining it at first, but we sat down with a highly technical pen and paper and made tally marks to make sure. And sure enough, with only a few exceptions, only women 18 to 35 voted for the cover with the flower on it. And the majority of women 35 to 50 voted for the cover with the flower on it. Most men voted for the girl, and most women over 50 did too.
Ironically, of the four of us at Crosshair three of us voted for the flower and one of us voted for the girl. And we’re all in the target demographic. So, of course, it truly does depend on the person.
So while the demographics report gave me the information I needed, the final choice came down to my own opinion.
It was one of the most difficult choices I’ve ever made, mainly because it feels like so much is riding on this. Maybe that’s true. But I feel like I’ve made the right call. And of course people will disagree, but that’s part of the beauty of having opinions. If we all liked the same things, imagine how boring the world would be.
So now I get to announce an exciting new website where you’ll get to find all the awesome updates about Nameless and the Morningstar series: www.MorningstarDestiny.com. Eventually you’ll be able to find series information, character bios, world information, and other cool stuff.
Keep on the lookout for other updates on www.CrosshairPress.com too.
And next Saturday I might have a post about Realm Makers 2014 where I am right now!