Judge My Book By Its Cover

I wrote a book.

The Well of Gilgamesh: A Wampyr Novel.

There’s so much I want to tell you about it–about its inception, about the blood, sweat, and tears that went into it. I want to tell you about the story itself, how it evolved, how it came to be what it is today. But before all of that, I need something from you.

Your judgment.

“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” they say. But that’s exactly what I’m asking of you. I’m going to give you a brief summary of the book, but other than that, I just want to show you a few cover designs. Below, you’ll find five different options that I designed, all of which speak to me on different levels in regards to the book’s content, and I want you–my friends, family, and virtual  acquaintances–to help me pick the best cover for my novel.

Which of these covers speaks to you the most? Which book, if you were to see it on the shelf at your favorite book store, would inspire you to reach out to it, to peek beneath the cover and inquire as to its contents?

After examining each of the five virtual mock-ups, at the bottom of the page you’ll see the poll. Simply click and submit. It really is that simple.

But first, here’s what it’s all about:

When Ayden finally has the chance to confront his obsessive fan—the man in the red-feathered fedora—he seizes it, though it may be the worse decision of his life. It isn’t long before a dark and deadly picture emerges; his were the stories whispered by candlelight, the reason darkness is feared. He calls himself Hendrik, and he is a vampire.
Hendrik claims lineage to a pre-Sumerian tribe of naturalists who discovered the key to perpetual life through artificial selection, splicing a new branch onto mankind’s evolutionary tree: a breed of humans born into darkness, fueled by bloodlust, and living the lives of gods, laying the groundwork for the earliest surviving work of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Hendrik’s interest in Ayden is unclear, but when a centuries-old feud is reignited, a bloody turf war ensues and Ayden is unwittingly drawn into a nightmarish world of feral cannibals and preternatural carnage.
Set against the turbulent winter of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, The Well of Gilgamesh: A Wampyr Novel is a briskly paced story that combines ancient mythology and a remarkable modern scientific theory into a vivid and stirring tale of one vampire’s mysterious fixation on a local musician and another’s desire to repopulate the frozen metropolis with a new, deadlier breed of vampire.

And now, onto the covers. Behold…

Cover 1: Fedora, Blood TextCover 1 Mockup

Cover 2: Fedora, Torn PaperCover 2 Mockup

Cover 3: Blood Splatter on WhiteCover 3 Mockup

Cover 4: Stone WellCover 4 Mockup

Cover 5: Red Background (Modern, Minimalist)Cover 5 Mockup

OK, now that you’ve seen the concepts, take the following poll and let me know which is your favorite cover. Just click the button next to the cover that you like the best, then click VOTE at the bottom of the poll. Perhaps you’re torn between one design or another, and if that’s the case, by all means leave a comment. Your opinions are not only welcome, they’re encouraged! Some of you are my art and design comrades, so please, let the opinions fly! The results will be posted next week.

The release date for my novel will be posted within the next few weeks. Follow my blog to stay up to date. Feeling altruistic? By all means, tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW about my blog and my book! Thanks for stopping by!

5 thoughts on “Judge My Book By Its Cover

  1. I am torn between covers 2 and 3.

    I can read the title more easily in 2; cover is a little more dramtatic in 3.

    Both are winners!

  2. At 1st, I was torn between covers 1 & 3, but realized the title was hard to read. No. 4, Stone Well is my favorite.

  3. I like #2 the best, as it is the most visually rich (along with #1), but I think #4 (image of the well) would sell the best because it is pretty self-explanatory. Even without the title I think the viewer has an idea of the general mood and direction of the novel. It is not as subtle as the first two (with the fedora), but subtlety is often wasted on the general public. (Yes, showing my elitist streak here. 😉 )

    My partner would have been very interested in your book, as he read a lot of horror/mystery novels, but I’m afraid it’s not a genre I have much affection for myself. I do like the combo of scientific theory and ancient history. If and when you have the book available for sale let me know & I will mention it to some friends who I think would be interested.

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