Alternative Design for Lost Days Cover

Needs fine tuning, but I'm leaning toward having a "face" on the cover.

Needs fine tuning, but I'm leaning toward having a "face" on the cover.

The publishing industry seems to think that people buy more books with faces on the cover.  In particular, they think the reading public (something like 58% of which is female) likes female faces on the cover.  I’m not a fan of faces, but I’m not a female.  The protagonist is a 15-year-old girl, so in this case I think it makes sense.  I have some work to do on the image, some blending and lighting, etc., but I’m thinking this may be the direction I’m going with cover for Lost Days.  The back is not included here, of course, but you get the idea.  Any thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Alternative Design for Lost Days Cover

  1. As a female book reader and purchaser, I wouldn’t say that I was particularly drawn to books with faces on the cover. However, I will say, a frightened or troubled expression on a young girl’s face on a cover would not be of interest to me. Can she look hopeful, thoughtful, preoccupied?


    • That’s actually a good point. I scoured stock photos for about an hour last night trying to find a girl who I thought had the right look for Hayley. This girl matched, but I wasn’t sure about her expression. She is strong and defiant, but she also involves herself in a murder mystery that leads to some serious trouble. I guess the trick is finding the expression that conveys all that. Thanks for the input. It helps.

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