Okay, I’m gearing up to publish the most ridiculous story ever written for 12 to 14 year-old-girls (primarily), Cursed! My Devastatingly Brilliant Campaign To Save The Chigg. I have a terrible time landing on book covers and thought you might want to help me out. In fact, I’M COUNTING ON IT.

Take a gander at the following VERY ROUGH MOCKUP options and leave me a comment letting me know what cover you prefer. And remember, you are judging this based on the cover most likely to cause a 12 to 14-year-old to pitch a big fit in the bookstore to get her mom to purchase the book. That’s what I’m going for.

Yes, I know there’s a way to do an online poll. And no, I don’t feel like figuring it out. So here goes…

Option 1 – Fire Girl (I just saw that the title is misspelled. Nice. Please ignore and focus on the EXQUISITE ARTWORK)

Option 2 – Housefire

Option 3 – Cracked Earth

Option 4 – Bathroom stall (classy, I know). This is supposed to look like graffiti in a bathroom stall. I’m no graphic designer, but it this one wins, just know that some skilled professional will make this image look just like a pizza dive bathroom stall. Also, I will change the color of the bathroom door. This was the example image I had to use.


14 Comments

Becky · July 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

1 then 4

Becky · July 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

1 then 4

Muriel · July 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

If you can get a graphic designer to do option four, I think it would be the most eye grabbing for young tween girls. Option one is neat too, but fromwhat I’ve seen in the restrooms at work (lots of graffiti), I think #4 would be right on their level.

    Tara Owen · July 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    1 and #4 were equally split on votes. I think #4 would have won if I’d had a better mock-up that looked more authentic. Just as you are suggesting, I’m handing #1 and #4 to the graphic designer to have them weigh in. I think the graffiti better represents the book. Thanks for the input!

Muriel · July 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

If you can get a graphic designer to do option four, I think it would be the most eye grabbing for young tween girls. Option one is neat too, but fromwhat I’ve seen in the restrooms at work (lots of graffiti), I think #4 would be right on their level.

    Tara Owen · July 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    1 and #4 were equally split on votes. I think #4 would have won if I’d had a better mock-up that looked more authentic. Just as you are suggesting, I’m handing #1 and #4 to the graphic designer to have them weigh in. I think the graffiti better represents the book. Thanks for the input!

Bobby · July 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Option one is probably best b/c the inclusion of the young girl (long hair) speaks directly to you intended audience. Title stands out best against the background too.

Option four Indicates the humor and setting well, but maybe could use some more graffiti or other element that says we’re in a girl’s bathroom. Maybe a girl’s hand (painted nails) holding some burning toilet paper?

Otherwise, Option two, is more threatening. Reading "Cursed" and seeing a burning building makes me think Firestarter. Don’t know if a girl would go "hey, burning houses, that’s me!"

Option three speaks of peril too, just in a more minimalist, corporate way. Says "adult" to me.

    Tara Owen · July 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Very insightful feedback, and very closely mirrors what I’m hearing from others. #1 and #4 are about evenly split on votes. #4 needs much more work to for it to truly have an "authentic" graffiti feel. I love the idea of the girl’s hand with painted nails. I had planned on having a strip of toilet paper hang over the top of the stall and have my name on it.

    Since #1 and #4 are so evenly split on votes I’m going to have my graphic designer weigh in and see what they think. Thanks so much for the input. It meant everything!!!

Bobby · July 8, 2017 at 3:29 pm

Option one is probably best b/c the inclusion of the young girl (long hair) speaks directly to you intended audience. Title stands out best against the background too.

Option four Indicates the humor and setting well, but maybe could use some more graffiti or other element that says we’re in a girl’s bathroom. Maybe a girl’s hand (painted nails) holding some burning toilet paper?

Otherwise, Option two, is more threatening. Reading "Cursed" and seeing a burning building makes me think Firestarter. Don’t know if a girl would go "hey, burning houses, that’s me!"

Option three speaks of peril too, just in a more minimalist, corporate way. Says "adult" to me.

    Tara Owen · July 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Very insightful feedback, and very closely mirrors what I’m hearing from others. #1 and #4 are about evenly split on votes. #4 needs much more work to for it to truly have an "authentic" graffiti feel. I love the idea of the girl’s hand with painted nails. I had planned on having a strip of toilet paper hang over the top of the stall and have my name on it.

    Since #1 and #4 are so evenly split on votes I’m going to have my graphic designer weigh in and see what they think. Thanks so much for the input. It meant everything!!!

Kate · July 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

I like the first one.

    Tara Owen · July 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    You and half the voting population have chosen #1. Must mean you have good taste. #4 received an equal portion of the votes. I’m going to have both over to the graphic designer and let him weigh in on these options. Many thanks for your consideration.

Kate · July 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

I like the first one.

    Tara Owen · July 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    You and half the voting population have chosen #1. Must mean you have good taste. #4 received an equal portion of the votes. I’m going to have both over to the graphic designer and let him weigh in on these options. Many thanks for your consideration.

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