I'm not a big proponent of focus groups, but I'd still like your opinion on these two cover images. We have a title called Blogging Heroes that's coming out in the not too distant future. It's by Michael A. Banks and it features wisdom and wit from some of the world's most successful bloggers, how they got to the top of the rankings and recommendations they have for the rest of us.
We've narrowed our cover designs to the two you see in this post. The one on the left is more humorous and the one on the right is more traditional, if you will. What we're finding internally is that you generally love one of these and don't care for the other, but the opinions are split almost 50-50 between the two.
So which cover do you prefer? If you were browsing the bookstore, in person or online, does one of these jump out at you more than the other? I assume that since you're reading this blog you'd be interested in what these blogging heroes have to say, so you're definitely part of the target audience.
Let us know. Either add a comment to this post or, if you're too shy for that, send me an e-mail with your thoughts. I can't promise you that we'll go with the majority vote on this. I also want to note that we may go one way initially and then change our minds and go another way afterwards...it wouldn't be the first time we switched cover designs partway through the schedule!
Finally, keep in mind that these are rough mock-ups at this point. For example, the image of the caped office hero on the left is just one of several from a few different image providers that we're currently considering. It's not so much about that particular image as it is about comparing the tongue-in-cheek approach vs. the other one.
Our goal is to make a final selection in the next couple of days. As a result, if you want to be heard on this, please add your comment or e-mail me by the end of the day tomorrow, 7/10.
P.S. -- As you look closely at these covers (and Amazon's description), please keep in mind that the list of heroes is ever-changing! Much of the work is already completed but each week Michael comes up with a new addition to take the place of someone else who may have been too busy to participate in the project. Consider the list of names nothing more than placeholders for now...