Cover Poll for MY Next Book – You can Help!


Uncle John Needs You. I have engaged 99 Designs to create a cover for the sequel to My GRL titled His Revenge. ( to be released later in the Fall) As part of the process, I would like to engage you to provide your opinions. It is real easy. All you have to do is click  this link and vote on three covers  using one to five stars on each. This is a thriller so the cover needs to convince you to want to find out more about what is going on.

Here is the link.

I appreciate your help



  1. Some great choices there.

    1. I think so. Thanks

  2. Nice concept. Placed my vote!

    1. Thank you kind sir. 🙂

  3. That was tough. They’re all good.

    1. Now you can feel my pain. Thanks Susan.

      1. How long did it take them to submit from the time you applied?

      2. I had over 66 designs within 4 days. The first came in after about 8 hours.

      3. And you were able to narrow it down to three….sheesh…that would take me foreva.

      4. It goes pretty quick amazingly enough

  4. Voted. Really tough call.

    1. Thant’s why I had to go to the Oracle (or maybe Oriole)

  5. I’m no cover expert but I voted. 🙂

  6. All very well done but I think #59 is more to the point. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Marina.

  7. I voted John. All were pretty good. I liked #s 58 and 36 best and it was a hard choice between those two. I ended up giving #58 the highest score. I loved the red font on the gray background.

    1. Thank you Kim. I appreciate it.

  8. harmonykentonline · ·

    Love them all, John! Am voting now 🙂

    1. Thank you Harmz.:-)

    1. Thank you so much Marie.:-)

  9. I read a really useful tip for deciding on book covers. Imagine a backward 6 drawn from top left and finishing near the middle of the of the page. Where it ends has a very high focal point for readers as does the line’s journey. So what part of the design ends at the end of this number 6?
    Also what messages to the picture images give? A woman’s picture – is she the prime character? The gun sight is this an assassination?

    I’ll be brave and tell you I don’t like any of them. I did leave my comments under the pictures with my reasons. After your book covers I saw one for a book which made me think straight back to your book title. This one had a part picture from behind of a man’s arm and torso, dressed smartly in a suit jacket, he held a gun which was with centre of the book cover. To me that simple cover shouted “His Revenge” much louder than the 3 covers you’d chosen. I know I’ll be in the minority but I wanted to offer a different opinion.

    1. Thank you, Rosie I value your opinion. Yes, the subject is central and yes there is an assassin. I had hoped to capture the idea of raising an element of interest in the reader’s mind enough to maybe try a sample. The revenge in the story has many facets and none include a direct assault on the protagonist. The story line would not support the cover you describe which is my struggle. Thank you again so much for being honest and for taking the time to let me know your thoughts.

  10. Hi John have voted and left feedback for you. The main problem for me (as a graphic artist & typographer) was that all three were too ‘samey’ in mono/duotone livery. At the time of volting I actually placed them with the voting so far – so, purple/cream girl 1st, then monochrome girl, with monochrome terrorist last.
    My favourite WOULD have been monochrome girl, but the red titling was far too dark to provide a decent contrast, which gives the ‘shelf shout’ boost. Even better would be if the red elements could have a foil or glossy blood-like effect and add to the already edgy photography. Purple and cream girl won out in the current showing because I thought that kind of carried on a theme with the My GRL cover, in having a tonal effect although in a different colour of course.
    The terrorist one was the least successful in that it looked hackneyed and the backgrounds just weren’t giving it enough ‘oomph’, although maybe they might be more evocative to a US reader (is that somewhere like Arlington)? Afraid this Brit isn’t familiar enough with US military landmarks so it didn’t have any resonance for me and wasn’t as ‘personal’ as the other two in featuring the ‘target’.
    Hope this helps – cover images are so important! 🙂

    1. So helpful Jan. Thank you so much.

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