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Jonathan B

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Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 13, 2014 8:23 PM
 
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My best-selling series has all the covers done by the same artist. The first three books followed a single protagonist. The third cover has been called "cheesy" and was criticized in another review (all three reviews it has received so far have been five-star, with two of them rather extensive).

Now, the series jumps to a new character, a woman who takes on the original good guys (it will all come together in the fifth and final installment).

None of the four books contain sex. The protagonist in this book is more of a kick-butt warrior, and romance really doesn't come into play.

So my question is if the cover is too sexy? Is it too cheesy? Will it turn off potential readers more than it attracts them?

Thanks.
broodingnorwegian

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 6:34 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Need a link, don't we?
Emily Veinglory

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 8:19 AM   in response to: broodingnorwegian in response to: broodingnorwegian
 
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Indeed.
Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 9:54 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Sorry. It was there until the entire post went to be modded:

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Robert M McCarr...

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 9:57 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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That's downright tame.
Mr R J Peeke

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 9:59 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Yup, common and cheesy, trying too hard to be cool. |Go for simple and if you have a previous cover, stick with it.
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Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 10:17 AM   in response to: Mr R J Peeke in response to: Mr R J Peeke
 
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This is the cover for a new book. The previous cover was the one that was called cheesy. This one may be cheesy as well, though.
Sharon Bull

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 10:44 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Sorry but I disagree, I rather like the cover :)
broodingnorwegian

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 14, 2014 9:11 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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It has a certain appeal but I wonder how the title will play out over a light & dark backdrop
La Venta West

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 15, 2014 9:07 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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I like the concept and the artwork, but frankly am tired of seeing scantily women with tiny waists and larger-than-their-heads breasts to convey that she's sexy, but tough. Can't she be tough with normal sized breasts? ;) But it probably depends on your audience. It's not "too sexy", but I'm a younger woman and get irritated by these images, so yeah, it would turn me off a bit. If your audience is younger men, then it might not be an issue :)
Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:02 AM   in response to: La Venta West in response to: La Venta West
 
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La Venta West wrote:
I like the concept and the artwork, but frankly am tired of seeing scantily women with tiny waists and larger-than-their-heads breasts to convey that she's sexy, but tough. Can't she be tough with normal sized breasts? ;) But it probably depends on your audience. It's not "too sexy", but I'm a younger woman and get irritated by these images, so yeah, it would turn me off a bit. If your audience is younger men, then it might not be an issue :)

I understand your point. My main female character in the previous book was set apart by her brain. Physically, she was a little overweight..

My intent for this character was that she was a ballet wannabe, someone who as a young girl had talent, but just grew too big to be a viable prima ballerina. She finds herself as a fighter when events go in that direction. The cover, though, is what I received after two months. I had already toned it down some from what the artist first gave me the original sketch. She had the protagonist in more revealing clothing and even a bit more curvaceous. In my mind, I had more of an image of some of the female UFC/MMA fighters. But this is what I got, and I'm not sure it would be worth holding off another month or two for something different, especially if I want the book available for the December/January spike in sales.


That is why I posted here to get some opinions, and I appreciate all of them received so far.

Marcy Henshaw

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:47 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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From what I recall of your other covers I think it fits in well.
Ed M Robertson

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 15, 2014 11:26 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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The cover isn't required to be a work of art. It's to make your book appealing to people that read that genre and give your readers a mental picture of what's inside. There's nothing wrong with 'Sexy,' it's an emotion that sells. From that perspective I think your graphic nails it.
Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 15, 2014 11:33 AM   in response to: La Venta West in response to: La Venta West
 
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I have a comment on La Venta's post, but it got modded for some unknown reason. I guess it will pop up sometime after it has been vetted (half of my posts are going through the same thing for the last few days).
La Venta West

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Re: Cover Too Sexy/Over-the-Top?
Posted: Nov 16, 2014 3:15 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Like I said, it just depends on your audience - I understand how cover designs are sometimes out of our hands and I'm not accusing you of sexism or misogyny or anything ;) . I like the MMA idea though, and yes, with a body like that she could never be a pro ballerina!
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