After three intense rounds of voting, I'm honored to announce that your front cover of Soul Cycle Book III is:
What this tells me is that, while Cover 3 is the voters' favorite, Cover 2 has a significant following. Many voters with design and publishing backgrounds also made strong cases in favor of Cover 2.
In light of these circumstances, here is my proposed solution:
|Back/front cover spread|
Thanks again to everyone who participated. My beta readers report that they are working diligently to generate feedback on SK's second draft, and there's just one book ahead of mine in Jagi's editing queue. Marcelo also assures me that finalizing the cover won't take long. All of this means that we're right on schedule for a Christmas season release.
Which also means you've still got time to buy and read the first two books in the Soul Cycle.
UPDATE: Since posting the results of round 3, it's been suggested that retesting the covers with text added might very well yield different results than previous tests of the clean versions. Because my goal is to determine the most effective cover, I must take this new information into account.
Short version: It's time for a lightning round!
This time it's for keeps. Which cover do you like best?
UPDATE 2: Lightning Round results:
- Cover 3 with 11 votes
- Cover 2 with 5 votes
- Cover 1 with 3 votes
Interestingly, putting the versions with the title and byline to a vote galvanized support for Cover 3. In light of these results, I will go ahead with the plan outlined above to have Marcelo finalize Cover 3 as the front cover and Cover 2 as the back cover. I'll also pass along the formatting changes suggested by D.J. and Jeff in the comments.
I appreciate everyone's kind indulgence during the testing phase. Thanks to you, we can expect The Secret Kings to have the most successful launch of any Soul Cycle book.