I have what is, for me, an exciting update.

I'm in the middle of getting The Adventures of Norman Oklahoma Volume One ready to publish as a paperback.

I got my first proof copy this past Wednesday:

I'm not going to show you a picture of the cover, the spine, the back, or any of that.


Well, I didn't order the proof with the final cover. Mainly because I hadn't picked the final cover. I knew that I should use the cover I'd created for the ebook, but I wasn't sure how that would print. Meaning that the two images behind Norman that are on the current cover, I wasn't sure how their resolution would work out when it came to the whole printing thing.

So I used Amazon's cover creator, which is terrible, and slapped the ebook cover on top of it.

The print quality is pretty great. So I set out and put a final cover together.

But here's the thing. I had assumed that the original cover wasn't going to work, so while I was waiting for the proof to arrive, I put together this cover.

Now, I'll be honest with you. I felt that this cover was vastly superior to the other. So even after the proof had come in, I had decided that I was going to use the cover with the minotaur.

I felt that it showed that Norman fought monsters, or at least you could look at the cover and see that a monster was going to be in the book. I didn't feel the other cover showed that in any way.

But then, when I showed the proof to my kids, and then I showed them the "new" cover I was going to use, my youngest told me she didn't like the cover with the minotaur.

I also showed the minotaur cover to a friend as well. While he liked it, he didn't think it was the better of the two.

So now I was torn.

So, I sent both covers to a number of people, and the top cover was more liked over the minotaur cover by over half.

OK, well, that made my decision then, right?

Not quite. One more thing I had to keep in mind was how would the book cover look on the web.

See, if you go to Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or Apple Books, and such, you see the book covers at about 220 pixels in height.

That's not very big. When folks are browsing these sites, that's what they see, these tiny little covers. So, if you want to pull those people in, you need to ensure that your cover looks good at that size.

So, I took both covers, made them tiny, and looked at them side to side.

Well, to me, the minotaur cover looks better at that tiny size. But then, I don't know if I can trust myself anymore.

So what do you think? Which do you like better? Which one should I use? Leave a comment and let me know.

In the meantime, I've order a new proof, and I've used the minotaur cover. I should have that in the middle of next week.

Maybe, when I see it, I'll just know if that's the cover I need or not. Regardless, it's the last proof I'm ordering because I know already that the interior is good.

That means that there's a good chance that by this time next week, I'll have a link for you to purchase your very own copy!

Then maybe I can get back to writing Volume Two.

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