Cover Help – Your Opinion Wanted!

I’ve been working on my series of books about the aftermath of a deadly virus sweeping the nation. My goal is to publish books one and two in the series fairly close together in time, so I’m diligently working on edits for the second book, while book one is fairly close to finished.

I’m considering trying the first book in the series, Concealed, in the Kindle Scout program.  For those who aren’t familiar, it’s an Amazon program that allows authors to post their book cover and a sample, and readers vote for the books they’d most like Amazon to publish. Given that, I’m looking to have a cover that really pops and catches eyes.

I’m considering three possibilities, so I thought I’d put it to a vote on the website (and in my newsletter) to see which cover has the most traction.  Feel free to repost/share via social media, as I’d like as many eyeballs as possible on it.

You can vote in the poll below. I’ve pasted the current blurb for Concealed after the voting area.

Which Concealed cover do you like best?

Cover 1


Cover 2

Cover 3

Poll Maker

Here is the blurb for Concealed:

They said it was extremely hard to get.
They said it wasn’t airborne.
They said there was nothing to fear.
They were wrong.

Seventeen-year-old Elaan Woodson was supposed to be one of the lucky ones. She got one of the few spots in the subterranean protection unit designed to keep select scientists, military officials and their families safe from the deadly virus ravaging the world above.

But, how lucky are you really when the people in charge and those you love keep secrets from you? While Elaan has heard that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, she’s beginning to think otherwise. And she should.

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at
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13 Responses to Cover Help – Your Opinion Wanted!

  1. Stafford says:

    I like cover 2 because of the DNA molecule background. I wasn’t sure what the background in #1 was; likewise #3 didn’t give me any hint about the story.

    Good luck!

  2. Lori White says:

    I prefer the font and formatting of Cover 1, but I like the background picture of Cover 2. Cover 2’s wording is off center which actually drives my eye more towards it being off-balanced than what the words say. Cover 3 seems very faded and somewhat harder to see. Good luck!

  3. I like the third one with the hallway, but if you were to use this, I would suggest that you drop your name to the bottom of the cover to show more of it or re-arrange the title. I like the medallion effect as well.

    You need to make your name STAND OUT MORE – bold white font would do it! Congratulations on your novel, it sounds pretty interesting. Do please let me know when it is coming out so I can review it 🙂 Kindle Scout sounds like a good way to go.

  4. I actually like all the covers but my favourite is number two. I really like the sound of the book though-there is nothing like a good viral plague book! I like the idea of the Kindle Scout thing and if I was in the US I’d be in there choosing books but sadly, being in the UK, I can’t take part!

  5. DV Berkom says:

    Toss up for me between #2 & #3, but ultimately voted for 3 since the hallway draws my eye into the picture. I do really like the twisting element in #2, though.

  6. DS McKnight says:

    I’m not sure what it is about the second one that keeps drawing my eye. Maybe it’s the twisting element – whatever it is – I like it. The cover choices are quite compelling. (#3 almost got my vote)

  7. Charles Ray says:

    It was a tossup between 1 and 3, but I finally decided that no. 3 portrays your general theme better in my mind.

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