I know the old saying goes that you can't judge a book by it's cover, but that doesn't stop us all from trying. Let's face it, when your perusing the shelves and shelves of books at a bookstore, the covers are what draws your eye. Your mind makes snap decisions from what you see and whether or not your hand reaches out to turn the book over and read the description.For example, if I'm looking in the romance section and see covers that are steamier than my sensibilities, my eyes pass right over it because I'm assuming it has more graphic love scenes than I would like. This may or may not be true, but I do make that snap judgment. Now you may think that ebooks rely less on covers but you would be wrong. Your cover still makes the first impression and you have another obstacle in your way. Your cover is in small thumbnail size when your prospective reader first sees it. You need something that will catch their eye enough to have them click on it to see the picture close up and then they have the description staring them in the face as well.
I've been listening to "The Appendix" podcast lately and one thing they talked about in their self-publishing episode, was the things you should pay money for when self-publishing. The cover was one of those items they strongly suggested.
Choice #1 is "Mommy Writer"
Choice #2 is "Pot 'O Gold"
Choice #3 is "Riding into the Sunset"
Which cover draws your eye the most? Which one would get you to click on it? I am putting the covers on the sidebar along with a poll for you to click on the one you like the best. Be sure to weigh in and let us know your favorite!