300 Days of Better Writing

May 31, 2010

Which Cover Do You Like Best?

Filed under: WritingExcellence — preciseedit @ 1:26 pm

The poll is closed.
Thank you for voting!

We’re working on the cover for the upcoming printed version of 300 Days of Better Writing, and we need your help. Please take a moment to review the covers below and vote for the one you like best. (You can click on the images for a larger view, and then use your BACK button to return to this page.)

After you vote, add a comment. I’ll send you a FREE PDF of the book (available in about a week).

Will we use one of these? Maybe. Will we take your recommendations seriously? Absolutely! I know much about effective writing, but graphic design…well…it’s not my strength. Your vote will help us decide which, if any, cover image to use. If you don’t like any of them, that’s O.K., too. Feel free to offer any advice or suggestions in the comments.

(Some images have the fotolia watermark. We haven’t purchased the images yet because we don’t yet know which one to use.)

Again, thank you.

Businessman in tie writing in notebook, Black title text          Businessman in tie writing in notebook, Dark red title text          Blue top with white title, Writing hand in middle, Yellow bottom



  1. David, I opted for the “None” vote, but if you are targeting MEN, then I vote for the “Businessman…Dark red title text”. — Emily

    Comment by Emily Stanton — May 31, 2010 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  2. I like either the jumble of letters or the parchment, unless this is just for businessmen.

    Comment by carol — May 31, 2010 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

  3. Photo illustration is the mark of a modern book. I prefer the dark red lettering; it seems to make the black bar–and the writing hand–pop forward. This push-and-pull of perception is nice in graphic design, especially when it creates depth of field.

    If the lettering is black, the black box and the lettering are on the same plane, and the picture flattens out.

    Comment by Arthur Smid — May 31, 2010 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  4. I voted NONE. As a writer, I am always looking for books to improve. As a reader who bases most of my purchases on the cover ( Its true. Love at first sight exists), I would by pass all these covers.

    Comment by daylilie222 — May 31, 2010 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

  5. I like “Businessman … black title text,” but I might play around with the font a little bit.

    Comment by Katie A — June 1, 2010 @ 3:57 am | Reply

  6. I really like the parchment/calligraphy option – strikes me it may appeal to a wide audience than those with businessman on the cover; that option may have potential buyers thinking the book is only about business writing. Just my two cents of course.

    Comment by Sam — June 1, 2010 @ 5:20 am | Reply

  7. Business man: the book is on better writing, not better jotting of notes in your calendar. Make sure the photo conveys what you are talking about.
    The disembodied arm is a bit creepy looking. I usually don’t (actually never) wear a suit while writing.
    Letters photo has potential, but overall look is bland and old.
    Parchment and quill – too overused. Go with something fresh.

    Overall look: I like the first the best.

    Comment by Tim R — June 1, 2010 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  8. I voted for the “Yellow cover with dark red text and lines” option. The Businessman ones looked like books intended solely for business-related writing, and I thought it was a clean layout.

    Comment by Sydney — June 1, 2010 @ 3:29 pm | Reply

  9. Dear David

    Have your cover typeset professionally. You might not need any graphics.

    Consider a black or charcoal cover with minimal, white type. Think plain or old school.

    Thanks for your tweets!


    Comment by Jaddie Dodd — June 1, 2010 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  10. Love the classy look of the parchment/calligraphy cover.

    Comment by Rich — June 2, 2010 @ 7:55 am | Reply

  11. Red ink for a title such as this just does not work well in my opinion.

    Comment by Sterling — June 2, 2010 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  12. I prefer the parchement. It looks more old school. And catches the eye.

    Comment by tim — June 2, 2010 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

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