300 Days of Better Writing

June 29, 2010

Book Cover Poll, Final Round

Filed under: WritingExcellence — preciseedit @ 8:32 am

Poll closed–
Thanks for voting!

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We’re ready to publish 300 Days of Better Writing in hard copy. All we lack is the cover, and we need your help to make the final selection.

The first round of the cover image poll was a smashing success. (We gave free copies of 300 Days of Better Writing (PDF) to those who voted and commented.) From round 1, two book covers emerged as clear favorites. Those images are below, along with four new possibilities.

Here’s what you do:

  • Vote on the cover that most appeals to you.
  • Add a comment below.

Here’s what you get:

Thank you for helping us choose the cover image! Tell your friends and contacts to vote, too.

300 Days of Better Writing, Cover Option 1     300 Days of Better Writing, Cover Image 6     300 Days of Better Writing, Cover Option 7

300 Days of Better Writing, Cover Option 8     300 Days of Better Writing, Option 9     300 Days of Better Writing, Cover Option 10
(Click on images for a larger view.)


  1. Most of the time, photography on the cover of a book is what draws me in. My least favorite cover is probably the graphic of a person holding a giant pencil.

    Comment by Lorena — June 29, 2010 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  2. Going back to my original comments on the first round, the man in the tie is taking notes in a daytimer type notebook which doesn’t seem to fit your book. I like both the pencil, because it shows working and scratching out – though be careful about mixing fonts, and the golden man which to me can be larger with the subhead smaller or moved down.

    Comment by Tim R — June 29, 2010 @ 8:52 am | Reply

  3. I like the cover with the letter dropping against the white background. The image fits the book’s message and is the only cover that doesn’t feel dated.
    However, the ‘k’ that’s dropping behind ‘Writing’ is distracting. I would also make sure that the ‘300 days’ is exactly the same width as ‘of Better.’ Appears like the italicized 300 is a bit to the left.

    Man, that sounds picky. I really like this cover.

    Comment by Shalyn — June 29, 2010 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  4. Hey David. To me: 1 & 2 look like they’re already several years old. 4’s gold figure on a white background is washed out. I like the fonts and colors of 6, but the type makes me think of word processing not writing. I like the fonts of 5 much better than of 3. The pencil and rough draft look like they belong to someone working their way through your book.

    Comment by Zane — June 29, 2010 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks much to those who voted and commented so far. Your ideas are super! I know great writing, not great design, so your advice is important to me.

    The poll is open through Friday. I’ll send out the Precise Edit Training Manual on Saturday. Can’t wait to see how the results turn out.

    –David Bowman

    Comment by preciseedit — June 29, 2010 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  6. I originally voted for the gold figure holding the pencil, but now I’m having second thoughts. I think it comes down to liking parts of the different covers, but not a single one overall. For instance, I like the “man in tie” background, but not its title. I like the stark sans-serif font used in the last two covers’ titles, but I’m iffy about the “letters dropping” background. The dropping letters do work (assuming there’s no overlap with the title — see the comment regarding the “K”), but they look like a cityscape when the cover is viewed as an icon, which some people might find distracting. The “diagonal pencil on writing paper” background is fast becoming my favorite, and, as previously mentioned, I like the sans-serif font (and its color), so if I had to do it over again, I’d probably vote for the fifth cover.

    Comment by Chris — June 29, 2010 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  7. David, why don’t you hire a local designer in exchange for some writing and/or editing services? They could take your ideas and tweak them and give you one or two of their own.

    Comment by Tim R — June 30, 2010 @ 2:48 am | Reply

  8. Diagonal pencil is clean, simple, sophisticated and looks like real writing.

    Comment by Richard — July 1, 2010 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  9. Even though I voted for the Man in the tie cover, I think it is a little dated. Maybe use an image of someone in more casual clothing to appeal to a wider audience.

    Comment by GMK — July 2, 2010 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  10. I went with the parchment because I tend to like old-fashioned things.

    Comment by Thomas Burchfield — July 2, 2010 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  11. A toss-up between 1 and 6, though pen/pencil and paper seem outdated. As someone who loves words and language, I’m humbled by how difficult it is to express this concept visually.

    Comment by Paula Unger — July 2, 2010 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  12. Hi,
    I think all the covers were professionally done and have a professional look to them. The only problem is that all of these covers would be appropriate if it were 1950. I don’t know anyone who writes a literary work with a pencil anymore. The colors are too mute. I would put a little red or blue somewhere for attractiveness and eye appeal.

    I voted for the first one – man with the pencil, because it is the most attractive cover.

    Lots of luck with your book. I wish you the best.

    Comment by Anthony S. Policastro — July 2, 2010 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  13. I like the last cover choice but I believe the “of” should be in it’s on line, nestled between “300” and “Days”.

    Comment by Sonia — July 3, 2010 @ 5:15 am | Reply

  14. Thank you to all who voted and commented! The poll is closed, and I have sent copies of Precise Edit Training Manual to each person who commented.

    Based on comments, we have decided not to go with #1 (Businessman writing in planner). Now we just have to decide between #3 and #6.

    Your votes are important to this process, and your comments will inform our final decision.

    –David Bowman
    Author of 300 Days of Better Writing
    Owner and Chief Editor of Precise Edit

    Comment by preciseedit — July 3, 2010 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

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