Font Porn: Help me choose a cover for my next ebook

This ebook publishing thing is going pretty slow. I published my first, “The Biggest Man in Lilliput,” in December, and now here it is June and I haven’t yet finished my second.

But I’m almost there. It’s called “Mr. Shaddo.” It’s a science fiction comedy adventure short story. And I’m getting to the point of selecting a cover.

This time around, I used these instructions for creating an ebook cover, and bought stock art from DreamsTime.

This is the art I selected for the cover. The artist is DiversePixel, aka Yvonne Less, of Bathurst, Australia. The image doesn’t illustrate any particular scene in the story, but it captures the mood. I chose to use only part of the image; in the part I’m using, the giant alien moon just makes the sky look alien. Which fits the story nicely.

Now here’s a nice stroke of fortune: This image of a space city in orbit around an Earthlike planet would do nicely as the cover of the novel I just completed in rough draft. That novel is set (where else?) on a space city in orbit around an Earthlike planet.

Then I started fooling around with selecting a font for the cover. I’m having trouble deciding between them so I’m asking your opinion. Which do you like best? I’m tempted to go with the handwriting font, but I know if I do I’ll regret it, like I regret wearing a cowboy hat for a brief time in the early 80s (Thank John Wayne I’m not aware of any photos of me surviving from that haberdashery disaster!), or using the Comic Sans font for everything in the late 90s.

Let me know which you like best (click the image to get to the image gallery, then the image there to see it full-size — sorry for the extra clickage):

Arial Black

Helvetica Neue

Georgia

Impact

Handwriting Dakota

4 thoughts on “Font Porn: Help me choose a cover for my next ebook

  1. Pingback: Here’s the cover for my next ebook, “Mr. Shaddo.” « Mitch Wagner

  2. Yvonne Less

    Hello Mitch,

    I wanted to say thank you for using my image for your book cover. I just found it via Google search. I also thank you for giving me credit and for linking the image to my website! The image itself is not available at Dreamstime anymore but on other stock pages.
    Thanks again and I wish you many sales and interested reader for your book!
    Cheers
    Yvonne

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