I love seeing an author's covers from various countries. Two Cover Cafe committee members (Leigh and Lee), were discussing several covers from both the UK and the US. What would happen if the different styles for the same romance competed against each other? Which style would win? Lee sent the links to me with the questions and I'm showcasing them in Dear Publisher in a side by side comparison. Do you prefer the UK covers, the US covers, or a combination of both?
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The first two covers are from the Alternate Reality category. The UK cover is pretty, except for missing 1/2 of the heroine's head, but the US cover signals AR immediately and I love how her shawl resembles wings as she spins.
UK vs US
I had to smile at the next two groups of competitors. The UK marketing strategy features the heroines walking their pets in pretty outdoor settings. The US marketing strategy eliminates the heroine completely and shows the canines all cozy inside their abode. I guess US priorities lean towards pets and not heroines?! I like all of them but my favorite is the two canines under the covers.
UK vs US
UK vs US
The last two covers are similar in style and I can't choose one over the other. They both show a park but no one is walking...except the pigeons.
UK vs US
In this duel, I vote for the US covers but just barely. What's your verdict?
I liked the U.K version even with the cropped head over the U.S on the Kearsley, but on the Dillon, I liked the U.S. Versions (love me some dogs). On the Mansell there is not that much difference but I think I like the U.S. version. It is more colorful.
Gut reaction was I liked the UK covers of the first 3 and then the US cover on the last. If I keep looking I enjoy the dogs on the US covers but I would think they are stories about dogs rather than about people. I like the Secret to Happy Ever After with the dog but the second one I didn't even notice there were 2 dogs until it was mentioned.
I generally like UK covers better. I've ordered from them before if they have a book I REALLY want that I can't get in the US or Canada. They're easier on the eyes and less "jarring".
Sharon from Florida
It looks like UK has a slight edge in this showdown. I agree with Cindy S. regarding dogs sans humans sending the wrong message. A cover should visually signal the genre. They are cute but they do not say "Romance". I still love the canines but the UK covers let the buyer know there's romance inside.
Kearsley - US cover
1st Dillon - UK - what is wrong with this picture? She is walking toward us but her head is looking in the other direction according to her hair. Since it is not a very clear pix it is kind of hard. Do not like the US either.
2nd Dillon -Dogs are not lost they are in your bed. (that is a nono for me). So I go for the UK
Marshall - Both are cute, but in the store, I would have pass them over.