Briizy Wrote: Reviving the thread after adding this image... I think I prefer it over the black and gray one, and it's more visible than the original artwork on the RR homepage (on top of it fitting the genre more closely). What do you think?
would be best in my opinion, that's just my thinking
The second one is eye catching as well but if I'm honest that's mostly because it has a dragon on it... Maybe if I were a guy I would notice the girl more as well. It's not as colorful. The second seems more business and serious like to me and the first is more inviting and makes me want to jump in.
I guess ultimately it come down to which one you feel embodies you writing better.
I’ve heard time and again that authors are the worst judges of covers (sorry all authors in here, this info comes from established authors selling for 6 figures each year, so I don’t feel I can argue that point personally) and how surprised they are at the results when they bring a poll to the readers. So maybe you could pose the question to them instead. Or, if that’s not a good choice, go onto amazon or kobo and look at the most popular books in your genre. Those covers have pulled readers from a similar environment even though they have a paywall, so they must be doing something right.
If a high fantasy reader wants to read high fantasy, I’d go for the second or third cover, because they clearly portray your genre. But I’d still recommend studying pages such as amazon :) especially since you really have the skills to make it pop! (Just a bit envious)