I Picked A Cover

I decided to pick the lowest rated cover:

I made my decision to please the guy who left the following comment…

Can you pull this off? Can you honestly see yourself holding this book up in front of strangers and telling them that you wrote this book? Id snicker at the title. Hell I’m laughing now. The huuuuuuge frown on the “bats” face. HAHAHA. Fuck it, Roosh. Pick this one just to make me laugh.

Of course I didn’t select this cover, but I do like its whimsical, almost sad nature. Too bad it wasn’t well-received by the masses.

Out of the four covers I liked best, the first one I eliminated was 4, which was rated second-best by everyone.

Artistically it’s an incredible cover that captures your attention, but it’s too spiritual and doesn’t go at all with the book. A handful of voters made comments about the cover…

Seems pretnetious like you’re taking the whle I look like Jesus thing too far

Connotation for me is catcher in the rye, not the lady killer explorer feeling I think you want.

great artwork…love how the title was done, but the pic of you seems too much like some kind of fantasy novel…with sorcerers and goblins.

I eliminated 1 next. I thought the concept was clean and crisp, but a bit too minimalist. I needed something more emo.

The designer actually has a blog where he redesigns book covers for fun. It’s through his site that I invited him to participate in the contest.

It came down to 2 and 3. If I were a boss at a publishing house, the choice would be 2, since it’s a “safe” design that would appeal to the greatest number of people.

The typeface is magical and I really dig the Traffic-inspired yellow filter on the photo, which I took while in Rosario, Argentina, but unfortunately the cover didn’t really capture the mood of the book. (The designer behind it is a great guy I’ve used several times in the past.)

When I saw cover 3, I asked myself if the author read the book before he did the design. Here’s a reader comment that captures my sentiments:

This cover is “it” hands down. The dead bat leaving a flight trail behind in the shape of South America is just so elegant and ties into the title and theme so beautifully. The actual illustration of the bat, as well as the color scheme, gradient, and subtle line work in the background are well crafted as well.

I like how the dead bat has an almost comic feel to it, since the scene the book title refers to was a bit comical. This is the cover that says, “You’re about to read an amusing book that has its serious moments.” I feel good about my decision to go with cover 3, especially since it was rated highest by everyone who voted (by a hair). Honestly I could have picked any of these four covers and still been able to sleep well at night.

Here’s another comment:

i still like the original cover best; your book is not a wes anderson movie. you know your place in the zeitgiest – controversial, self-made from the internet. the original cover reflects that hustler’s attitude. the book was about the text, and i liked that the same mind who wasn’t afraid to spill his guts (and come out a bigger man than the rest of us) was the same one who said “fuck the cover” and just pasted the title and his face on the cover. if i had to choose, this one.

Funny thing is when I did the original cover I thought it was awesome, but I could no longer ignore all the complaints, along with evidence that cover does matter when it comes to sales. It may take a month until the cover is updated on Amazon, so if you’re thinking of buying the paperback, I’d hold off a little.

In other news, on November 15 I started writing the day game book. You can take a peek at my progress log (a little habit of mine is to track how many hours it takes to write a book). For the first draft I go for speed, just vomiting all over the keyboard. I slow it down when it comes time to edit.

No more bullshit—this book is finally happening. Looks like it’ll be about the same length as Bang.

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  • http://therookiedc.wordpress.com/ The Rookie

    great choice on the cover. so is there going to be a re-release of the book?

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  • Miguel Asturias

    Congrats. I concur with your cover choice, Sr. Vorek.

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    Wow, I checked out your efficiency log – you’re a BEAST when it comes to pumpin’ out content – 1,700 words per hour, that’s impressive.

    Did you work your way up to get to that point or have you always been able to pump out writing like this?

  • http://naughtynomad.wordpress.com Naughty Nomad

    Good Choice Roosh.
    Look forward to the new book. Day game is a really neglected part of the field.

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  • The Truth

    Cool. My original cover book with your picture on it will one day be an expensive collectors item. Yes!

  • hydrogonian

    Where/when was the first cover in this post ever put up as consideration for the masses? I definitely like that one the best. I connotes emotion through facial expression, which grabs the attention of humans, and the font is great.

  • Carl Sagan

    I like the little comments you jot down in your writing log.

  • Hellspawn

    I thought the first you eliminated was better since it was you throwing away your corporate life behind you and throwing yourself out into the unknown. But I haven’t read the book, so maybe that’s why I don’t get it. I just went off your blog for the past 5-7 years.

  • Spaceman

    roosh i never posted in the rating scale but i liked the cover u chose the most as well.

    it just fit your book the best….. good choice you hairy manimal

  • nathan

    3 was my favorite. Good choice Roosh!

  • Anonymous

    Roosh, whats your rough estimate when the day game book will be out?
    I think you said late 2011 in a post a few months ago. That long or maybe a bit earlier?
    I´m looking forward to it.

  • Carlos

    Excelent choice, I did like it the most. And the day game is a must… did you pick on Ferdinand Bardamu suggestion in his review of Bang and the absence of a Day Game book or it’s just coincidence?


  • Timothy

    I think cover 3 was the one I liked best, but I’m cool with the one Roosh picked. At some point, I’ll grab his books and give ’em a read.

  • http://www.artbyjoel.com jkc

    i like the art on the cover you chose but am still not crazy about that font.

  • Roosh

    3, 15: I’m using a detailed outline and manage my state on a level that some would say is neurotic. I’ll do a post about this in the future.

    12: The day game book has been in the works for a couple years now.

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    What’s an efficiency log?

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    Can I get my day game book signed? Willing to pay a little extra.

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  • Roosh

    Rookie: Yeah I’m guessing around New Years.

    11: Ask me when in 3 months. Too early to tell.

    19: I will probably not be in the country when it’s released.

  • roissy

    I predict your day game book will be epic, if the abridged manual I have is any indication.

  • http://www.yohami.com yohami

    I love the cover, but not for this book

  • InterestedParty

    You chose well! You’re right though, there was really no wrong answer. All the covers were good.

  • Anonymous

    Just don’t change the cover of Bang! Reddit’s algo uses that as the thumbnail image whenever somebody links to the Spearhead, which is how I originally found your site; I couldn’t resist my curiosity for the tantalizing imperativeness of that cover.

  • Mr. T

    Roosh, about how much a month do you make off just book sales?

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    OMG, this book cover is so cool

    However, wouldn’t it be way better with an alpha male pterodactyl or two on it? Or the disembodied head of Hillary Clinton?

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    Almost done with day bang and I havent read the other one yet…when I first came across your website over a year ago I though you were a scammer. Long time has passed and I think it’s time to buy your first book before the next one comes out…

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  • http://www.designumber18.com designumber18

    Roosh, thanks for the kind words, it was a fun project, and an honor to finish as “runner-up”. Looking forward to reading more from you.


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