Help Me Choose a Book Cover for My Corporate Thriller

As mentioned in my last few posts, I'm very close to publishing a fiction corporate thriller on banking. I'm probably a week or two away from the final product, but for now monkeys, I need your help choosing a front cover.

Let me know which ones you like best and if you don't like any of them, that's a useful comment as well. Also, feel free to click follow on my profile for updates on the final publication date. I will also likely post an excerpt on WSO soon.

Cover 1 - Light Blue:
Light Blue Cover
Cover 2 - Dark Blue:
Dark Blue Cover
Cover 3 - Grey with Charts:
Grey with Charts
UPDATE: Based on the responses on here and those in real life, I'm leaning toward option number 3. I got the color theme changed to make it even less textbook-like. What do you think of this version below in comparison to the grey background frozen assets [[email protected]] petight TMD777 rezjopls or anyone else that would like to comment?

Also, thanks to the commenters with the ominous sky cover idea. I will likely do a second cover for the ebook and may explore something like that. Looking forward to sharing the final product with the WSO community.

Cover 4:
Cover 4 Light Blue

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Comments (30)

Jun 6, 2021 - 10:39am

Number 2 looks attractive enough, I´d shorten the subtitle a bit, to something like "A Hero´s Journey in a Mundane Hellworld" or "A Guide to Yuppie Greatness". Otherwise it clashes with the main title and, let´s be honest, decriptive mega-long titles are so 17th century. Please notify us when the book is being published, I´d like to be your first reader.

Jun 6, 2021 - 11:03am

Yeah, that's one of my concerns as well. Went to three different designers and all came back with textbook-like covers. Second option is probably the least textbook. Like the Margin Call poster - actually probably more intense than the movie itself but it does draw you in.

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Jun 6, 2021 - 12:38pm

I think number two has potential. Big thing I'd say is change the subtitle. If you hadn't mentioned it was a fictional corporate thriller I would have guessed it was some guide book to break in to/succeed on Wall Street. I wouldn't include things like "A guide..." and "finding yourself"

Monkey see. Monkey Doo [Doo].

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Jun 6, 2021 - 1:09pm

Yeah, I've been going back and forth on this myself. My goal was to make the title sound so ridiculous that you click on it regardless and then the book description fills you in on what it's about.

Jun 6, 2021 - 2:18pm

Do you think the problem could be solved by just changing it to "A Story of Making a Bunch of Money, Screwing the Biggest Hedge Funds in the World, and Find Yourself"?

Jun 6, 2021 - 5:31pm

3rd looks the best imo, but they all look like textbook covers. Get an artist to draw something up!


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Jun 6, 2021 - 5:38pm

Try again! I'm sure you can find something better!
1 looks like a WSO course, 3 looks like Econ 101, 2 looks like a udemy cover on a course on trading where they gave up on the font.
Maybe try to make it more reflective of the content of the book in a less generic "financey" way.
The font from the big short (movie) is more bank-like and also the movie cover at least gives you this impression 'look at these 4 guys that came together" in a way.
The subtitle is kinda long and feels like the way sb that is lazy to talk about it would explain it. If you were trying to make it more provocative maybe shorten it a bit

Jun 7, 2021 - 9:54am

It still looks like a textbook. Tbh you could have a solid color as the cover and it would do better.

Your subtitle makes it even more textbooky. 

Something even  very simple like "a fictional tale of a kid looking to make millions" works

I think using terms like hedge funds gives it a technical-y vibe which would be a turnoff for the broader audience


Jun 7, 2021 - 9:54am

I'd go 2, 3, 4, 1, in terms of rankings, with a large chasm between 3 and 4. Agree that the subtitle is a bit long but I'm more of a consumer than creator of art/literature so unfortunately I don't really have suggestions other than maybe dropping the hedge fund part. 

Don't spend all night on this but have it to me by 9AM tomorrow, thx.

Really excited to read the final product.

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