More Cover Ideas… and Show Me Your Boobs?

Some more cover ideas…
As an aside, Jennifer and I are crunched for time and money on this project. Whatever we can get done through the Createspace cover editor is probably it. The book will be around for a long time and I’m sure there will be future editions or traditional publisher interest etc.
Also a title change for these to “How to be a Married Man” and subtitle of “with a Sex Life!” Though one of them I ran them together to get all the words in the text box.
The back cover copy is a placeholder.
The image is about the only sexy image in the Createspace files. If you have a tastefully sexy photo that could work for the cover and are willing to let me use it, I’m always pleased to look at tastefully sexy photos. I doubt Jennifer would comply with requests to publicly disrobe, he just writing about stuff is her limit of tolerance.


So anyway, shout back. I have a long work day today and can’t reply to comments for a while.

I do appreciate that critics and haters are different things. If I sound touchy, it’s because exhausted and cranky beyond all reason.


  1. Three is the best; one is OK (although the title on the spine should not overlap the dark red).

    The blocky font in #2 is no good. The use of italics in #1 is definitely a good thing to use to emphasize the excitement of sex within the appropriately serif-fonted idea of marriage.

    In #s 4,6, and 7, the dark red is oppressive. #5 is hard to read. #8 does the same thing as #2, but with an ugly white banner instead of the translucent box; also the wraparound picture in #3 is preferable to the repeated cover picture on the back in #8.

    Actually, I like cover #3 the best, but with the lower-case lettering from #1. All caps is too MARRIED MAN… it doesn't convey the subtlety of the capitalized "Married Man"

  2. I wholely agree with Tox. Cover three with cover ones lettering.

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  4. eagleclaw says:

    Yup, as stated above.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Three gets my vote, for sure.

  6. pdwalker says:

    That's an easy one.


  7. I like three the best – the colour scheme and use of the photo makes it the most attractive cover. Five also really catches the eye, however you'd need to crop the picture differently so that the focus isn't on the boobs, but the togetherness of the champagne glasses with the man-hand in the foreground and the boobs more in the background. Congratulations – looks like it's all coming together!

  8. Thag Jones says:

    Three. With one a close second just for the lettering (agree with Tox about the spine).

  9. Confidunce says:

    NONE OF THE ABOVE. The woman is not wearing a wedding ring, and you can't have a big-tittied single girl on the cover of "How to Be A Married Man With A Sex Life." Everyone will think it's a book about how to cheat on your wife. And frankly, that's more of Roissy's bailiwick. :-)

    Also, Athol, I feel unreasonably invested in your publishing this book. I'm happy to buy my copy in advance if it'll help you get over the finish line.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Photo is a placeholder and can be changed. Nice catch though Confidunce.

  11. Confidunce says:

    Don't get me wrong, though. Boobs are key. I'll look around.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Having tits on the cover is a must. Three is good for that reason. You are marketing to sex starved men after all. You need to get their attention in the store. Cover one is not bad either. It looks the most like a book you would see on the shelf.

  13. Anonymous says:


    My last post was on the page and now it's gone. I will try to recreate it as best I can.

    I've been in the book business for seventeen years and a crap cover will guarantee crap sales. Like relationships, presentation is important. It is a display of higher value.

    I don't like any of these designs, but they are better than the original idea. Again, what it is the USP of the book and what do you want the reader to get from reading the book? How to Get More Pussy without Being a Pussy? What is the essence of the book?

    I would recommend posting your cover ideas to the the publishing professionals on the Pub-Forum list. One of the list moms is Mayapriya Long, a book cover designer. You can get unvarnished advice from scads of pros here:


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  15. Anonymous says:

    Posts are being eaten.

    Do you need a picture on the cover at all?

  16. Athol: I'm sending a response to your email address.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Well, Athol,I hope you don't think I am giving you a hard time when you may be very sure about this cover. You say that a great deal of your blog readers are women and that your book will be bought by women to give to their husband. Though I understand that men would be drawn to the busty woman on the cover I agree that having no wedding ring on is a drawback. It might even be good to have more than a gold band on the model but rather a modest wedding set (band and diamond engagement ring). Women in the U.S. most typically wear these rather then a plain gold band and most but not all men wear some gold or other metal band of some sort. (I do like the Italic on the first cover.) This small touch gives credence to the focus on married men and makes it clear to women right away that you aren't promoting running around.
    The champagne and glasses may not work for men for the following reason: he thinks in nano seconds,"Does this mean I have to get fancy and have champagne and all that in order for things to go better in the bedroom? I don't want to do all that…" or-"Should I get her drunk regularly in order to get what I need?" Just a split second first impression.
    The busty woman on the cover does zilch for me (I'm very straight) though the man's hand is nice.
    Her negligee or dress is tasteful though.

  18. I like three for the image, something very similar with wedding rings would be perfect. I like the title. I'm not much of a font nerd so I won't comment on the typography. Get some rest; as you said, this isn't engraved in stone just yet, and after the initial sales to us schlubs maybe you can afford a designer. Thanks for all you do.

  19. Anonymous says:

    For me ONE is by far the best. I like the font the most and the picture is there but not in your face. As a guy…the bigger picture might draw more attention but for a woman to pick up the book it needs to draw less attention to the breast. I think number ONE is the best equalizer.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Three. Photoshop in the rings. Add italics to "With a Sex Life!"

    Looks good.

  21. Anonymous says:

    on back cover of number one: "fail her more often THAN not"….you currently have THAT.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I think you need to think a little bit about marketing and who your audience is.

    The cover is sexy (sensibly so), but it looks a lot like a book solely directed to female readers.

    If I saw this book in the bookstore, I would assume it was for women, not men.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Three is definately the eye catcher

  24. Anonymous says:

    +1 photoshop in wedding rings.

  25. Just A College Girl says:

    I like #1 and #3 the best as far as layout is concerned. I think if you're able you should make the spine opaque (and probably one color) just for ease of reading on the shelf.
    I'm thinking that this picture, particularly as is, is not for you. As other readers have mentioned, the wedding rings are essential, and, if I were buying this for my (non-existent) husband, I would be inclined to read a couple of chapters to make sure you weren't telling him how to give me the run-around. That's all well and good (because the material is good for the gander too,) but it's going to cut down on impulse buys from women a lot, as I've noticed most people aren't like me and read a chapter or two in the store.
    Besides all that, the picture seems more like a wine and dine her approach, which isn't really representative of the content, and I'm not sure that's really appealing to men more than women (or appealing to women, for that matter.) It makes me think Game guide, and men think they have to buy a lot of crap to get what they want.
    While I'm busy making a block of text, I'm going to mention that making the back cover translucent is kinda pointless if there's nothing interesting happening in that part of the picture.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I don't care for the title at all – at least if it was "Married Man Sex Life", people would instantly associated it with this website.

  27. Susan Walsh says:

    Maybe it's just me, but there's something about the male hand in 7 and 8 that I really like. It seems quite dominant, like the male is in control of the action/framing.

    Also, adding wedding rings is a must, but even then I worry that the photo is a bit too Ashley Madison. If that's not the depiction of a scene the man might really expect then it's probably going to come across as a con. I know you're limited in your choice of photos, but I feel like I want to see a couple (or a woman) looking happy, dignified and sexually satisfied.

  28. Confidunce says:

    Ditto Susan.

  29. Anonymous says:

    three is the most professional looking

  30. Anonymous says:

    Athol, some posters had commented awhile back that "Married Man Sex Life" w/ "Men want better sex, women want better men" as the subtitle would have been a good way to go, and I totally agree with that.

    With the exception of "One", I don't like any of the fonts.

    Also, PLEASE take out the exclamation mark – it's too tabloidy looking…your content is more serious and scientific.

    I don't think you should have a photo. The font on a bold red, black and white background is all you need.

  31. pray4surf says:

    Put a ring on it – both the male & female hands – photoshop would do

    With all the free stock photos available on the web, I'm sure you can find one – though it would be time consuming to browse through them all

    The spine needs to be "How to be a Married Man With a Sex Life". Left at "How to be a Married Man"

    No matter to me, I'm getting a copy ASAP. Could be in a plain brown wrapper for all I care

  32. Anon Husband says:

    I like the text in #1.

    How to be a Married Man — in larger bolded font

    … with a Sex Life — in smaller italics

    Agree that the picture should not be Ashley Madison-esque, and that the model should have a ring.

  33. haleyshalo says:

    Being that neither person in the photo is wearing a wedding band, this is probably not the photo you should be using for your book cover.

  34. 3 is best for sure. boobies sell. well i hope so i want to put my boobies on my book when i finish. but for sure do photo again and have ring haha or is 100% book about how cheat on your wife.

  35. I like the top three the best, and if I had to choose one I'd go with number 3. And Haleyshalo made an excellent point, if they're not wearing wedding bands a better photo should probably be chosen. Details are important, and for a book about marriage that's a big one.

  36. Athol Kay says:

    The photo is a stock photo and the only one remotely close to what I would use in reality. Was really looking for layout advice.


    Thank you everyone that commented.

  37. 3 is great, but if we are wanting tits to be the eye catcher here then they should be the thing in focus, not the glass of wine. But, like you said, its a place holder for now.

    And for some reason I am personally not digging the ! at the end of the title. I can't tell you why, it just makes me crinkle my nose.

  38. Michael and Jennifer says:

    I like #3 with the lettering from #1as others have said. My wife likes #1 as is.

    Grats on finishing the book!

  39. Anonymous says:

    I like 3, 7 and 8.

  40. Anonymous says:

    3 and 8, because the color scheme is blue, and the male hand is attractive. The typography in #1 is great. I would go for a picture with no booze, but the overall image is great besides that.

  41. 3 and 8 are the only two I'd even consider using as a base. The font on 8 is horrible. The picture is OK, but as mentioned a bunch of times, I think the hand really has to feature a wedding ring. Maybe a photo of a male hand (with a prominent wedding ring) holding/groping a female body part? (Ass?)

    I would take the picture out from behind the spine and the back cover. If you go with 3, there needs to be more space between the text box and the text. And the text in the box should be smaller with more leading.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I know you aren't serious about the photo, but if you want one like it then I think the dress could be white and definately the wedding rings. Just looks like you are planning on contracting out for the sex.

  43. Deansdale says:

    The first one is the best.

  44. I like that text for the back cover – it's tried, it's true!

    But this is all becoming paralysis by analysis. The book is going to be great, so take a lesson from game – the cover, whatever it winds up being, will come to be seen as a winner, because it enwraps key truths of happiness.

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