Podcast Title Pages

The podcast for the prequel short story to The Beggar’s Opera is almost done, and I have to choose between these two covers to go on the front page for Youtube. Jellyfish play a role in the story, and since they are so otherworldly, I thought they might make for an interesting cover. The photographs are courtesy of my pal, Paul Gaskin, who managed to capture these marvellous animals on film as if they are parachuting from the sky.

What do you think? Which do you prefer between the first (or Big Jellyfish, as Paul calls it) and the second (which has a number of them)? Let me know!

Update: Here’s the final version!


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6 Responses to Podcast Title Pages

  1. RP Fields says:

    I like the second one. The first is cool, too, but my first thought was “mushroom” rather than “jellyfish.”


  2. Peggy Blair says:

    A pal of mine on FB thinks the second one looks like a book about contraception :-). I think it’s amazing that these are photographs of animals, and the colours are incredible. Thanks for the feedback, RP!


  3. Brian Aguinaga says:

    Peggy – The current concerns over enormous increases in jellyfish blooms worldwide makes quantity the most disturbing feature about them, thus the second cover would be appropriate … assuming that disturbing is a sentiment you are looking for. – Brian


  4. Anonymous says:

    Imho, I think the second cover looks like a bunch of sperm racing. The first one is more striking and gives a close-up view of a creature few of us rarely get to see. And the text (title, author, etc.) seem more clear/prominent in the first cover option . . . which is very important for sales.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Uh, sorry. the “Anonymous” posting is from me, Susan Gates.


    • Peggy Blair says:

      Thanks, Susan. We’re going with the bigger one, for all those reasons! Thanks, Brian — the story isn’t about jellyfish blooms, and there seems to be consensus generally that the one with all the jellyfish isn’t quite as striking as the other. Thanks for the feedback!


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