An ebook version of The Peat-Free Diet is still a little way off, but for the past couple of days I have been working up some possible covers. I have four current candidates, and I am showing them here so that you can comment and/ or pick a favourite. I have shown them small, because ebook covers have to work when small, but click on each image to load a larger version.
Option 1: Limp
This was my first design, and although I love it aesthetically my mum hates the ‘limp’ vegetables and since limp plant growth is not what you get on the peat-free diet, this cover probably doesn’t work. They’re being composted, by the way, that’s the point of this image.
Option 2: Glow
My mum suggested nice, healthy vegetables might be in order – but the PFD is about gardening generally, so this cover showcases a stunning, healthy (and edible) flower. I also appear to have generated my own optical illusion, since the bands at the top and the bottom are exactly the same colour, but don’t look like they are.
Option 3: Lush
This is another cover all about lush, healthy and peat-free growth (and another stealthy edible :) I was aiming for fuchsia with the band colour (they’re all colours taken from the image) but may have achieved eye-watering purple instead.
Option 4: Vital
This one came about while I was wondering if the book’s title implies some kind of deprivation. I thought “celebrity diets are always popular” and so I put myself on the cover (this is firmly tongue-in-cheek, so no comments telling me to get over myself!). The first three photos are mine, but Pete took this one.
Would any of these cause you to stop and find out more about the book? Do you have a favourite? Am I way off the mark? Feel free to post constructive criticism in the comments, and let me know if your choice would be Option 4: None of the above.