I am making a cover for the third book in my sweet magical cat cozy mystery series.
As most people are not familiar with this type of book, here are examples of other best selling titles in the genre:
Essentially books in this genre revolve around an amateur sleuth who bakes for living, but solves murders in her spare time, with the help of a pet cat. She also learns that she has magic powers. Although she solves murders, everything is light hearted.
For my previous books, I used a badge design which was popular at the time, but now looks dated. You can see them here for reference: https://s6.postimg.org/x8q5wcoq9/past-books.jpg
However, for this new book, I want to make it more eye catching, as the current book covers don’t get many people clicking on them.
Here is my cover so far:
Most of my readers say they buy the books because of the cat on the front, so I have kept him from the previous versions. I know the subtitle is small but that will be on the Amazon page.
I’d appreciate any feedback.
I am not sure if the cover looks too dark (e.g. as if to suggest the book is sinister/horrific) . Cozy mysteries are light hearted, although as demonstrated by the covers from other books (above) it’s not uncommon for them to use a darker color scheme.
PS. Once I have finalized this third cover, I will redesign the previous ones to match, so I am not concerned about sticking to the design of the previous books.
I also know that all the best sellers use custom illustrations, but I don’t have the money for that