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Friday, August 27, 2010

Book Cover Design

As you are all aware, my action/thriller, Pandora’s Succession, will be available digitally as an ebook this coming fall. Was it easy to write? Absolutely not. First novels generally are not the easiest ones to write, and not necessarily the best ones that an author will write. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a writing coach and an independent editor. In addition, I had to properly research subject matter, brushing up on what I learned in biology and chemistry classes. And last but not least, it took a lot of imagination in order to bring to life my protagonist—CIA operative, Ridley Fox—as he attempts to stop a worldwide disaster.

However, no matter how well a book is written, if it is not marketed well and properly distributed, it will flop. There’s another aspect that’s important for the sales of a book—and that’s the book cover. I know, I know. We all grew up being told not to judge a book by its cover. Let’s be honest. We’ve all judged a book by its cover and trust me, the people who told us not to do so are doing so themselves.

So today, I’m going to do something a bit different. I’m going to invite everyone that is reading this to help me design the book cover. My cover artist wants me to select a celebrity in which he could mould the Greek Goddess, Pandora, after. So I’ve narrowed it down to three beautiful women. So let’s hear it. Which one of the three do you feel could be a Greek Goddess?

1. Famke Janssen

2. Monica Bellucci

3. Angelina Jolie

You can all participate by leaving your answers in the comments section below. Or if you can't post them below, leave them on my page on facebook at: The one with the most votes will be chosen.

The first five chapters of Pandora's Succession can be read at


  1. Monica would make the best Pandora, she has an innocence the other two do not (and innocence was Pandora's thing, that's why she was given the box.)


  2. I would choose Milla Jovovich... but she's not on your list.

  3. Of these three, definitely Monica.

    Will "Pandora's Succession" be available on the Kindle? I got one for my birthday, and I'm trying to get a good list of independent authors to support. :) (I'm @the_author_ on Twitter, which is how I found your post.)

  4. Monica Bellucci would make for a gorgeous Pandora.

  5. @Renz. Funny I didn't think of her, she's hot!

    Hi @baileythebookwork. I haven't seen you in a while. Yes, Pandora's Succession will be published as an ebook so you'll be able to read it on your kindle. Come to think of it I ought to get me one of those myself.

    @Jody MacArthur. Thanks

    And so far, Monica Bellucci 6-0-0

  6. Monica definitely. I have no reason. I just like her look. Maybe because she seems less bold and more mysterious.

  7. I think Monica. she has a more ethereal look.

  8. I think Monica, Angelina is so well known, she'll always be her no matter what role she is cast in.

  9. Thanks for your input everyone. Monica Bellucci wins, hands down.