I ask myself this because when I recently put up my original cover for Carnival of Hope on KBoards.com, mainly visited by US readers and writers, to get opinions for the paperback cover (in order to do a Goodreads giveaway which is linked to below), the overwhelming opinion was that it was too plain and needed something else. Yet when I asked a similar question about another of my covers on the UK site Kuforum.co.uk a few months ago, the overwhelming response was that the simplicity of my covers worked, and I really just needed to increase the text size so that the online thumbnails could be read more easily.
This has gotten me to thinking about what some friends said when they visited the US many years ago. The simplest way to explain the difference between the US and the UK, they said, was that the US was like television in colour, and the UK was in black and white. Hopefully we’ve gotten a little more colourful in the UK in the intervening years, but this cultural difference which they noticed may point to a difference in tastes for book covers.
I haven’t been able to find a suitable alternative paperback cover as yet, and in order to get on with the Goodreads giveaway of the book, I’ve decided to stick with the original cover for now.
There are 5 copies of Carnival of Hope up for grabs in the Goodreads competition giveaway, so enter the competition at Goodreads.com if you’d like to win a copy.