My Indie Book Cover Redesign Journey

The first version of the book cover for The Wolf of Dorian Gray – A Werewolf Spawned by the Evil of Man was a labor of love. I used my Photoshop background and went through several iterations to create my vision on the printed book cover. I was very pleased with it and many have responded that they love it. However, experts have informed me that it might not sell as well as a different design. Below are a few iterations of my indie book cover redesign journey. Please vote in the poll and comment and leave your feedback on what I have settled on for the changed book cover design for my self-published book.

Original Book Cover Design

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Version Two of Redesigned Book Cover

In the version below I tried to add some color and contrast to make the photo jump out particularly when viewed very small. Notice the difference in the thumbnails.
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Version 3 of Indie Book Cover Redesign

I was pleased with version 2 above but several people still said they preferred the white and  I wanted to correct several “issues” such as the background being too busy and some other defects. I made another version with no Big Ben in the background although I hated removing it.

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Version 4 for my Self-Published Book Cover

Version 3 was an improvement but didn’t quite have the same amount of contrast. It was received very well but the thumbnail was a little hard to make out. Also despite my love of the font’s I was informed by the experts that certain font’s are as likely to sell the book. So I made some changes in the final version below such as lightening the werewolf. Please comment below is this better or worse that the original or other versions?

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Version 5 By Popular Demand

By popular demand, version 5 which is a combo of version 4 and the original but with new fog!

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Version 6 Updated Fonts

I wasn’t happy with some of the fonts so one more change. Less yellow, more color, and shadow on legs.
Book 1 Which Cover Redesign is Better?