Please comment on a beautiful sleeper

In 2001, my novel, Sleeper, Awake won an international award for science fiction. Then the publisher went out of business, and the book was accepted by another, which stopped operating in 2020.

So, I asked Victor Volkman of Loving Healing Press if he would market it for me if I self-published.

Instead, he has adopted it as one of his own babies, and is now working on cover design. He and I will both be grateful if you can say what you like and dislike about each of the three draft designs in the picture. We can refer to them as 1. Orange, 2. Red and 3. Green.

You can vote for one, or suggest modifications, perhaps combining features from the three.

With thanks and caring,


About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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13 Responses to Please comment on a beautiful sleeper

  1. TA Sullivan says:

    I like the softer edges of the woman’s photo in the green cover and I like the title (the way the two words are linked at the first letter makes it intriguing and interesting); however, I don’t really like the green color. The orange color is a happier, more inviting color (to me).


  2. vvolkman says:

    I don’t put in academic credentials on fiction books, it’s just offputting to the reader.   “Well, the guy that wrote it had a PhD, maybe I need a Phd to read it?” Also, I NEVER use the credential “Dr.” unless the author is an M.D.  This is a corporate policy that I have to avoid confusing readers. I would not advocate big names for authors who aren’t household names.  Pretending you are a household name when you aren’t makes you look like poser.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Victor. I agree. Often I see a book with the author’s name in huge font, and it’s someone I’ve never heard of.
      I have occasionally considered adopting a middle name (“Trouble”?) just to distinguish myself from others who dare to share my name.


  3. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    Dear Bob: I am copying Victor

    Congratulations to both you and Victor. Green. Feels like sleep. Nice large title. Now, make your name bigger and throw in your doctorate (whatever that is, you don’t use it very often) or at least Dr. ) and it is perfect. Did ZAC design do it? Victor is pretty good at covers, too.

    By the way, why bigger name. Look at the books in the airport bookstores! Huge names. As I say in The Frugal Book Promoter, hardly anyone remembers all of Stephen King’s titles but they sure remember his name. Eventuall (maybe right now!), your name will sell books. And this will often be seen in thumbnail!

    As you can tell, as a marketer, I am pretty passionate about this!



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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Carolyn, THANK YOU. I agree with your points. I like the large, visible title in that version. Victor reserves Dr. for medical people for some reason, but might come at Ph.D. an advantage of having something like that is to distinguish me from the other dozens of Bob Rich and Robert Rich authors haunting the world. One writes about big-game fishing, which I consider to be murder.
      I also like the green, because this is an environmental novel.


  4. sandra214 says:

    Let me add that your book may never need to be in a book rack at a store or exhibit but if it does, the title will get lost at the bottom of the cover.

    Congratulations on finding another publisher. I did that with 3 of my educational children’s books when they were canceled by the initial publisher. When you know the book is good, you need to keep it on the market.

    Good luck with it!

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  5. sandra214 says:

    I’m a sucker for turquoise green so that would be my choice. Also, having the title LARGE at the top jumps out a you. After working as a sales rep for years for various small publishers, books with titles on the cover bottom were hard to see in book racks. Because of that, I always vote for titles to be big and on the top of the cover.

    That’s just my opinion.

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  6. Joan Y. Edwards says:

    Dear Bob, I like 3. The other colors look washed out and the red looks clear and inviting!

    Go Bob!
    Never Give Up


  7. Margaret Goodman says:

    Bob, how wonderful to have your book adopted!

    I have not read the book, so I don’t know if my following comments are relevant.

    Does the sleeper have to be a Caucasian woman? Could her hair be black, , her skin darker , her nose flatter, her lips fuller?

    Wishing you the best with the book,

    Margaret Goodman

    Sent from my iPhone



    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      No, Margaret. She has reddish-blonde hair in the story. Her white skin actually makes her an oddity, because dark skin is highly valued on a very much more tropical planet.
      Which if the three do you prefer? Or mix and match?


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