Thanks to the hundreds of people who voted in the Indie Cover Hall of Fame competition. The response was amazing, and we had some truly brilliant covers to choose from! And thanks to cover designers Berni Stevens, Bryan Hamilton and Chris Howard for sharing their advice with us for free.

OK, so here are the results of the public vote:

1st Place

inceptioNominated by Helen Hart

2nd Place

groomNominated by Cathy Bramley

3rd Place

UnravellingNominated by my good self!

It was a pretty close-run thing, I can tell you! All the covers nominated for the competition were worthy winners, and a fantastic showcase for the standard indie authors can achieve. You can click on the book cover to go straight to the Amazon link and buy! The only one of these three I’ve read so far is Unravelling (a brilliant book, well worth a read), but the others look fascinating too.

Now for the choices of our professional cover designers. Bryan’s favourite was The Seven Steps To Closure by Donna Joy Usher, and both Berni and Chris opted for Don’t Tell The Groom, which I have to confess was my favourite too. Chris said: “Great use of illustrations to frame the cover and great use of the dress  silhouette to house the text.”

I’ll be contacting the authors of the winning titles and inviting them to come on the blog and talk about their cover design processes. In the meantime, let me know if you’ve enjoyed this competition and I’ll run it again next year. This post marks the last in my We’ve Got it Covered series – details of all the posts can be found in the Self-Publishing Guide link above.

So, over to you – what do you think of the winning covers? Were you disappointed not to see your favourites here? What do you think they all have in common? (Or don’t have in common?) Looking forward to reading your comments …