Urgent: Feedback Requested

A friend and reader pointed out that the cover of my latest book project appears to indicate the man/husband is accusing her of doing something silly. In the story though I’m the one uttering the sentence, I’m also the one who’s done something silly. The cover as is could turn off a lot of potential readers, so I need to change it fast as wheels are in motion with the existing one.

What do you think of, “Honest Honey That’s How It Happened!” as a replacement title or something similar? Below is the current one for reference…

I’d really appreciate your feedback.

With Love,




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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32 Responses to Urgent: Feedback Requested

  1. LOVE the picture… so, if you feel you need to change anything, that new title gives a good vibe

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello Russ, honestly- to me it looks like the husband is explaining to the wife about something HE did, not her. But I agree that the title may be alittle confusing. “Honest Honey That’s How It Happened!” is a better choice. It reflects to body language of the artwork. Hope this helps. Best, Joan

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hello Russ~ Honestly, the artwork to me, portrays a man explaining to a woman who looks skeptical. “Honest Honey That’s How It Happened!” does reflect the artwork to me. Hope that helps.Best, Joan

  4. J Callaghan says:

    The artwork to me, portrays a man explaining something to a woman who seems to be considering it. “Honest Honey That’s How It Happened!” sounds perfect to accompany the scenario you are describing. Hope this helps, Joan

  5. quiall says:

    I like the new comment better!

  6. utesmile says:

    Or you could just leave it as a title not as a speech bubble. The faces look like they both could be saying it. Just leave the little flick at the bottom of the speech bubble…. The other title is fine too but you could always argue who said what really….

  7. ksbeth says:

    yes, i think that fits what you are trying to say even better – don’t change the artwork though )

  8. Mrs. P says:

    The Honest Honey title does seem to work better, though I hadn’t noticed anything odd until you posted the update.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Mrs. P. I’d had reservations about it but it wasn’t until a reader brought the primary issue to my attention did I realize the title had to go.

  9. strokedtolife says:

    I do like the Honest Honey title a bit better, though I hadn’t thought of it until you pointed it out. I’m sure whatever you choose will be successful!

  10. WHen I read the original I thought the art work captured that the man was trying to explain himself and the wife was eye rolling her exasperation. Never occurred to me to read more into it. But if someone pointed it out, someone else will probably do the same. THe change looks good for that reason. 🙂

  11. misifusa says:

    I like the new title better! Best of luck!

  12. Heatherlee Hamon says:

    I agree, it does look like he is accusing her, maybe just change the comment bubble to reflect that she is the one saying it, and you could keep the title….
    I think that would solve a few things….you would not have to change the title.


    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for the suggestions, Heatherlee. That would work. As it turns out, I decided last night based on the feedback to that point to change the title to the new one.

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