Brian and Michelle Jacobsen, two of my readers, put together these two book covers for the upcoming book, which I think I will be self-publishing on Kindle. (Conventional book publishing isn't quite dead, but books like this aren't of interest to them.) You can read the first few chapters of an early draft here.
Which of these titles makes you more inclined to buy a book? Also, I am trying to figure out an appropriate price point. Is it $0.99? Is it $1.49? Is $1.99 too high? I would like to make some money, of course, but restarting discussion of the deinstitutionalization policy is my primary goal, and if I reduce my profit a little but get more people reading the book, that's fine.
The first cover is a bit more artistic, and some of you will recognize it as derived from an open source picture of a homeless person in Eastern Europe.
The other cover possibility is derived from a picture that I took in 2004 of an apparently mentally ill man who had climbed scaffolding in downtown Philadelphia. Police were attempting to talk down someone who was clearly terrified and obviously not in touch with reality.