Hey, guys. Let me know if I'm out of line posting this, but we got a concept sketch for one of my books in on Friday. It was totally not what we were expecting, and we're still trying to decide if that's good or bad. I showed it on my blog, and got a lot of responses. The problem there is that the people who read my blog are, in general, people who read and like my books. My editor and I were discussing ways we could get opinions from fantasy readers who weren't quite so Brandon Sanderson biased.
So, I thought of you wonderful folks here at Westeros. If you have an opinion on this cover, let me know. Would you pick the book up, assuming you'd never heard of the author and you found this in the fantasy section? Know that it's only a concept sketch, by the way, so it's not finished. Assume that the final version will look much like this, only far more polished.
I think it's pretty cool that Brandon would seek out readers' opinions, good or bad. You can read and follow the entire discussion here.
Feel free to offer your two cents!:-)