Monthly Archives: February 2015

Why so many covers, Bev?

FSS 2015 cover

or…do people judge books by their covers?

People are asking, so here’s what’s been going on.

When FRESH START SUMMER first released with a medium-sized publisher a few years ago, the cover was chosen for me. Here it is:

Fresh Start Summer2-1-1I started getting feedback right away, and most of the comments were that it was “cheerful” and “light” but then people started asked how sales of my “children’s books” were doing. Ugh.

And then book two, Grace & Maggie Across the Pond had the same “feel.”

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The publisher found some stock art and added lovely graphics, the layout was beautiful, I can’t complain. But the covers weren’t telling readers what was inside. (Rainbows and unicorns?)

They used to say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but with the evolution of digital media and all the screens we use to shop and sell with, the cover art on books has become one of the most important parts of reaching readers and quickly conveying what’s inside. Cover artists realize cozy mystery readers expect colorful graphic animation art, and a romance reader looks for six packs (not of beer). Ahem…

So when the rights reverted to me, I wanted to recover the Cherryvale books so their true interior style was obvious from the outside. I didn’t have a big budget or a lot of time, so I used my own photography and a template on Amazon’s createspace. Here’s what that one looked like. A little closer to the feel l wanted:

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When Fresh Start Summer won an award recently I realized I HAD to redesign the book to give it the respect it deserved. And with two weddings and a major household move behind me, I finally had some time. So far, I’ve recovered all the Seasons books, beginning with the Kindle versions.

Here is how Fresh Start Summer looks now. I used the picket fence shot again, but now I think the graphics and Grace’s pink cruiser evoke cozy small town fiction even better. What do you think?

FSS 2015 cover

It may take some time for Amazon’s pages to reflect the new covers, but I hope the new covers help the stories find readers who enjoy them.

What do you think of covers? What do you look for?

Thanks for stopping by! Bev out.