Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time for a Makeover

Back in 2004, when I made my first forays into publishing digital books were a very minor part of the market. Eight years later that has changed significantly. Sometimes it takes me awhile to catch onto trends and, though I know I've been darn lucky selling digital books it sometimes seems that is in spite of my efforts instead of because of my efforts.

Recently on a writer's forum I participate in someone mentioned freshening up your book covers and I started thinking about that. I get a lot of compliments on my covers but many of them -- especially the older ones -- were designed with print media in mind instead of digital and how they would look in a thumbnail size on computer screens. So this week I decided to start "making over" some of my covers. Two of them required total overhauls. My two short stories about revenge Home-made Pie & Sausage / Killing Julie Morris had the world's most boring cover so I decided it was the first to be freshened up and this is the result:
Quite a change, isn't it? The best thing is within 24 hours of uploading the new cover I saw a nice uptick in sales!

The other cover that needed an overhaul was Arthur's Story: A Love Story. I liked the old cover but it was sort of dull. Also, as I am getting to be better known, I felt my name needed to be more prominent. I wanted to keep the World War I photo because that anchors the story in time but I wanted a softer, more inviting look and this is what I settled on:
I think it is much prettier and more "inviting."

With those two redesigned I thought it might be a good idea to freshen up some of my other covers. I didn't want to mess with the overall design, just give them a little refreshing to make them more attractive in small sizes. I started with my best-seller, The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic:
As you can see, it's a little brighter, my name is at the top (I have struggled with this - I find it hard to emphasize my name) and it's somewhat brighter. Then I moved on to my second best seller, Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter (which has a sequel coming soon.)
I'm very pleased with this one!!! So now they are all uploaded to Amazon, B&N (the ones that they sell) and my web sites. I'm working on a few others and will post them next week but this is fun and a good thing to so while thinking about the works in progress.

Thanks for reading. 

1 comment:

  1. Kathleen, I totaly agree with you re updating covers.
    Your changes make all the difference in the world!

    Much clearer and inviting! And yes your name should be above the title. Authors forget how small covers are online, think postage stamp, and too-crowded covers
    just confuse the readers. I also really like the brighter colored titles. They jump out! Congratulations!

    Kiana Davenport


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