The Wolf of Oberhame series has always been the hardest for me to design the “right” cover for. I have struggled with it repeatedly, but thanks to the magic of Amazon, I actually get the chance to try again, and again, and even again if I still haven’t gotten it right.
And, let’s be honest, I’m not exactly some veteran author who has been there, done that, and knows exactly what will grab the reader. I need to experiment a little.
On the flip side, I have the luxury of being able to make my own covers. I studied design and advertising layout, so have some basic knowledge of how this is done. Granted, it could all be outdated, and I’ve learned that scale is rather important, but I have that knowledge.
For those who know, this is also the one aspect that has slowed down a few of my releases. Getting something that WORKED for the When We Were Dancing cover has been a bit painful. Finally managed, and……..realized why I am not in love with the above covers. The scale is all wrong.
What people care about isn’t the scene, it’s the character!
I should know this. I mean, that’s what I write about. Where they are, what they do, and how they do it are all symptoms of the person involved in the story. Every book I write is a character driven novel. Bringing these “people” to life is my goal… but I designed covers built around the scene?
And so, I’ve rolled out new covers for these two books, and When We Were Crowned will have one that matches. I have yet to see how this will affect sales, as they’ve only been live a few days. It’s a learning process,and I’m trying to learn fast.