One of the cool things about being an indie author is the freedom we have to make changes to our books when needed. For example, I recently decided to give one of my book covers a makeover in hopes of making it more marketable. Because, let’s be honest, we do tend to judge books by their covers—tell me I’m not the only one! ;)
This particular book, Tropical Kiss and Tell, has actually been through two makeovers since it was published in 2017. Here’s a look at the first two covers I gave it.
These are the reasons why these covers didn’t work out well:
- Neither one grabs your attention at first glance, especially the feet-only one.
- Some of the text is hard to read.
- They don’t look professionally made (which they weren’t!).
These covers also didn’t properly reflect the genre of the book. Feet-only covers, like the one on the left, are common for Young Adult books, which this book is not. Also, a reader once told me the woman’s strapless outfit (on the right cover) seemed inappropriate for a Christian romance. While this may have only been one person’s opinion, I did appreciate hearing it. So with all of these reasons in mind (not to mention, a lack of sales), I decided it was time to make a change.
And I’m so thrilled I did! Are you ready to see the new cover? Cue the drum roll, please!
As you can see, I chose to have a single man on the cover because this seems to be the latest trend in romance. My wonderful critique partner, Kristen, lent her Photoshop skills to help me add fancy font for the text, as well as some gradient color at the bottom to make my name stand out.
Doesn’t this cover just draw you in? I personally love how it turned out! Whoever said, “Third time’s a charm” was right!
How about you? What do you think of this new look for Tropical Kiss and Tell? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Giveaway: I’d like to give away two digital copies of Tropical Kiss and Tell (or another book from my backlist, boxed sets excluded). Two winners will be randomly chosen from the comments below. The giveaway will remain open until midnight on Friday, September 6th.