We seem to have been talking about covers a lot here lately, but covers really are the bread and butter of books, aren’t they?
I mean, we all say not to judge a book by its cover, but then we all kind of do it anyway (don’t we?) Certainly, a book’s cover plays into our decision making process a little.
For the last year (ish), I’ve been mulling the covers on my Taste of Romance series. They aren’t bad. But they also weren’t completely what I wanted, either. They’re covers I made myself, and as such I will always love them, but I’m honest enough to realize that they’re not amazing.
I’ve also finally allowed myself to admit something: I hate making covers.
Graphic design is simply not in my wheelhouse. I don’t love it. I don’t even really like it. At best, I can tolerate it because putting out a plain, single color cover just isn’t going to fly. I can whack something together, but I’m never going to love the results.
Once I was honest with myself about that, I realized it was time to enlist the aid of a professional and give the Taste of Romance books covers that do them justice. Here are the original covers:
And here are the new versions:
Aren’t they lovely?! I’m so in love with the new covers. Every little thing about them makes me happy. I’m also thrilled that I have the final versions to share with you and that I had time to send out a newsletter before this post. Because my newsletter subscribers always get the first peeks at covers. (So, if you want to be among the first to get a look at any of my new covers, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter (if you don’t already)).
With new covers on their way, I realized that the little inventory of books I carry needed to find new homes pronto. So, I’m having a giveaway! I’ll be giving four lucky winners a complete set of paperbacks of the Taste of Romance series, along with some fun embroidered gifts.
Now, since several of you have mentioned lately that you’re sometimes frustrated by new covers for older books – do you have any suggestions of how I can help people realize that it’s a new cover, not a new story? I’d love to keep from annoying readers if I can!