I’ve shared before that I create my book covers. With a background in graphic design, it has certainly come in handy having the ability to create my own designs. It’s been a blessing and a curse at the same time because I’m often critical of my own work and will nitpick it to death. You see, I’m an over-thinker. It takes me entirely too long to do certain things because I keep tweaking and changing. Just ask any of my author friends who endure countless review requests as I’m going through the process. Haha! I know in my head what I want, but watching it come to life on the computer can sometimes be a cumbersome task.
Have you ever noticed when an author changes a book cover? There are many different reasons behind the change, but some of them might be:
- the cover isn’t on trend with the genre
- the cover doesn’t reflect the story
- the cover is outdated and needs refreshing
- the author simply doesn’t like it
- the author is looking for a fresh new look to re-market an older book
I’ve changed three of my book covers, and I thought it would be fun to show you the before and after and why I decided to change them.
I never planned for my first book to be a series. When I designed the cover for A Half Made Whole I purposefully made the cover two halves (hence the name of the book) and all the elements of the cover were reflected in the story. I loved this cover and was proud of my work.
Then I decided to write book two. Still confident I could keep with the same format, I quickly found out my “template” from book one didn’t fit for When I Found You. So I decided to go with one picture on the cover but keep the title the same format. Even though it was a little different, I was still pleased with the end result.
The prequel novella, Where the Heart Is, came next, and I realized I was having a hard time keeping with the same look for this book. The picture of the couple I’d chosen was too close up, therefore changing the title placement, and I found myself not loving my covers anymore.
After all the work I’d put into making my covers exactly as I wanted them, I realized I was going to have to go back to the drawing board. I had more books planned for this series and knew the covers needed to change if I wanted them to be consistent. It’s important to me that my readers know what books go together. The first book was a complete overhaul, the second book, thankfully, didn’t need a lot of work, and the third book needed a different background. After scrolling through endless fonts, color schemes, and images, I finally created what I felt like was a good representation of my stories and genre.
You can see the full series all together here and I’m really happy with how they turned out. I feel like each cover reflects the series brand which was my ultimate goal. If you’ve ever had a lightbulb moment, that’s exactly what happened to me when I finished the new covers.
So tell me what you think. Which covers do you like better…the old or the new?