One of the truly nice things about indie publishing is that you have complete control over your covers. You can pick a design, make sure that the people on the cover match the characters’ descriptions in your story, and you can brand a series whichever way you like.
One of the major elements of branding for the covers of the new series will be a blue background. Originally, I thought I’d just use the same sky picture for all covers, but not only would this look boring, but that one picture also doesn’t suit all the people I’ve chosen to go onto the covers.
Sooo, today during my lunch break I went hunting for blue backgrounds. I’ve already found some nice matches for some covers, but there is one picture of a woman that, as it turns out, is rather difficult to match with a blue background. Hmmmm. Clearly, further experiments are called for!
It started harmless enough: I was looking for a nice edition of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. I love, love, LOVE North and South, but my Penguin Classics edition, which I use for teaching, looks rather bedraggled, and the Norton edition that I also have isn’t really that pretty. Soooo… Off to Amazon I went to check out my reading options.
And there it happened.
I stumbled over the Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Cranford (see above).
You know how susceptible I am to pretty covers. And if that is not a pretty cover, I don’t know what is!
This was the first time I had ever heard about the Clothbound Classics. They are hardcovers. And they are pretty. (Unfortunately, there is no North and South Clothbound Classics edition. That’s too bad of you, Penguin!)
So, there I was, sitting in front of my computer, salviating at the sight of this beautiful book. Have I mentioned that I was somewhat stressed, too, what with contacting reviewers about Springtime Pleasures, inserting the copy edits, and finishing off all the grading from the past semester? Well, you know what happens when I’m a bit stressed: I buy books.
And so I succumbed to the green temptation. *happy sigh*
So as I said, I’m overhauling my old (never finished) podcast novella Betrayal. Which of course means that it also needs a new cover, for you cannot dress overhauled stories in old covers, can you? (Poor story, it would probably cry over still being dressed in its old drab clothes.) So without further ado I give you the brandnew cover for Betrayal!
Would you like to have a look at the new covers for my old novels? I hope you’ll like them just as much as I do!
For Castle of the Wolf, I’ve decided to go with another grumpy-looking (but scrumptious!) man in blue.
And for The Lily Brand, we need some chesticles, of course!