C didn’t quite tell me I was crazy the last time we talked about book covers. Not quite. I could tell that she wanted to, though.
See, I made a ridiculous decision last month. I’ve been waiting for a cover designer for A Lonely Magic since April. The cover on it was a great placeholder while I was posting chapters on Fictionpress and Wattpad, but it didn’t satisfy me enough as the final cover. The designer I really wanted, though, had no time until October. While I was waiting, I fell in love with another artist’s work, and decided–much too impulsively–to hire her to design a cover for ALM. As it happens, I’m pretty sure that was a mistake, and if I had realized two weeks ago that it was a mistake, it would have been a no harm, no foul situation, as if it had never happened.
As it went, however, I had a cover designer hired, an artist working on the cover I had hired her for, and so I went another direction–I asked the designer to redesign the cover for A Gift of Ghosts. The right response is, “Again? Didn’t you just do that a few months ago? What’s wrong with that cover?” The answers are, “Yes, yes, and I don’t know. Nothing, I suppose, and yet… it always felt more like a collection of weird compromises than the right cover.”
The new cover feels like the right cover.
I’ve got a ton of work to do, getting new files working correctly, uploading them to all the different sites, changing all of my various marketing pages… but as I manage all that hassle, I’m feeling a nice happy glow of contentment. Beautiful, mysterious, a little spooky… it makes me want to read Ghosts again, as if I didn’t already know what it was all about.
Perfect! I’m a kindle gal but would buy this book for the realz.
I can’t wait to see what the paper editions look like! I am determined to write today (so far not a word done!) but I hope to have time to update the print version on CreateSpace, too.
Oh, it looks great!
It is a good cover. Did you know that Van Gogh painted sunflowers 99 times before he painted the version that is his masterpiece? You’ve only had the cover redesigned 3x. And now you’re happy. You could have done it 96 more. Looking at it like that 3 seems perfectly reasonable. Maybe I’ll reread the series, too. Been a while.
Thank you all! And Judy, that’s a great way of looking at it! LOL. (PS I hope you’re doing well. I’ve been thinking of you this week.)
Olga Godim said:
Great cover. Are you going to change covers for the other two Tassamara books as well?
Hi, Olga, and yep, those are coming soon.