Well, it's been 3 years since then. The ToB books have sold a lot of copies with those "new" covers and all was well with the world.
So why change again, now?
It's simple. 3 years is a long time in the book business and I've watched the Urban Fantasy genre evolve. While I still think the branding of those covers is top notch, I began to feel that perhaps they were no longer indicative of the market / genre itself.
So I reached out to some cover designers and illustrators with my thoughts ... mainly being that I wanted covers that conveyed three things: an urban fantasy feel to them, a sense of branding, but also that unique blend of horror and comedy that I've tried to instill into my series. No small order for anyone, no matter how talented.
The results were ... mixed, let's say.
Why did I search elsewhere? I don't know. I guess a part of me felt I needed a new look, and a new look required talking to new people.
That was a mistake on my part, and I'm happy to admit it. I already had a strong relationship with my existing cover artist and she knew both my books and the type of stuff I typically asked for.
So I sat down with Mallory, we discussed updating the ToB, and I think we both came away excited at the task before us.
It's still a work in progress, and we're moving slowly so as to get each new iteration just right. That said, the first three are below and I think she's knocked it out of the park.
I'll be updating ebook first with these, with print to come later (so I don't end up selling people half a series with one brand, and the other half with different covers).
I hope you're excited by what you see. I know I am.
|From shadows to stepping into the light ... albeit not sunlight|
|Bad guys are great ... but Gan is better.|
|You wanted more Turd. Admit it!|