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Friday, November 23, 2012

Making Assumptions Makes An Ass Out Of...Well, Not You, Just Me

Once upon a time, I made an assumption.

That folks might be sick of the same old-same old-book covers and enjoy something different. Quirky. Funny. Outside-of-the-box. 

Whoops! You know what happens when you make an assumption.

To be fair, some people did enjoy the quirky book cover...See Exhibit A:

Exhibit A

It's a parody of a bodice ripper-Fabio book cover from the 1980s. In block-print style.

And I personally think it's hilarious and cute.

Unfortunately, I had many readers give comments like these...cheesy, horrible, amateurish, cartoony, if you can't afford a real cover artist please don't make your own covers, etc. Obviously, they didn't get the humor or appreciate the fact that I hired a professional artist to do this fun cover.

Oh well. Live and learn.

I decided to stick with the cover. And then I saw that many readers were reluctant to download this book as a freebie because of the cover. 

God Good Almighty! Turning down a free book that was recommended because of the cover? I had to make a change.

So, here's what I decided to do. I am keeping the original quirky cover for the print books. And I had Lena Goldfinch design a gorgeous new cover for the e-books...still available at Amazon, soon to be available at Barnes and Noble and Kobo. (See new cover above...LOVE it!) If you're looking for a totally kick-ass, amazing designer for a book cover, I cannot recommend Lena highly enough. She is fabulous!

Anyhow, that's my cover melodrama in a nutshell. 

In other news, The Wild Rose Press is having a Black Friday sale today. Sweet Magik, #2 of the Klaus Brothers Series, is on sale for $3.89!

And finally, the most important news of all. I made the cranberry mojitos yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner, and they were absolutely delish! See Exhibit B.

Exhibit B

I have lots of books to discuss, which I will get to on Monday. Hairy books, DNF books, innocent virgin mistress books, and my first inter-racial story which I loved.

Hope all of you have a great weekend!



ClaudiaGC said...

I really liked the first cover. But I follow you on Twitter so I know about the lumberjack/beard obsession ;) and thought it was very fitting and a nice change from the usual contemporary covers. I think everything out of the norm scares people at first so I'm sorry you weren't that lucky in your choice of cover. But the new one is lovely, too. Even though it doesn't tell me it's a lumberjack story. :)
And OMG, I just saw I won a mug! Woohoo! I'm off to email you! Thank you so much!

JenM said...

The new cover is adorable and definitely fits the mood of the story, but I loved the other one too. I guess the majority of mainstream romance readers really prefer to see more "vanilla" looking covers, and that's why they are so popular. Anyway, your story deserves to get attention, so you gotta do what the market wants.

Penelope said...

Hi Claudia! You won! You won!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Jen. I gravitate to things that are different, so I just assume everyone else does, too. But I think a lot of romance readers like the "comfort" of a traditional cover.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I loved the 1st caught. I like you enjoyed the cute parody. Silly people. But I understand. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

That being said, this cover is way cute! Bravo Lena! I had no idea she's so talented. I loved her book!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I want the recipe for this drink btw :)

Penelope said...

Juju...Thanks hon! Lena is very talented. She is a great designer and writer!

Here is the link for the mojito recipe...


Amber Skyze said...

It's a shame. I loved the first cover. The new one is great too. :)

GABY said...

I still haven't read Lumberjack in love, so I don't know if the cover fits better or not. But I really like the new cover :) It's more 'romantic', but the other one was funnier.

Anyway, I still downloaded your book. I wasn't going to miss a freebie!!

Jodie Catan said...

Just remember that old saying "You can't judge a book by it's cover!"... I liked the homage to the bodice ripper and thought it was a hoot (my 17 y/o daughter HATES it when I use this phrase... she says it makes me sound uncool... I remind her I'm 45 so being cool is a given... I get the eye roll). Downloaded the Klaus books you have available on Kindle... It should be a nice week end, of reading as long as my husband doesn't expect me to hold the ladder while he hangs the Christmas lights!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Amber. :^)

Penelope said...

Hi Gaby! Thanks for downloading the book. Hope you enjoy it.

Penelope said...

Hi Jodie! Thanks so much for reading my books. Hope you have a fun holiday weekend. I am SO not ready to put up xmas decorations yet. Ack!

Julia Barrett said...

Oooh, the mojitos look fab! I bet they were delicious. You already know I'm a fan of both covers. And don't sweat the assumption. No big deal - self-pubbing is all about experimenting.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I *liked* that the cover was different than the usual contemporary romance. :-)

Oddmonster said...

I prefer the new cover. I really like the style, colors, composition and font choice of the original, but the position of the woman in relation to the lumberjack made me really kind of squicked. But the thing I like best about both is your willingness to blog about it and engage your readers in the cover design process.

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! Yes, live and learn. This is all a big learning experience, and I'm glad I get to play around with covers. That's part of the fun of self-pubbing.

Penelope said...

HMCW--Thank you! Another vote for the quirky one!

Penelope said...

Oddmonster...Squicking is bad. I am glad you are no longer squicked. Maybe next time I'll have a vote for the cover and offer up some alternative styles. That would be fun, too!