As already discussed, now that Darklands is selling in a proper bricks and mortar book shop, I realised I needed the spine to be a bit more assertive. After a suitable amount of deliberation, cogitation and digestion, my designer has ignored all my great ideas and redone the sky:
I am absolutely thrilled! The changes were all fairly minor, but the overall effect is major.
We’ve also added all the additional stuff that I should have put on in the first place:
- Ace review quote on the front cover
- Author mugshot and short bio
- Blog, twitter and facebook info
- A colourful spine with interesting font
- A small image in the spine that might just catch people’s attention.
Compare that to the original full cover – we only supplied the front image for that one. I supplied the copy for the spine and back blurb, but it was added automatically, and with no custom design.
I’ll need to proof a new copy of the paperback, so it will be a few weeks before the second edition is available to buy. I can’t wait. I think the difference is astonishing, and it looks a lot more professional.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you like the new cover? Would you be more likely to buy it?