Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cover Update

I've been re-reading Fates' Motif, which I'm re-titling as Melody of the Fates, and have actually started writing Hymn of Home, the second book in the series. It's been a long vacation, and I feel like some updating is in order.

One of the things I wanted to do was rework the cover design for Melody. I wanted to go with something that I could thematically use across the series to keep things simple and give the books all a similar look. I'm excited about what I came up with.

On Wattpad and WriteOn (the two places I'm "live writing"), I've already updated the cover. I'm going to eventually change all my "for sale" place, but am not in a hurry. If you have one of the previous covers, you can consider it a "limited edition." The story will be the same, I'm just improving the cover (I think).

Anyway, here's what I'm going with for Melody:
The shards are central to the major plotline, so I wanted to feature them prominently. I thought they were a good non-human focus. (I don't like to have humans on the cover, because I want readers to be able to picture characters how they want. Plus it's really hard to find stock photos to match what is in your hear. If I had a really good custom artist, maybe I'd feel differently.)

To give you an idea how this will work for the series, here's what I mocked up for Hymn of Home:
I have a total of five possible images that are all variations on the same shape but different colors, so I could do five covers with this basic design (I'm planning to only need four).  I thought they were cool, simple, and will make consistent covers across the series.

Writing will probably go a lot slower for me than the covers did, but here's hoping I'm back on the horse.


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