Hang on a minute, I hear you cry, isn’t that your book Angela? How egotistical can you be to review your own book?
Well, in my defence, this review is a bit different.
And there will be swearing 🙂 Sorry, not sorry.
I wanted to write a post about reviewing your own work from time to time and as it just so happens, I’ve started reviewing and re-evaluating my last three books, The Bones, Ashes and Dust Trilogy.
See, the Coronavirus and self-distancing have given me the time and opportunity to do this. Every cloud has a silver lining I suppose.
I’ve realised that my book covers are crap.
And, I’ve started changing them. Oh, and I’ve changed the name of the first one to Heart of Shadows. The other titles in the trilogy will be changed too, in time.
This is my old book cover here:
Angela, what the actual fuck were you thinking?
I mean, it’s a pretty enough cover but what does it actually say? Well, it says fuck all about what my book was about.
This is an example of me trying a little bit too hard. And it failed. Miserably!
Why didn’t I realise this in the beginning?
Good question. The thing is, I loved this cover when I first did it but now, after taking a step back, I see it doesn’t work. I was trying to be too clever.
I did some online training with the SPF community the other day. The lecture was actually about keywords but one of the lecturer’s points was that one of the elements to ranking high on Amazon was the need to make sure your cover, title, subtitle and book description had a symbiotic relationship.
It hit me like a truck as I was listening. None of my elements joined together. My blurb was okay but it didn’t correspond with my cover or my title. So, I set about changing this.
Bones is an Urban Fantasy Romance Adventure about a girl who tried to kill herself but was saved by the Angel of Death sent to collect her soul. The cover didn’t reflect this. The title didn’t reflect this.
First thing I did was to change the title to Heart of Shadows. Hopefully, this now corresponds more with the theme of the book.
Secondly, I redesigned the cover. Now it looks like this:
Now, this says more about the story. I think?
So, what’s the point of this article then, Angela?
The point is, never be too proud to rethink things. Always keep on learning. Not one of us knows everything. Keep getting better at what you’re doing and keep growing. Keep communicating with others in the writing community. Soak up their advice and don’t be too shy to speak up when you think you’ve got a valid point to share.
And that’s the beauty of Indie publishing. I can revisit things. I can do re-writes and edits and change the covers of my books because, to a great extent, I’m in charge of that side of things.
Now, all have to do is sort out the shitty start of my first book and redo the covers of book two and three. Oh, and come up with new titles.
Not much, lol!!
Keep making mistakes folks, that’s how you learn!
So, what do you think of my new cover?