When I first contacted the artist at Bayou Cover Designs, it was to commission the design of a set of covers for a new series I’m developing that will be coming soon. After seeing some sample mock-ups, I decided to see what she could do with some of my current covers, such as the one for Voyage After the Collapse (see the result in my last post; that one has not been uploaded to Amazon yet).
My old cover for Sailing the Apocalypse was particularly drab, so I asked her to rework it next, and here is the result. I think it’s a lot more eye-catching:
Here’s the old one, just to compare:
The new cover has been uploaded to Amazon and should appear on the product page for the Kindle Edition later today or by tomorrow (edit: it just went live on the site was I was writing this post). The designer will be reworking the paperback covers for this book and Voyage as well, and I hope to have those replaced soon.
Unless major changes to the interior content are made to Kindle ebooks, Amazon does not automatically update the books purchasers already own in their Kindle Library. You can, however, request the updated version and they will push it to your library, replacing the old one. If you own any of these Kindle books and prefer the old covers of this or any other title I may update, you can leave them as is, as nothing else has changed.
One thing I’ve learned in researching cover design from those who know a lot more about the subject than I ever will, is that there is a big difference between what may appeal as a photograph vs. what sells a product. My older covers are all over the place, especially those of the nine traditionally-published books produced by two different publishers. There’s nothing I can do to change those, but going forward, I’m looking for more consistency across my different series and my overall author brand. Every little thing like this helps readers recognize and find books.