|She\’s new, she\’s purple, she\’s…naked?|
It also has a new price: $6.99 (or £6.33 or €7.42). This is not a limited-time offer or anything like that, it’s just that, when I uploaded the new cover, I noticed the paperback was priced at $9.99 and that was a mistake—I had always meant to price it lower. (This could explain the enthusiasm customers displayed in avoiding buying the paperback—practically as soon as I set it to $6.99, someone bought a copy.)
|Don\’t confuse the price, either: this is only £1.61 including VAT|
…or the erstwhile cover for the paperback…
The readers, however, seemed to disagree, so the publishers, who seem to know what they are doing, asked if I would consider changing the cover. I did. I like the new cover and, although readers aren’t exactly snapping e-copies off of the virtual shelves, the book is e-selling fairly consistently.
|Not bad for someone who doesn\’t know what they are doing.|
I considered this an adequate and (let’s face it) fairly lame cover, but one that would suffice as a stop-gap measure. Then I stumbled across One on One – 101 True Encounters by Craig Brown in the local book store:
|Doesn\’t seem quite as lame now, does it?|
This book was published by Fourth Estate books, a reputable publisher (Annie Proulx, anyone?) that, I assume, has a stable of professional cover artists at its disposal (or at least a brother-in-law who took Commercial Illustration 101 at the local community college), and the cover they came up with looked an awful lot like my lame done-in-an-afternoon effort.
(Quick aside: I thought the silhouette looked too much like a naked woman, so I asked the designer to add the cape. Now the silhouette looks like a naked woman wearing a cape. Still, it\’s a result.)
|LT: The PAPERBACK, published by Lindenwald Press RT: The EBOOK, published by Prospera Publishing|
This situation should hold steady until my contract with Prospera runs out, at which point I put the new, purple cover on both editions. I will, of course, write another post at that time, under the guise of keeping you up-to-date, but which will really be a thinly disguised reminder that I have a book (several, in fact) out there and …