Book Covers – How Important Are They? #2

Book Covers – How Important Are They? #2

The Four Lords Collection by Gianna Thomas
The Four Lords Collection by Gianna Thomas

Book covers are very important in the marketing of one’s books. Coming across as attractive is only part of the process. If you see a fantasy cover, that’s what you think of first. If you see that cover on a cookbook, you’d probably have raised eyebrows and be wondering what was happening. So, yes, you do want a cover that is in keeping with the genre. A cover with a 2020 car on a Regency romance would not fit at all…unless, maybe, it was a time travel novel.

One of the hardest things I’ve found about doing or commissioning book covers is refraining from going with one I really like but that might not work well in the long run.

My Four Lords’ Series’ covers are ones I’ve debated about and changed for the third time. The original artworks were real Regency paintings that fit the genre and that I really liked, and the descriptions of the lords were in line with the paintings. No matter how much I love these books along with my P&P’s, I got to thinking that more romantic covers might be more appropriate. Recently, I commissioned new covers for the lords that are more in keeping with the cover of the Four Lords’ Saga Collection. See Below.

Lord Brookton by Gianna Thomas
Lord Brookton by Gianna Thomas
Lord Foxdown by Gianna Thomas
Lord Foxdown by Gianna Thomas
Lord Weirlane by Gianna Thomas
Lord Weirlane by Gianna Thomas
Lord Windmere by Gianna Thomas
Lord Windmere by Gianna Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These covers are definitely more romantic as they have the lord and the love of his life rather than just the lord pictured. I am pleased with them and hope the reading public is as well.

In addition to redoing the covers, I will be re-editing and revising each of the books as well as the collection. The new covers are already being seen on Amazon, however, the new editions will not be available until August or September. Will the stories change? No. Editing will be a little tighter, stories will be fleshed out a bit more, and the endings of each prior book will be handled a tad differently to make the reading more enjoyable. This is the only series that had each book ending in a cliffhanger that was picked up at the beginning of the next book. I love cliffhangers, however, I have relegated them to chapter endings and not book endings since doing that series.

Yes, none of the Lords’ books are standalones. They are part of a series that must be read in order because of the continuous storyline. The story does have an ending with the last book. But…one of these days, I might write a Four Lords’ Saga Reunion that could be read as a standalone. I’ve been thinking about it for a while.

And I’m debating about doing a new cover for Darcy Chooses that would be more in line with a romantic book. I am also thinking about re-editing that first novel and refining it a bit as well. Because that book is rather long, it will probably be done in 2023. Will keep you posted about that also.

As to Elizabeth Bennet’s Bad Days, I’m still working on it and have a tentative publishing date in September. However, I do already have the cover. Would you like to see it? Please let me know what you think. 🙂

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DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
July 8, 2022 7:35 PM

I agree covers are important especially when one is browsing. However, if I hear an interesting premise then I’ll want to read regardless of the cover. Love the cover of your newest work.

Glynis
Glynis
July 8, 2022 9:49 AM

I do like the romance of the four lords covers and I especially like the cover for Elizabeth Bennet’s Bad Days, it shows her love of walking alone in the countryside, although she does seem quite sad so perhaps this is a bad day? I do hope Darcy is able to make her feel better!

Buturot
Buturot
July 6, 2022 2:56 PM

As a reader, I am fond of connecting the cover with the story. Definitely right on the impact of the new Lords cover…so captivating and enticing!!!

Iris Lim
AuAu
July 6, 2022 11:24 AM

Love all the covers so much! The last one with Elizabeth is particularly compelling. Do you do your own designing? I have to dive into your four lords story sometime. Covers are so hard, and the redesigns look great!

I often say that amazing covers make people try the book, and bad covers make them avoid the book. For the most part, I stick with the ones in the middle that neither attract nor repel readers because that’s all I can afford for now! Haha. But I long for the day when I can splurge on covers guilt-free!

Wishing you all the love and success with your books and covers old and new!

Colin Rowland
AuAu
July 6, 2022 11:22 AM

I like your cover. Of course, I tend to like anything that has nature as a major part of the art work. I’m looking forward to reading Bad Days when it comes out in September.

Caryl Kane
Caryl Kane
July 5, 2022 11:38 AM

Yes, I’m guilty of judging a book by its cover. Cover are an important first impression. Gianna, Thank you for sharing your lovely cover with us.

J. W. Garrett.
J. W. Garrett.
July 4, 2022 2:11 PM

I love cover reveals. Those you have chosen for The Four Lords Saga are indeed romantic. Whew! I need my salts. I’m looking forward to reading the newly edited versions. Elizabeth’s cover is a good choice also. The color combination of the background works well against that marvelous dress the model is wearing. Blessings on all your hard work. I wish you much success in all these plans you have shared with us.

Shana Jefferis
Shana Jefferis
July 4, 2022 1:18 PM

Designing a cover for a new book is very difficult. It is such a personal choice and yet the cover is supposed to be a graphical representation of the book so that you are giving the reader an indication of what to expect. I designed both of my existing covers and am working on my third. Kudos to you, Gianna, for separating what may have been your own personal bias from what may be best for your babies — I mean your books! Its so hard to do.

Regards,
Shana

Linda A.
Linda A.
July 4, 2022 11:59 AM

I agree and definitely “judge a book by its cover.” If it looks like it has been “piecemealed” together, I tend to stay away; there are too many other books with nice covers that indicate the author cares. Your new covers are lovely!

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
July 4, 2022 10:23 AM

I like the cover! I imagine Lizz y Benett is a force to be reckoned with when she has a bad day!lol The other covers are very nice too!

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