As readers and authors, what do you think about giving a book a fresh coat of paint? Do you like to see new covers come out on books? Do you wish we’d just leave the darned things alone? Is there a time limit? Like, no new covers for 3 years at least? Do you like all the books in a mystery series to have covers that relate? Do you care?
Because of the recent Amazon Kindle promotion, we’ve blown through print units of CROSSROADS CAFE by Deborah Smith like there’s no tomorrow. That meant yet another reprint. ::sigh:: <g> Because Deborah is also an author (in addition to being Editorial Director for BelleBooks/Bell Bridge), she did what every author does. She came whining around the art department door and hinted that such a lovely book really needed to be shown some love. She really thought it would be nice if we took the opportunity to give her a better cover.
“What? Royalties are due?” she said. “Please. Those old things don’t have to go in the mail until the end of the month. Pffftt! But if we’re going to reward Crossroads for all its hard work, we have to do that NOW! Right now. Really. You know how long offset runs take. Please. Come on. You know you want to. It’ll be pretty and you can buy shiny new things.”
I was very strong until she flashed “shiny new things” at me.
So, above you see the new cover and to the right is the old cover for comparison. The new cover is one I designed.
I like the new coat of paint. (Such hubris, I know.)
Anne Bishop’s Jewels series got an overhaul a while back and I just love the new covers. And, I admit. I did go buy the new covers. See? Isn’t this style gorgeous? And if you don’t read Anne Bishop, you need to run to the store or the computer. Seriously. Yes, it’s true fantasy, but romance readers will love them. Anne knows her way around an alpha male. Great, great series. And I’ve just shown you the book to buy to get started!
Have you ever loved a book so much you bought it in every edition? Or when you replace an old book you’ve just “worn the heck out,” are you sad that the new one has a different cover?