Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Changing covers again

Next month, I'll re-release my historical set in 1850s Key West, Florida, called Angels, Sinners and Madmen. I've revised it, and hopefully improved it.

I spent a lot of time searching for the right cover images, and found two that contained the images I wanted and, I thought, would have the right feel. I then spent a lot of time trying to combine them, which turned out like this:

It had the right theme - the ship in a stormy sea, and the couple seeming to be overwhelmed by the waters. But even though I'd invested time and money in the cover, it didn't feel right to me.

So, back to Dreamstime I went. And I decided to change the cover to this:

This image conveys such yearning. I love it. It's much simpler, and cleaner. I thought about adding a tall ship on the horizon to indicate it's a historical, but I like that he's looking out at an empty sea. Though wreckers in 1850s Key West often searched the horizon for ships in distress, this image suggests he's not sure what -- or who -- he's looking for, but is determined to find it (or her?).

And yes, there's the beefcake aspect. :) But while that might (hopefully) attract a reader's eye, it's secondary to me.

What do you think? Any preference?

I'm shooting for August 31 as the re-release date.


Ciara said...

I like the second one best. I think the top one is a little too busy. I like more simplicity. You're right, it does show the yearning aspect. Good luck with your re-release!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It think the second one will attact the attention of possible readers. Covers need to catch the eye.

DMS said...

The story sounds interesting. I think both covers are good. The first lets the reader know it is HF- but the second is kind of mysterious. I think the cover will attract a lot of readers. Best of luck re-releasing this one! :)

Cate Masters said...

You're right, Ciara. I think I tried too hard with the first!

Thanks Susan. I've always loved this story, so I hope the cover grabs a few readers enough to try it.

Thanks Jess! Much appreciated.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yes, you will definitely draw in the women with that cover!

Cate Masters said...

I hope so, Alex! :)

Maria Zannini said...

The first one is a bit busy, but the second one needs something to anchor it more. Maybe the ship ghosted far off, or maybe the font needs to be bigger.

Cate Masters said...

Hm, I think you're right, Maria. I think I'll play with the text a bit!