GENREALITY


July 3rd, 2012 by Sasha White
What do you think?

I have some self-published stories available. They’re short novellas that are connected to my Hunter stories from Aphrodisia. They’re not selling well, and I’m pretty disappointed about it. Of course I want to make some money, because I’d like to keep writing, but also because  I really love the stories. Still Sexy was super fun to write because not only are Gina and Caleb super hot, but because they’re the couple that started off the whole Hunter Protectionseries in SEXY DEVIL. HIGHLAND HEAT came about after readers met Dougal in that story and wanted to know more about him.

When they weren’t selling well I asked some friends, who are doing very well with self publishing, what I could do to boost those sales. One thing they said was I needed to repackage them. Even though the stories were connected, there was nothing visually to connect them to each other, not the cover, not the titles, nothing except a mention in the blurb.  Good point, right? Especially when readers seem to love connected stories.
Here are the orignal covers, so you can see what I’ve done.
   

Now, as much as I love both covers, what my friends was very true. They don’t look like connected stories, and they’re a bit dark. Plus, I was informed that the title ROCK MY WORLD made some readers think the story might be about a rock star of some sort. Which it really doesn’t. To me it was Rock My World as in, “Wow, that dude rocked my world!” But, again, it made sense.

So, new cover and new title for that story..one that would really help connect it to SEXY DEVIL since that’s the book where the H/h first met.  STILL SEXY seemed perfect. With Highland Heat I redid the cover, keeping the original image, but lightening it up, and taking away the Alluring Tales connection and adding the small note  a Hunter Protection Group story on both covers, giving them more f a visual connection.

So, the new covers…

   

What do you think? You like?

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6 comments to “What do you think?”

  1. A. McKay
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     · July 3rd, 2012 at 10:57 am · Link

    I like the first cover, the purple tint. Maybe put a purple tint on the other one instead of blue.



  2. Jessi
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     · July 3rd, 2012 at 4:33 pm · Link

    I love the new covers, Sasha! They are brighter. The font is the same. They definitely look connected. The old covers are wonderful, too, but I can see how you weren’t getting customer crossover between them.

    I read Highland Heat (I read anything with “highland” in the title and loved it. I picked up on the fact it was down the line in a series, but I didn’t feel I needed to go back to understand the gist. Now, I’m eager to go back and peek at the others in the series.

    Love your writing! Hope you see improved sales after this cover improvement.



  3. Sasha White
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     · July 3rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Jessi, so glad you love them. ANd Thrilled you tried Highland Heat out. I hope you weren’t disappointed because there wasn’t much actual Highland in it. LOL

    It’s pretty late in the series, but I try to make everything stand alone as well. Glad to hear it worked for this. :)



  4. Sasha White
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     · July 3rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Thanks for the feedback, Andrew. The thing with the tinted ones is that they look great in a regular size, but on Amazon, B&N and so on, when readers are browsing, the thumbnail is quit small. Feedback has said small and dark are harder to read or less stand-out. It’s a tough balance, between what is liked best, and what works best. LOL



  5. Leah Cutter
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     · July 3rd, 2012 at 6:38 pm · Link

    To me, coming to the covers cold, there’s nothing to indicate they’re paranormal romance. They look like erotica. They do now look connected. I would bump up the font size on your name to make it easier to see in thumbnail. Thanks for showing us the change, though.



  6. Sasha White
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     · July 3rd, 2012 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Thanks for the feedback, Leah. They’re not super paranomral, which is why they’re not looking too much that way. I mean, contemporary with paranormal elements. if that makes sense. (like a psychic). I was hoping the little bit of smoke tendrils at the bottom of each cover would hint at that. Oh well. ;-)



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