So what do you think of the new website? While I loved my last site, i thought it was time for a change. I’m big on change and spring cleaning and all that stuff. :) Can you do me a favor though? If you see any links that don’t work or any places where I write “Unstoppable” instead of “A Kiss Before Lying”, can you email me and let me know? I think I got all of it, but one can never be too sure. :)
So anyway, I have a new website. And I have new book covers to go with it! These are NOT new books. They are just rebrands of my current releases, which were called Unstoppable and Irreversible. And just to be totally clear, the only – I repeat ONLY – thing that has changed in these books is the cover and title. The book itself is still the same.
Why did I change the titles and covers? Well, a few reasons. First, I never loved the titles to begin with. At all. I never felt like they really did anything for the stories or gave the reader any hint at what the books were about. My stories are romantic suspense. Unstoppable and Irreversible don’t really hint at that, to me at least. But, with the new titles, there’s a romantic element (Kiss, Smile, Dance) but there’s also a bit of an ominous element too (Before Lying, Before Crying, Before Dying). Combined, i hope these titles give the reader a better sense of what my stories are about.
As for why I changed the covers? Again, I loved my previous covers, but because i think my books are more New Adult (to push it even farther, New Adult romantic suspense), I really wanted the covers to reflect the genre. So I did the ol’ bookstore test: I imagined myself walking into a bookstore, looking for my story, and figuring out which section it would be in. Once I had that down, I looked at all sorts of covers in that section. What did I find? Couples, color, closed eyes, almost-kisses, pretty script, sexy guys, beautiful girls. Alright! I can get my covers to look like that!
And so I did. Well, tried to. Only the readers can tell me if I pulled it off. :)
Finally, the biggest reason for the change is because, to be perfectly honest, the sales of the books weren’t where I wanted them to be. So I took the advice of JA Konrath and CJ Lyons and Joanna Penn and so many others and decided to not stick with something that wasn’t working. I decided to change. I decided to experiment. Which, by the way, is one of the huge perks of indie publishing. We’ll see if my changes pay off.
Speaking of indie-publishing, many people have asked why I decided to go the indie route for these stories. The answer is actually pretty succinct:
1. My story is a New Adult romantic suspense tale. The New Adult genre seems more vibrant online than in stores. I remember going into my local Barnes and Noble and asking them where they shelved Cora Carmack’s NA and they looked at me like I was crazy.
2. I like to try new things. I wanted to experience what indie publishing was like, and, knowing my story could fit nicely as a New Adult title, I decided to take advantage of the market trend and publish via Amazon and Smashwords.
So no big conspiracy there. :) I’ll be writing much more about my journey as an indie publisher so stay tuned. :) Right now, i think this post is long enough! So check out the new website, all the new excerpts, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter or Facebook for lots of cat and Gaspard Ulliel pictures. :)