Today on the beach we welcome KIM HORNSBY, author of the Bestselling Dream Jumper Series. Pull up a lounge chair, (this might be a thinker) and grab a nice cool drink with ice cubes and a paper umbrella!
I just changed the book covers on my successful series Dream Jumper and I might be regretting my actions. I dunno. Am I crazy to go from covers that worked reasonably well to a look that is doing really well in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category? Maybe.
My books have a thread of the Paranormal in them and I'm not talking WereBears or ShapeShifters or Vampires. I'm talking a type of paranormal that I believe might actually become normal in the century to come. It's not exactly magical realism and it's not exactly "Paranormal" in the literary sense. It's Supernatural and the presence of ghosts and messages from beyond the physical world don't fit in to a category with people who can shift into other forms and become a horny bear.
My main characters have this strange ability to slip into another person's dream, something they don't quite understand. With that ability comes premonitions and because of this, Jamey and Tina, can foretell the future. But the ability comes and goes and the rules are very sketchy, thereby making them unreliable at best. That's part of the fun and the excitement. Jamey unknowingly passed the ability to Tina when the first book begins and throughout the 3 Book Series they try to unravel the intricacies of this "freaky-ass ability." (Jamey's words)
Because I get a lot of surprise from readers who didn't think they'd like this book, have never read Paranormal, don't usually try a book with Paranormal aspects etc, I decided that my first book's cover, which I adore, might be misrepresenting the story. Maybe even trying to say too much.
Lately I've been reading lots of suspense books with the word GIRL in the title, maybe because I enjoyed Gone Girl, and most of them have black covers. Many of them have very simple conceptual designs, like Gone Girl's second cover of blonde hair disappearing off the page, and I decided to try to find my Suspense/Thriller readers who might not otherwise try a Paranormal novel by changing my book covers.
It was painful to leave my gorgeous covers behind and try for the new idea that I'm not sure will pay off but I pushed SEND and waited for KDP to upload the new covers. Today they are live. In my opinion, they look great, fit the Thriller/Suspense Genre and I'm tentatively happy.
The next phase of my scary plan is to offer the first book free for a few months in an effort to drive sales to the 2nd and 3rd books. (There is also a Christmas novella!) That will happen in two days.
If you're reading this blog and aren't sure what I mean by genre specific book covers, here's some examples:
This is a Romance cover. It promises the reader an element of romance and physical attraction:
This is a Suspense cover. It promises the reader that things will get tense fast.
This is a Paranormal cover. It promises the reader that they'll be asked to believe something that probably isn't known to be possible.
This is a Historical Romance. It promises the reader romance along with a hefty dose of history.
This is a Women's Fiction Cover promising the woman's journey to discovery:
And these are my old book covers, all that I love!
These are some Bestsellers around the genre that I want to be associated with:
Drum roll please...These are my new book covers
See them live on Amazon here. Fingers are crossed.
In the comments, feel free to show me your book cover and I'll guess your genre!