What’s in a book cover and title?


I’ve been told more than once that the titles of my Texas Druids books may be driving away readers. Some folks might get the idea that I’m writing about modern day Druids in Texas. Not so!

I’ve resisted changing the titles because they fit my subject – psychic siblings descended from Irish Celtic Druids who venture into the Old West in search of adventure and, of course, romance. I mean, I write romances so what else would the stories be about?

Also, I like the alliteration in the titles: Darlin’ Druid, Dashing Druid, and Dearest Druid. An Amazon editor even told me she likes the titles, but she didn’t offer to sign me on for Montlake, Amazon’s romance publishing arm. When I asked what she thought of the series title she conceded it might be a drawback. Darn!

To make a long story short, I’m biting the bullet and changing the titles. The books are now Darlin’ Irish, Dashing Irish and Dearest Irish. While I’m at it, I also decided to freshen up the book covers. Rather than start from scratch, I simply got rid of the backgrounds and turned the covers into close-ups of the main characters. Here, without further ado, are my new Texas Devlins covers.

New cover 2013New cover 2013New Cover 2013

As you can see, I also added sub-titles to let readers know this is a series, and I’ve been busy changing the front matter of the books (title page, copyright, list of my books, etc.) to match the new titles, My computer guru son got into the act last evening, adjusting the mobi file for each book. I like to use Amazon’s free downloadable aps, Kindlegen and Kindle Previewer to check my book formatting before I upload to the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. In order to do that, my indispensible offspring sets up an OPF file for each book. Which requires a knowledge of html, definitely not among my skills.

So, what do you think? Do you like the new covers? What about the titles? Do they grab you and make you want to read the books? I hope so because I have no intention of changing them again. There’s an old expression that pretty well describes me at the moment: I’m too pooped to pop!

Oh, by the way, I still need to make adjustments to the prequel novella, White Witch. When I can get my tired brain around it. Ooftah! I need a nice long nap.

Or maybe a Margarita or two. Winking smile

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2 thoughts on “What’s in a book cover and title?

  1. Cheri, thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your honest opinion. It was a hard decision to change the titles, but I think it was the right one. Time will tell. Take care, and I hope to find another of your books before too long. Lyn

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  2. Lyn, I’ve really been busy too, wish it was my writing but other things keep getting in the way. I do want to tell you that I honestly think that your decision to change the titles and covers will definitely enhance your readership. In other words, I really LIKE the new look!
    Cheri

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