Why the Cover Change? Glad you asked.

Or maybe you didn’t, but I am excited to talk about it anyway.  First of all a quick announcement:  The Wages or the Gift is now available in print with a new cover and a new lower price!  Blurb / Barnes and Noble / Amazon.

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So why’d I do it?  Well, I have a couple of quick stories to tell about that.  My first hint that my original cover design (which I really liked, btw) was not the most successful choice I could make came when someone made a comment on Julia Wilson’s wonderful review  that said the book  looked like a non-fiction book to her.  I did not put too much stock in the comment, since it was the first one I had heard.  Most people were telling me they liked the cover. Still I would occasionally notice little things like people looking at the cover and saying, “Oh the Wage or the Gif” or something similar.  I would then explain that the it’s Wages and Gift, and the dollar sign and the present  (which I later discovered some people thought  was a cross with a bow on it)…you get the drift.

I guess these little isolated incidents were starting to get my attention because after the conversation I had with Delilah Cordova about the cover, I started to really question it.  A friend of mine came into town, and I asked her what she thought of the cover.  She was like, well I can tell it’s a religious book.  (Not necessarily a bad thing, I mean it is Christian Fiction)  She went on to say that it was a little confusing, etc. So I started working on changing it.  This time I posted it in a couple of Christian Fiction Readers/Writers groups to find out what kind of book people thought it might be.  Most of them said suspense or thriller.  A few said horror, but no one said non-fiction. And thus I had my new cover.

After I changed the cover, I got a lot more feedback on the first cover that definitely confirmed the necessity for the change.  My publicist, who liked the cover, but agreed that it could seem a bit “non-fiction adjacent” told me this story:  “I was reading your book in Missouri, and a girl looked at me and asked if I was trying to build a better financial future.”  That pretty much says it all.

One more thing, the new cover is up for cover of the month on Allauthor.com.  Please vote.

 

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