Thursday, March 31, 2016
Although I was alone in this feeling, I set out to design some new, exciting covers. The idea was to create a theme that would later be extended to cross over books. These books would take the characters from the series and put them into different contexts, such as Derrick and Justin having super powers and being seen in a context I've never presented them as before. As well as giving deeper insight to characters, putting them as the main ones in a book. It might take me a few years but Tyler and Tyson Hensley will have their own book, it seems to be coming along in stages. With this, it was my intent to design covers that would work for the current books in the series and I could modify slightly for upcoming books.
The consensus amongst my friends was an overwhelming "the covers are fine as they currently are." However, this did not detour me from setting forth to a redesign. Even though the books in my series were selling well, I was sure a cover change would only improve the sales. I was convinced this change would give the books the extra push they needed to rise on the best sellers lists. I eventually came up with a cover that looked sharp and I set forth not only change the covers, but also to promote the change in covers for the books.
Based upon what I've seen in book sales over the last few months, I think it is safe to say that the new covers were not received well by potential readers. To all those who told me that I should leave the covers alone, I know now that I should have listened. The covers have been restored back to their original design.
I'm happy to have plenty of people buying and reading my books, not judging a book by the cover. Even though I've never gotten used to sharing my drawing talents, I do appreciate all the kind words people share with me regarding using my artwork for the covers.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Let me start off by acknowledging and thanking the many people who've not only come to check out my blog and buy my books, but also share them with others. Over the last few weeks I've been contact by a few individuals sharing different venues they've been spreading the word about my books. This has been encouraging to me, being a few months ago I thought perhaps my days of being a best selling author might had past.
To be honest, over the past year I've toyed with the idea of my next book being my final book in this genre. The idea of writing something in a total different genre, with perhaps a larger and more receptive audience has been something I've thought about since putting out my first book. Yet each time I write something and publish it's been part of the same series and eventually still part of the same genre.
Have no fear, I have at least one book I will be completing and publishing over the next year as well as hopes of at least one more book in my popular series. My friends have been "bugging" me about putting out a collection of short stories, which may or may not mark my move into writing in other genres. Time will only tell.
I've been drawing a lot lately, using my new Spectrum Noir Markers and improving my cartooning skills. I love my markers and cannot believe how much I've spent on them already. Definitely my favorite drawing medium ever! I keep practicing with them, trying to better myself. Along with this, I've been developing some new characters and cover ideas. This includes, but is not limited to writing and creating pictures for a children's picture book. I've written a few stories and drew a few characters. So far nothing I've felt encouraged to go any further with.
I have this terrible cough I cannot wait to be rid of. Back to bed with me to rest up. I cannot wait until I can get back to being productive!
Please be sure to keep coming by and check out my web page. Over the next couple of months, I will be updating content and making several changes.