Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Cover for Little Red Riding Hood

I participated in a workshop yesterday with the Indie Book Collective, which are a totally rocking group of Indie Writers who know a lot about what it takes to be successful in the ebook world.

One of the things we talked about was covers: What makes good covers. What makes not so good covers. My cover for Little Red is one that I've struggled with for a long time. While it looks great on the paperback edition, the thumbnail that shows up on Amazon and other book searches is just too small to show any appealing detail. Author Carolyn McCray (30 Pieces of Silver) affirmed what I'd long suspected. My cover illustration wasn't doing my book justice. Little Red needed to be bigger, because she was lost in the thumbnail.

While looking at other Little Red books available on Amazon, I realized my cover looked similar. And while this was an aspect I considered to be appealing and reflective of my book's content, it did little to help make my book stand out from the crowd. As it stood, Into the Forest Again, didn't show that it offered something new to the traditional tale, something different, something exciting, and even something a bit suspenseful.

I happened to come up with this new cover almost by accident. Well, not quite by accident. I was exploring photo-effect options on my beloved photo editing site (, when I stumbled upon the invert feature. Voila!

Actually, changing the cover involved a lot more than a simple press of the button, as well as use of some other beloved software on my computer. I'll spare you the details. But! I am very interested in hearing what you think.
New Cover:

Old cover:

Happy 2012!

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