So last week was… complicated. I was feeling relatively ambivalent toward the continuing existence of humanity, but then I escaped for a weekend away with my sis and a friend and I’m feeling human again. Oh, and I found a really great giant brass Moroccan floor lamp. I named it Mustafa.
THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK THAT DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH BELOVED ARTISTS OR ENTERTAINERS DYING:
- I got edits back on Imitation & Alchemy, which I will be working on today. This means that the book will release relatively soon, like within the next couple of weeks. No, I don’t have an exact date. Yes, I’ll still be posting chapters (though I missed last Saturday. Please see above re: Ambivalence toward the continuing existence of humanity.) BY FAR the easiest way to not miss releases is to sign up for my newsletter. Also, I&A is garnering some very exciting advance reviews on Goodreads. You can check them out here.
- I missed sending out the monthly newsletter. Very sorry, but again, see above ambivalence.
- I had to update a bunch of old Scrivener files, which might have contributed to the aforementioned ambivalence toward humanity.
- I got the first 10K words written on the newest Irin Chronicles story featuring Damien and Sari. See the Pinterest page for pretties.
- I have shiny new covers for the Elemental World series.
I HAVE SHINY NEW COVERS FOR THE ELEMENTAL WORLD SERIES!
I love them. Building from Ashes and Blood and Sand were created by Damonza. I redid the cover of Waterlocked. I like them all.
Readers on my Facebook page asked why authors redo covers, and it’s not a bad question. Covers are, essentially, advertising. Forget the “I never judge a book by its cover” saying. Maybe a teeny-tiny fraction of readers are like this, but the VAST MAJORITY are not. It’s not even a conscious thing. It’s a subconscious draw of the eyes that most people aren’t aware of. But that doesn’t change the fact that covers sell books. Since the cover switch last week, sales of all these books have gone up. Why? Because the covers are more eye-catching.
When I released the books back in 2012 and 2013, I didn’t have the budget I do now for covers, so I didn’t really get the covers I wanted. I’m also redoing them to be more in line with my current artwork like what Damonza did for The Scarlet Deep and The Bronze Blade.
PLUS, particularly with Blood and Sand, I have always wanted Baojia on the cover. Always. He’s a harder character for readers to connect with because he’s something of an antagonist in the Elemental Mysteries, so I wanted that really gorgeous image to draw them in. But when I was looking at stock photos in 2013, there were ridiculously few good images of Asian men! So I went with the shadowy redhead on the cover and was irritated every time I looked at it. NO MORE. I love the new Blood & Sand.
As for Building From Ashes, I’m amazed by the stock photo Damonza found for Carwyn. (For real, readers get super-opinionated about Carwyn so I’m pleased with this.) Plus, the whole mood of the book is captured well. The age of the ruins. The direct look in “Brigid’s” eyes. I love it.
All the books will be changing paperback covers, as well. Here’s the full covers for Blood and Sand and Building From Ashes:
I’m still working on Waterlocked, since I’m doing that one myself.
Anyway, I hope you like them. I know I do, and I’ve been really pleased with the response so far.
Side note: Penny Reid fans (of which I am one) can rejoice today in the release of Happily Ever Ninja. If you’re curious, here’s a bit of my Goodreads review of the book, which I highly recommend.
‘If you like reading about relationships that go way past the surface and beyond the “…and they lived happily ever after” of most romances, then buy this book.
No, it’s NOT what you’re expecting. But it will still feel familiar. And that’s a good thing. No, it’s a great thing.’
Read the rest here and buy the book.
Take care, Elizabeth