Special Note: This cover has still not posted to Amazon as of this writing. I am told it is under review.
See what I mean about prudish Americans? There is no ass cleavage, there is no dick, there isn’t even any real physical detail (can’t see nipples!), yet the image is under review. I think they’re seeing shit that isn’t there.
However, ARe and Barnes & Noble posted it and I haven’t heard anything back from them about it being unacceptable. I have no further comment on the matter.
Update: Amazon posted the cover. 🙂
Nearly everyone who’s read Precog tells me they like/love it. But it’s not selling well. I would like to make sure it reaches as many people as possible, and not just because it makes me money. I write for myself first, but I write for you next. I love it when new people find me. Your appreciation helps keep me going.
Just yesterday, I got an email from someone who wrote to tell me how much he enjoyed the Precog series. There is nothing better than hearing that from a reader.
I decided it was time to do something about making the series more visible. I created a new cover in Photoshop and slapped it on book 1. What do you think?
I found the photo in a folder but it was one of those lovely images that gets passed around the internet and there was nothing to tell me who the photographer was. So I posted it in a couple places and asked for help. Within an hour, someone on G+ provided me with a name and a link and I emailed her. She lives in Israel but speaks and writes English.
This morning, email flew back and forth and in the end, she gave me permission to use the photo. She thought it was too processed, but I explained how many Americans are prudes about nudity and I had to apply various filters to make it look more like ART (though the original is breathtaking, not gonna lie).
I’m part of a m/m romance writers group on Facebook. There is consensus among them that naked sells. That suggestion sells. SEX sells. I can’t disagree. It shows in the number of sales a writer racks up.
This is an experiment. I know how many copies I’ve sold since I released Three of Swords with the original cover. Let’s see what happens if I switch it up, try something sexy but tasteful.
I’ve always thought writhing torsos on covers were tacky, and in fact, I still think so, so when I decided to do this, I knew exactly what I wanted: not that. Not the half-dressed guys with muscled chests and no heads. Not the collage covers that are so popular with many publishers right now. Not the cute boys touching/groping/kissing against a city skyline or piece of cowboy heaven.
If I couldn’t do it differently and still catch the eye, I didn’t want to do it at all.
I think I succeeded. I’m very interested to see how sales do in the next few months. In the meantime, I have to give some thought to the covers I want on books 2 and 3….