I’ve been updating! Yes, when I should have been writing yesterday, I was creating a new blog header and background. I considered changing the name, too, but Bookworm Blather has been around a long time now and I still sort of like the whimsical sound of it. So the name stayed. I might impliment a few more small changes in the next several weeks to make my online hangout a little more kid friendly. I’d like to court some teachers directly over Twitter and interact with more classrooms. I plan to hand out this address.
One of my books also received a facelift this week. Last spring, I replaced my original (and terrible!) Song of the Mountain cover with a new one of my own design. I loved it! I still love it. It captures Li Min and the mountain setting perfectly. However, browsers on Amazon didn’t seem to agree with me, as “sales” of the free book equaled only one tenth of those by my free historical fiction title, The Candle Star. Part of this is genre-related. Historical fiction is pretty popular. But fantasy shouldn’t lag that far behind. Sigh. Who’s drawn to the image of an old man?
So…you guessed it. I hired it done.
I wasn’t crazy about this new image at first. I still don’t think it captures the spirit of the book as well as the old one. But it’s exciting, and it’s grown on me. With some tweaking, we ended up with a cover that should gather more attention from customers browsing the fantasy category–especially kids. A few days is too small of a sampling to draw sure conclusions, but since swapping it out, daily downloads have increased. So, yay for increased exposure! Maybe more people will go on to purchase Fire on the Mountain, which will be re-covered soon to match.
Yes…sigh…I am one of those people who’s always moving furniture around, too. How’d you guess?
New cover image by D. Robert Pease of Walkingstick Books.