Got it covered?

For the second time in as many months, I have entered the AllAuthor Cover of the Month contest. In June I entered The Alchemist’s Arms and got down to the last 100 – which pleased me as it seems the contest is about how many votes you can gather, rather than any intrinsic artistic merit in the cover design itself. 

The original design for
The Witchfinder’s Well

The original design for
The Alchemist’s Arms

This month I have entered The Witchfinder’s Well – but not the cover I launched with the book (above), rather a new design recently uploaded to Amazon. It was, I admit, quite a wrench to move away from the original ‘moody girl in profile’ design – as I was quite emotionally attached to it. However, it has become increasingly clear to me that the genre my books are in – Tudor fiction with female lead – needs to have a woman in Tudor costume on the cover. So I have had both covers redesigned (below).

So what do you think of the new covers? Do they draw you in more? Do they make you want to buy / read each book more?
Are they now more readily identifiable in their genre of Tudor fiction with female lead? 
Please do let me know.
And while you’re at it, please do vote for the cover on AllAuthor. It would be really great to make the last 100 again! 

Here’s a short video I made for the new covers!

Both books are available on Amazon UK:
The Witchfinder’s Well 
The Alchemist’s Arms
Also available on
The Witchfinder’s Well 
The Alchemist’s Arms

3 thoughts on “Got it covered?

  1. Hi Jonathan, I’m all for the new covers mainly because they’re my stock images :). I made the costume and photographed my lovely model Lauren so I’m giving a strong vote for the new covers :). While I understand your concerns about changing your covers, when potential readers are flicking through hundreds of thumbnails on Amazon covers that clearly spell out the genre and time period are always best. The only advice I can offer as a fellow historical fiction author, costume maker, photographer, and occasional book cover designer is that I’m not sure about the font on the new covers. I don’t mean in any way to offend with this opinion, but if you take a look at this premade cover I did using an image from the same shoot, you can see that a stronger font may be more effective. Feel free to ignore my feedback as it’s completely subjective. I hope the relaunch goes well. Kind regards, Kathy

    • Thanks Kathy

      I don’t disagree with you on the font – it seemed a good call at the time I did the covers, but now I’m not so sure. My immediate thought would be to use the Constantia Caps I used for the descriptor and author name, for impact and consistency.

      Now I need to weigh up the potential downside of changing them so soon (and the fun of trying to upload to Amazon for the paperbacks) – vs. the benefit of a different font. I might just leave them a while and see if the numbers go up at all.

      Again – I really appreciate your contact. I would also say that other, worthier authors than I are using the image – notably Judith Arnopp!


      • Thanks for that, I try to keep a eye out for novels using my images but I daresay I miss many of them. I’ll go and check it out. I did a new Tudor shoot a few weeks ago so there are a few more images to choose from in that period now.

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