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Well, okay, if you’ve been to Bloodletters in the past few days, you may have seen them already, but I never really got a chance to post about them between the time I found out that the new covers had gone live on Amazon and the time I ran out the door to drive down to Portland for the HP Lovecraft Film Festival (which was awesome, by the way).

One of the many advantages that come with self-publishing is the fact that even after your book is “published,” you can still easily make changes to it whenever the mood strikes you. Here are the covers that my anthologies had up until this past week:

Now, there was nothing wrong with these. They were good covers. I thought they looked professional, several people have complimented me on them — I could have happily left them as they were.

But I had just recently finished a major revision of my novel-in-progress, Still Life, and I sat down to design a cover for it. (Changing gears from writing and editing to purely visual graphic design is one way I trick myself into thinking I get to “relax” while remaining productive.) I could have used the same font and layout for the new cover as I did with the anthologies — or to look at it from a marketing standpoint, the same “trade dress” — but I wanted to do something different, something really vibrant and lively. I wanted the book to look like some really exciting pop-culture object, something¬†irresistible¬†to pick up.

What’s that? You want to see that cover? Oh. Umm, sorry, you don’t get to. Not yet, anyway. It’ll be a couple of months, still, until the book is ready for release, and I’m going to reveal that cover a little closer to the drop date. So you’ll have to wait a bit longer. (Unless you’re on my mailing list, that is, in which case you might want to check your in-box sometime in the next day or two.)

Anyway! My point is, I ended up liking the layout of the new cover so much that I decided to go back and redo all my existing covers to match. Partly so that my books will still have a consistent look-and-feel when the novel does come out, but mainly, I admit, because I just thought it would be cool. Check out the new covers below, and let me know what you think in the comments.

Oh, yeah, speaking of covers I’ve designed — you should really go check out the new book by my friend Ron Miles —¬†3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten-Year Romance with Snow White. It’s a true story, and it’s pretty wonderful and heartwarming, so in other words, pretty much exactly the opposite of what I write. Ron commissioned that cover design from me, and I’m glad he was so happy with it. 3500 is free right now, and we’re right down to the last hour or so of that promotion, so go grab it while you can.

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One Response to “New Covers Revealed!”

  1. Anne Lewington on May 8th, 2013 12:19 pm

    Yes,it’s amazing what the slanting does to increase the tension expressed in the images – and therefore by association what lies within the book. The first two especially have gained an edge of menace the original covers lacked.

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An unreliable narrator, MICHAEL MONTOURE ( montoure@bloodletters.com ) is an indie writer of horror and dark urban fantasy. His obsessions include hidden truths, secret dealings, and the changing and fragile nature of our own pasts. He is known as much for his spoken-word performances of his fiction at Seattle coffeehouses and conventions as for the stories themselves. Currently working as a writer and producer of the webseries Causality, he lives alone with a gray cat by the edge of Echo Lake, Washington. ( Twitter / Facebook / Google+ )
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