I have a story I want to tell you...
If you recently joined my newsletter or are new-to-me, you may not know this, but last year I made the difficult decision to re-cover my Heart's Compass series. Where I Found You and Lost Before You were my first two books I had written.
As a new author, I didn't think about all that goes into marketing a book. When I worked with my designer to create the cover of Where I Found You, I wanted a pretty cover that stood out and tied into elements of the story. What I didn't think about at the time was that my cover looked more like sweet romance and not the heartrending journey with suspenseful twists.
When it came to designing the rest of the series, it was evident the covers didn't match the story inside. Where I Found You touches on sensitive topics and I hated to think I had misled readers thinking they were going to get a sweet love story when really Ellie's story is full of heart-aching moments.
I made the rookie mistake. I designed a cover I loved and not one that necessarily marketed well to my ideal reader. I had just finished working with my designer on Until I Found You. It was bought and paid for, not even revealed yet. So, what did I do?
I filed the cover away and pushed the release, booked new dates with my designer and started a complete overhaul on my series.
It was one of the toughest decisions I've made since starting this career, but in the end, I know it's what was best for this series.
I decided to finally share this in my Reader Group, giving them the back story and revealing what was going to be the cover of Until I Found You. Not only did I hear they loved the "original" cover but many agreed that the new covers fit the series much better.
~ sigh ~
I appreciated hearing that from them! It reaffirmed what I had told myself all along, that I was doing the right thing for the books and reaching the right readers.
Several of you have purchased or won copies of the Where I Found You or Lost Before You in the original cover. For a limited time only, I've opened my signed paperback form and will be accepting orders for the original covers. This will include the never-before-published cover of Until I Found You.
This will only be available through the 5/12, so if you're interested, get your order in now! After this, I will only have a limited stock that I will be preserving for a few giveaways in the future.
If you like collecting limited edition paperbacks, now is your time!
Thank you, as always, for your support! It means so so much to me.