Improving my Chances

I’ve known for quite some time that The Haunted Story: Dead Letter needed a better cover. My amateurish attempt wasn’t catching anyone’s eye.

Dead Letter cover
The cover I designed myself

I needed something professional and eye-catching. An image that would sell the book for me. So far I’ve only sold any when I’ve found people on Facebook that are spooky horror fans and pitched the book to them. I don’t mind talking about my stories, it’s just a little more time consuming than I’d like since I also need to finish writing Hermes925, keep this blog up to date, try to find odd-jobs and freelance work so I can pay my way while I’m doing all this, and keep working on the rest of the Haunted Story series!

The fact that I needed better cover art was so distracting I couldn’t even focus on my book projects, knowing that every book I put out would require similar one-on-one marketing to sell. Then yesterday, driven by who knows what, I posted one of my favourite conversation topics on Facebook:

If you could
Click the pic to see people’s comments and add your own!

As a result I ended up having a very productive conversation with Heather Montgomery, a talented cover designer, merch maker, and author in her own right! She designs most of her own covers. Check out her website to see some of her other work. She came up with these three great designs for me:

It took me a while to pick a favourite because they were each so awesome in their own way, and far better than mine. If the Amazon page has already been updated, then you might already know that I ended up picking this one:

The Haunted Story - Dead Letter eCover
Isn’t it spectacular?

I love it! I’m going to use Heather’s designs for all of the Haunted Story series, and the sci-fi Hermes925 too! If I get the chance to do a book-signing event of some kind in future I will probably have her design some matching T-shirts for each book too!

I am unbelievably excited about this partnership. Please check out her website and show her some love. She writes under the name Ann Snizek, and her new paranormal/scifi For: Giva de Vine, is for available through a variety of online sources.

Please help us both out and share this article around and, as always, have a great day! 🙂

4 thoughts on “Improving my Chances

  1. I’m thrilled to work with you on your covers! The Haunted Story: Dead Letter is an tempting and gruesome start to what I’m sure will be a great series and I’m glad to have some part in it! Thank you so much for the kind words.

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