As most of you know, I began my writing career in the romance genre and published dozens of romances before I realized I was writing about many things other than romance that I wanted to explore in more depth.
Slowly, without realizing it, I had moved into a broader “genre,” women’s fiction, which encompasses all the aspects of a woman’s life. So my books no longer said “romance” on the spine. Some of my readers followed me into my new books and some didn’t. Some of my new readers would never have found me otherwise, because they made a point of never picking up a romance novel.
Let’s fast forward. Enter the ebook era. Recently my publishing house informed me that I have the e-rights to my first twenty-nine novels and can publish them myself.
Well, isn’t that good news?
I’ve already begun the process, which will most likely take some time to complete. The first book I plan to reissue is From Glowing Embers, seen here with its original cover. I always loved this story, the first of a four book series I called Tales of the Pacific. My faith in From Glowing Embers was confirmed when a German production company chose to make it into a movie for German Sunday night television a couple of years ago.
Now I think it’s time you had a chance to fall in love with the story, too.
But there’s always a catch, and here’s my dilemma. I can’t publish the book with the original cover, which I don’t own. So I’ll need a whole new cover treatment. That’s where I need your help.
I’m trying to decide how to let my readers know that these ebooks are romance novels I wrote years ago. They’re good books that I’m proud of, updated just a bit, but books with more romance than readers may be used to in my new books.
So how do I do it?
Well, I’m thinking of tagging them prominently with something like Emilie Richards’ Classics on the cover.
I’m also considering my cover treatment. My thought would be to continue the “look” of my newer books. A woman on the cover, perhaps with her back to the reader, as I did when my daughter-in-law and I designed the covers for Twice Upon A Time and Once More With Feeling, that I republished as ebooks two years ago.
But if the covers are too similar to my new books, then will my readers make an informed decision? I would love to introduce my readers to my “classic” romances, but I want everyone to know exactly what they’re buying.
One other possibility would be to have a similar overall look, but with a couple on the cover. Something romantic enough to signal the content, but Emilie Richards enough to remind you who wrote it.
I would love your opinion. And here’s the best news. There’s a giveaway in progress. If you comment on this blog (or any of my blogs) by midnight tonight, Tuesday the 12th of February, then you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win. One lucky commenter will win copies of Iron Lace and Rising Tides, in honor of Mardi Gras, and it might as well be you. Am I right?
So what kind of covers would you like to see on these reissues? What will help you make a decision about whether to buy and read them? What kind of signal should I consider so all my readers are making informed decisions? And last but never least, what kinds of covers are your favorites?
I always appreciate your help. Please comment and let me know. And do it before midnight, okay, so your name will go in the random.org hat for a chance to win.