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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Tarting up Night Watcher



Night Watcher was not my first book, but it was the first one I published on Kindle as an ebook. Initially, I did what we are not supposed to do, I designed my own cover. You see, publishing to Kindle was a new venture for me and I had no idea how it would work out. I might not even sell a single book.

However, to my astonishment, it sold quite well, and before long I decided to invest in a professional cover, and I found the amazing Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics. I was pleased with that cover, but as I went on to publish more books in the Dundee Crime Series, there was a subtle change in the covers I commissioned. The covers of the later books were moodier, and darker, to suit the kind of stories I tell. Night Watcher no longer fitted the mould and stood out as different from the others. The image was still all right, but the fonts had changed and there was a substantial difference to the overall look.
 
Dundee Crime Series

This difference niggled at me for a while, and then I decided to commission a completely new cover. The theme would be much the same, but the fonts and layout would be tailored to fit in with the other covers in the series.
  

Cathy Helms worked her magic again and produced a stunning cover as well as a poster for the series which I could use on the web. I hope you like the result.


Chris Longmuir



4 comments:

Wendy Jones said...

Cathy did a stunning job. Great cover

Chris Longmuir said...

I'm pleased you like it, Wendy.

Bill Kirton said...

She never fails. The change of font alone makes a difference but she also manages to catch a mood. It's a powerful talent to have. (Oh, and the book's pretty good, too.)

Chris Longmuir said...

Thanks Bill. I agree with everything you say, and I'm glad you think the book is pretty good too. :)