It’s almost a year since I released Cupid’s Way – my uplifting romantic comedy about Evie Stone’s quest to save her grandparents’ home in a street (Cupid’s Way) that is threatened with demolition. Reviews have been outstanding, and sales were brisk to begin with, but as is the case for so many mid-list or indie authors, ‘discoverability’ by readers is getting harder and harder.
Although I loved the original cover for Cupid’s Way, I decided to see what, if anything, a change of cover would do. That is the beauty of being indie, after all – we can change things, experiment, mix it up and see what happens. In fact, to be indie and to not be changing everything that isn’t working (depending on your personal definition of ‘working’), is actually pretty crazy. There are benefits to not having a publisher, such as access to meta-data and other key factors, so in light of the downside – i.e. you’re all on your own – it seems appropriate to go ahead and keep on trying new things.
So, here is the sparkly new cover for Cupid’s Way, courtesy of my ace designer, Chris Howard:
I really love it! I’ve done a lot of research around cover design, particularly for indie titles, and I knew that for a heart-warming, uplifting rom com like Cupid’s Way I really needed a cover that spoke to the market, with illustrated elements, a quirky feel, and bright fresh colours. This is perfect. You might notice that the blog itself is undergoing a bit of a re-brand, with the elements from the new cover being used as a backdrop to the new banner and a colour-palette that uses more red and green.
To celebrate the new cover, and to get the book into as many hands as possible, I’m putting it on Free Promotion until Monday. So that’s a whole weekend for you to grab a copy if you haven’t already 🙂 This time I haven’t listed the book with all the free sites (experimenting again, you see), although I do have a BookBub UK-only promo set for tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how that goes, and for any writers or marketers who are interested I’ll post the results in a couple of weeks.
Here is the link to download your copy: http://smarturl.it/ifgi1x and please, please share and Tweet and tell all your friends. Cupid’s Way has an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon UK, and is a lovely, warm-hearted read for the summer.