When I had completed my first book in 2012, my editor provided suggested I give it a new name. It was incredibly difficult to come up with something, but I went with Star Struck in the end. I had no idea at that time how to find a cover and was thrilled when he provided one for me.
However as I discovered the world of the Indie Author, Markie Maddon, who is also a writer, said she would make a new one for me as I was beginning to realise I wanted more from my the one I had.
A friend who is a photographer, had a great photograph of Salford Quays at night. I bought it from him and used it as the background. Markie found an illustration of a girl and put the whole thing together for me.
I was very pleased at the result.
Joanna has very vibrant chestnut coloured hair and I found the girl on the front wasn’t quite what I had in mind. I didn’t know where to look for a different photograph, so I went with it. I did notice, however, that when I ordered some print copies, she came out even more ginger.
In order to get my book more exposure, I employed a virtual assistant called Karina Kantas, she provided me with book trailers and teasers as well as promoting my book. She asked me lots of questions so that she could come up with something to entice the readers to buy the book.
One of the important questions she asked was how the front cover and title related to the book.
Originally, the story spanned the 80s and 90s, but I decided to split it in two. The second part is not out yet. I realised then that the book was more about Joanna and her relationships. Karina was right, it didn’t actually relate well to the books. So a rewrite was needed. I would also need yet another cover. This time one that truly reflected the story. That was when I came across Ravensborn. I told her exactly what I wanted and who Joanna was.
Andy Hatton of AMH Photography, who provided the previous background photograph seemed a good place to start. I looked again through his collection and found one of Chester Road in Stretford, Manchester at night. I sent it to Ravensborn and the cover she produced was perfect. So good, I will never have to change it again.