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Continuing on with my rebranding by bringing all my self-published titles under my Regolith Publications banner, I redid the cover to my counter-apologetics book The Swedish Fish.
I decided to keep the fish and the theme the same, since so many people gave positive feedback on how much they liked the fish contemplating whether or not to take the bait. Indeed, it was a good concept. At the same time, I made the original cover over four years ago when I was new to the DIY aspect of self-publishing. Now that I have some experience I went ahead and redesigned the cover so it would be a bit more stylish, a little more eye-catching, and hopefully generate a few extra sales.
Below is the original cover that I designed four years ago.
And next, here's the redesigned version.
As you can see, I went with a darker color palette and distinguished the typography so that it didn't all blend together in an ugly block of text. I went with a more artistic representation of the coral, and dropped the coral wrap-around. Although I tried a variation with the coral wrap-around, it just seems more elegant to have it on the front and leave the back simple and clean. Finally, I put the Regolith Publications logo on the cover. And walla!
As with all my new covers, I included my author website. Other minor changes include having a new cleaner hook, having the fishing line come from page right instead of dropping down through the text, and moving the fonts around so as to make the balance more pleasing to the eye. I"m really proud of this new cover. It feels more like what I envisioned the first time around but didn't have the design chops to make exactly what I pictured in my mind. Now I do, and it came out rather well, even if I do say so myself.
If you'd like to read The Swedish Fish you can click HERE and go to its Amazon.com page.
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By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.