Aug 13

I’ve Re-Covered!

The transformation process is complete!
Nine months ago when I began my publishing odyssey, I was an unknown author. I did not hold out great expectations for the sale of my stories, so I designed my own covers to save money.
Little did I know that I would garner a loyal following of readers and that several of my books would make it to the top 100 in Amazon’s Romance Series category.
I decided the books had earned professionally designed covers.
The process began with my second series, Sons of Rhodri. I was put in touch with Kate Sterling who designed the beautiful cover for The Winds of the Heavens.
Thrilled with this cover, I asked Kate to do Defiant Passion and Dark and Bright. I think you’ll agree she did a masterful job.
The new covers brought an immediate increase in sales! Buoyed by this, I made the decision to re-cover my first series, The Montbryce Legacy.
This was a larger task since all four books are available in paperback as well as digital, and so I needed more than just fronts.
Since Kate had retired in the interim, I researched different designers and decided to go with Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs. She has produced a unified “feel” for the series and I am very pleased with the results. Kim and her cohorts, Jennifer and Abby were great to work with, very patient with my idiosyncrasies and ramblings!
Anyone who has trawled the many websites of stock photos knows how time consuming and unfruitful it can be, especially for a writer like myself whose stories are set in the Middle Ages! 
One of the advantages of Kim’s company is that they have stock photos of their own to choose from, all of which are specifically geared to romance stories.
Hope you like the results of their hard work too!


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  1. Norah Wilson

    Omigosh, Anna, I love them!!!
    You picked two very talented artists, and they both delivered! You’ll sell a ton of these puppies! 🙂

    1. Anna Markland

      Thanks Norah. Glad you like them.

  2. Terry Spear

    Kate’s covers are gorgeous, works of art! Too bad she retired! 🙂

    1. Anna Markland

      I agree!

  3. Kimberly Killion

    Congrats to you on your publishing venture! I’m so happy you are pleased with the new covers. Your books books deserve the very best and I hope you sell a bajillion of them!

    1. Anna Markland

      Thanks again for your creative input into my success!

  4. Helen Scott Taylor

    Beautiful covers, Anna!

    1. Anna Markland

      thanks Helen. And thank you for the cover quote.

  5. Vonda Sinclair

    Awesome new covers, Anna! I love them!

    1. Anna Markland

      Glad you like them, Vonda. Thanks.

  6. Lyndi Lamont

    The new covers are gorgeous. I see half-naked hunks still sell books. 😉

    I really like the look of the Montbryce Legacy paperback covers. Very professional.

  7. Anna Markland

    Thanks Lyndi, Yes I can’t wait to see the new covers on an actual paperback! They are on order!

  8. Mimi Barbour

    Worth the time and every penny you paid!!

    1. Anna Markland

      Glad you like them, Mimi. Thanks again for the cover quote.

  9. Renee Field

    Those are great covers. I’ve found it pays to hire a professional cover artist and it shows with both readers and sales.

    1. Anna Markland

      Hi Renee
      I was pretty pleased with the sales I had with my own covers, but your are right. Doing exponentially better now.

  10. Audra

    Great covers for great stories!

    1. Anna Markland

      Thanks Audra. Good to hear from you.

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