Thursday, April 11, 2013

Meet Mark Taylor: New Cover for Mark Taylor: Genesis

I've been thinking about this for a long time. I had found a picture on a stock photo site of a man who looked very, very much how I've always pictured Mark Taylor. I downloaded a sample of it, thinking maybe I would use it for an unfinished romantic suspense novel--someday, if I ever finished. A few months ago, I went ahead and bought the stock image because someone on Kboards warned that they didn't buy a stock photo at the time they saw it and went they went back later, it was gone. I couldn't let that happen to Mark Taylor--er--the stock photo guy! So bought the photo. I still didn't know what to do with it as I'm not any closer to completing the romantic suspense.

Then, two things happened. One, I had a 99 cent sale of Mark Taylor: Genesis. It did fair--not horrible but didn't meet my expectations. I even had the big gun of EreaderNewsToday (ENT) behind it last week when it was a bargain book. Even with that huge site promoting it, sales were mediocre. I put it out of my mind because I had a successful run of my duobook of No Good Deed and March Into Hell a few days later. Looking back though, I had three times as many downloads of the duobook on ENT and that was the same day it was also promoted on Bookbub, so I imagine some of the Bookbub followers might crossover with the ENT people, thereby diluting the ad on ENT to some extent. So, I took a closer look at my cover--it's the first thing people notice. It occurred to me that the cover could be mistaken for Christian Fiction. Between the word Genesis in the title and the rising sun, it kind of looked religious. That would turn off those who aren't fans of the genre, but those looking for that kind of book would then go on to read the blurb and realize it wasn't.

On Amazon
The second thing that happened is that I started reading David Farland's "Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing".(well worth the $2.99 too!). It wasn't one specific thing he said, but I was reading about how readers find something in a character to resonate with. With Mark Taylor, he's this reluctant hero who ends up being wrongly imprisoned in No Good Deed. While most of us, thankfully, have never been wrongly imprisoned, I'm sure we've all been wrongly accused of something, even if it was something minor like eating the last chocolate chip cookie in the house. Hey, it wasn't me! I swear it! I have had a lot of email, posts on my FB author page and reviews that indicate that for a lot of readers, Mark Taylor resonated with them on some level.

So, with that in mind, I decided to give Mark a face to go with the story. I thought that would bring the story closer to the reader right off the bat. There is a risk that some people have formed pictures of him in their heads that don't match the man I chose for the cover, especially since I was purposefully vague in my description of him,but for new readers, I think it'll go over well as I this guy is very close to the description in the book.

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I just want to note something about comments on this blog. I read every single one of them, but there is some kind of glitch that I don't know how to fix that won't let me comment on several different blogs, but most frustrating is it won't let me comment even on my own! I don't know how many times I've googled the problem. It's very frustrating! I just want you all to know that I'm not ignoring you when you comment. 

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