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I'm James Maxey, the author of the Bitterwood fantasy quartet, Bitterwood, Dragonforge, Dragonseed, and Dawn of Dragons, as well as a pair of superhero novels, Nobody Gets the Girl and Burn Baby Burn. (Click on the titles to be taken to Amazon.) I'm also the author of the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard. My Dragon Apocalypse series combines both superheroes and epic fantasy, and so far three books have been published, Greatshadow, Hush, and Witchbreaker. The fourth book in the series, Cinder, will be available May 18, 2016! I've also published numerous short stories, the best of which are reprinted in my collection, There is No Wheel.

This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to be placed on my mailing list to receive updates on new publications, drop me a line at james@jamesmaxey.net.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New covers, V2

So, four different people have told me the original font I chose was too difficult to read. I've tweaked the font to something a little less busy. I also changed the dragon a lot for Dragonseed. The yellow dragon with the red patch on his nose and the green eyes was supposed to represent Hex after he's gotten his golden nano shell. But, it looked busy, so I made it a monochrome yellow, changed the eyes to black, then added a layer filter in photoshop to give it a metallic sheen. It's not quite in keeping with my original bold, flat color vision, but I think it better captures "gold." My final tweaks were to the Dragonforge cover, where I enlarged the figure a bit then added the same metallic sheen, less pronounced. This cover had the most black space in it, and I think the slight touch of depth helps the dragon stand out from the darkness.

Should these covers not boost sales, I suppose six months from now I'll try again. This is one of the great advantages of epublishing; it costs nothing to try different covers, marketing blurbs, etc.


Loren Eaton said...

The new Dragonseed cover is really awesome. I'm not quite as crazy about the other two, although I can't exactly put a finger on why.

James Maxey said...

Thanks, Loren. I did one final tweak on the Dragonforge cover, thickening the neck, since I worried there was too much negative space. The Bitterwood cover is actually my favorite of the three, though if I were going to tweak it further it would probably be to even out the spiky fringe along the neck.

I'm loading them to Amazon this afternoon. I'm hoping it won't take long to find out if the new images improve sales.

Jeff Ambrose said...

Hi James,

I like these covers very much -- much better than the others, at least in terms of e-books. Very professional.

James Maxey said...

Thanks, Jeff! Alas, I think these designs will not be long for the world. I've had them up for a month now and have seen no boost in sales, which is leaving me wondering if I can't find something better. I'll be going to two science fiction cons over the next two weekends. Hopefully, I can find an artist who can produce something even better.

0906567c-60d1-11e0-ab07-000bcdcb5194 said...

nice and simple.