I don't know about other authors, but book covers have been a constant source of stress ever since I published my first book Watched. As you can see, the cover has gone from this
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I absolutely adored the original cover for Watched. The artist and I had worked closely, exchanging emails and edits until everything was just right. The bokeh and lens flares, the intense red of the girl's hoodie, her somber expression....It gave off such a whimsical emo feel. It made you happy and melancholy at the same time, if there's even such a feeling. I mean, just look at the damn thing.
Alas, all good things must come to an end. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the new covers, too. But you never forget your first.
So, why did I change the covers? Continuity.
The artist of the original cover had taken this great picture of this young woman on a whim. She saw her, she pulled out her camera and BAM! It was a one time only deal. This kind of puts a monkey wrench on all subsequent covers in the series. I should have thought about this earlier, but after seeing the cover for the first time, it grew on me.
I finally bit the bullet and let the original go when I couldn't find or commission anything similar in theme. I knew that I needed all the covers to be unified and somehow relatable to the books. I researched trends in YA book covers for months, only to find that most publishers were still going with the 'girl in pretty dress' look. I didn't want that. If my character, Mikayla, was an actual person, she would snarkily tell me the same.
That's when I turned to Photoshop to create the theme and continuity I sought. And I think I've found that in the new covers. And I hope my readers with enjoy them as much as I do.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with book covers? What kind of covers are you tired of seeing?