Wednesday, 15 July 2020

A new image

I've got a new logo! (You'd tell me if it wasn't purple enough, wouldn't you?)

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One of my novels, A Year And A Day, is having a new look too. Despite the old one having a heart shaped arrangement of rose petals, I didn't think it did enough to show it's a romance. The background of an Italian flag seemed appropriate because Luigi, one of the main characters, is Italian and quite a lot of the story is set in Trio, his restaurant (writing those scenes made me hungry!) Now though I think maybe it's misleading, as the story isn't set in Italy.

And the bit in the middle is just confusing, isn't it? That was supposed to represent the letter Stella received from the gypsy fortune teller to prove her predictions were correct. The new cover shows Stella at a point in the story where her love life is particularly complicated.

What do you think? Is it a change for the better?

Something which hasn't changed is the fact I'm still including links to free to enter writing competitions in my blog posts. This one, for UK residents only, offers a £500 prize for a short story on the theme of home.


Lindsay said...

Yes, I think your new cover is better, gives more of a suggestion of romance. Well done. I'd be very disappointed if your logo hadn't been purple.

liz young said...

I prefer the new cover. There was too much going on in the old one.

Anonymous said...

I prefer the new cover. Something slightly 'funerial' about the old one! 😯

Looby Lou

ados123 said...

Yes. I prefer the new cover too.
Just read your story in this week's TPF. Was half way through the story - so much information about shipping lanes etc so looked up to find the author. Not surprised to find it was yours. Congratulations.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the logo and the new cover. Simpler is often better.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love the logo. My favorite color is purple. And I like both covers but the new one is really good.

Marguerite said...

I like the new cover :) Purple is good - and so is mauve - what happened to mauve? It must be old-fashioned or something. Still, both are good colours for a logo :)
That look an interesting comp...,. Thank you, Patsy.

Jen said...

I like the new cover. I also love purple :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - it is purple that's for sure ... it's not my favourite colour: but it is yours and that's what counts. Take care - Hilary

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love the new cover, nicely done.

Patsy said...

@ Lindsay – It did seem the obvious colour choice!

@ Liz. Thanks – I agree (now – it seemed a good idea at the time!)

@ Looby Lou – In that case I'm doubly glad I changed it. That's definitely not representative of the story.

@ Alyson – That kind of nautical knowledge is put to use in my current novel too. Sometimes I wonder if my whole life is really research!

@ Alex – You're right. I must try to curb my impulse to over complicate things.

@ Natalie – Purple is the best colour!

@ Marguerite – The word mauve does sound old fashioned to me. Maybe it needs a rebrand?

@ Jen – Thank you! You have great taste.

@ Hilary – I doubt there's a colour everyone likes. Blue maybe? I don't recall anyone ever saying they don't like blue.

@ Annalisa – Thank you. I didn't do it myself, but I was there at the time, which I feel is close enough for me to take the credit.

Anonymous said...

Much prefer the new cover, Patsy as it makes it clear the story is about hopes and dreams, and love. Let's know if it sells better with the new cover. All good wishes. Kate Hogan.