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I have to admit it! I LOVE A GREAT COVER! I'm in the middle of working with my cover artist on my next novel, The Ladybug Jinx, and she had an idea that when someone see's (or is it sees?) my cover they say, "Yep, that's a Tonya Kappes cover."

I think that's  a brilliant idea. What do you think?  
 

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We're doing that for series. With the Area 51 covers I'm working on keeping the overall style, font identical, but the image and base colors are different.

We have an author who is writing a series on Unusual Royal History. For her first book the image of a royal thrown with a crown is on a white background. It has a red stylish font. For the next book we are going for something very similar. Same font style, different color and we are looking at a broach with a crown for the image (author is Victoria Martinez).

We Are Not Alone The Writer's Guide to Social Media has been followed up with a second book by the same author, Kristen Lamb, titled Are You There Blog? It's Me, Writer. I worked very hard to make sure the two books had an over similar feel.

I think it can be a good way to brand, but it can also create a challenge. You don't want to limit yourself. Cover is an important marketing tool and sometimes you sort of have to jump ship and be bold. But there are ways to keep things with a similar feel.
 

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I'm probably going to stick with the same cover designer for all the novels in my series, and have the same general feel for all of them.

I think all of my novellas will have a very distinct look too.
 

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I want to make sure each series I write has a distinct look, but I do a couple of different genres, so the look of each series will be unique.  I made the cover for Inferno (the Tempest sequel which isn't out yet) set up like Tempest.  
 

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Tonya said:
I have to admit it! I LOVE A GREAT COVER! I'm in the middle of working with my cover artist on my next novel, The Ladybug Jinx, and she had an idea that when someone see's (or is it sees?) my cover they say, "Yep, that's a Tonya Kappes cover."

I think that's a brilliant idea. What do you think?
Absolutely. That's how it's done, actually. At least within various series. And your cover is a great sales pitch in itself. You definitely want to grab your audience at a glance again.

I have multiple styles and genres, so I am playing with establishing a look which signals to the reader which series they're getting, etc. Unfortunately I don't have any two books alike right now, so it's not helping me much.

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They're starting to. I just commissioned new covers for my Ellie Foreman series. They all have the same font and look (a b/w photo with colored titles that really pop). I'm really glad I did it... it even seems to be working!
 

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I was thinking that making all the books look completely different would help confuse the readers and annoy people looking for your other work.
 

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My covers are all done by the same fantastic artist (my sister) and she has a signature style, but her range is wide.  The covers and their unique look has a lot to do with what I want out of a cover, and how my sister and I work together.

I tend to like more abstract covers, because I think they allow for the reader to put their own imagination to work on the content inside.  Which is why you don't see people on my covers.  Compis and its sequels will all use a similar font and symbols, but different colors.  Angel and its sequels will all have the same color and heart, but the symbol inside the heart will be different for every story(these are a series of short stories, not books).  Six Keys is thus far a stand alone, but at some point I'd like to add a prequel and sequel.  Not even thinking about what those will look like.

I love it when authors use a certain style for their covers.  It allows for easy identification.  I greatly appreciate that, as a reader.
 

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My novels all have a specific look, but once I change series I'm going to try a new look.

As far as the short stories go, I try to make the cover match the story and I've been experimenting a lot with different looks.

My worst cover is also my most popular story.  *sigh*  It's hard to figure it all out.  I'm just doing the best I can and hope something catches. :)
 

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Because my books deal with the undead, graveyards, paranormal, etc....I do want to have book covers that have that element in them. I think (ha-ha) I'm "honor-bound" to have some kind of creepy vibe-ish thing going on! It's been fun to create them and I'm still kicking around book [cover] #3... and yes, John Locke has the "legs," which is catchy and sexy without being "too much."
 

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Tonya said:
I have to admit it! I LOVE A GREAT COVER! I'm in the middle of working with my cover artist on my next novel, The Ladybug Jinx, and she had an idea that when someone see's (or is it sees?) my cover they say, "Yep, that's a Tonya Kappes cover."

I think that's a brilliant idea. What do you think?
That's what everyone is flapping about with the subject of "brand." And it's not a new idea. When I re-designed my cover recently for The Gaslight Journal and showed it to a friend, he immediately said, "I know when I look at that cover, it's you, because it has the same look as the rest of your covers."

Oh, and it's sees. Apostrophe s is the possessive, and I can't think of one time when an object would belong to the see, or when the see would possess something. If you can break the apostrophe s word into the noun + is, then it's possessive. If you can't and have it make sense, then it's the plural.
 
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