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Cat has grown up as a cutpurse on London's streets - pretending to be a boy to stay clear of the procurers, but that ruse is getting harder to maintain and she needs a new plan. One that will get her free of the streets and give her the hope of a new life. Then she finds that her plan was someone else's all along.



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Well as a steampunk author myself...  I don't get steampunk from the blurb or the cover.  My best guess from the cover would be Irish or Celtic mystery/murder/romance.  Blurb reminds me of something along the lines of a D&D Thieves Guild questline. 
 

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I love the image of the woman, but I think it can use some steampunky elements. Maybe something similar to this....

 

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Yeah, not seeing any 'steampunk' at all here.

First thing's first: as the blurb doesn't make it clear, please tell use what makes your story a steampunk story. We can help you way better once we know that.
 

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First copy - lovely but says fantasy romance to me. Cagnes' rework is awesomely perfect!
 

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Agreed with everyone else: Needs steampunk in the blurb and on the cover. The mockup cagnes did was AWESOME.

Here's another thing that bugged me:
she needs a new plan. One that will get
The sentence fragment left there really bugs me a lot. Try this:

Cat has grown up as a cutpurse on London's streets -- pretending to be a boy to stay clear of the procurers, but that ruse is getting harder to maintain. Now she needs a new plan that will get her free of the streets and give her the hope of a new life. Then she finds that her plan was someone else's all along.
Now that last sentence could do with some more punch and you need to sprinkle some details of your setting throughout the whole thing.

Hope that helps!
 

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I agree about the cover. It makes me think of historical drama.

The last line of your blurb confused me: "Then she finds that her plan was someone else's all along."

Someone else was manipulating her into choosing that plan? Or is someone else enacting the exact same plan as she is? And what is the plan? The cover makes me think Cat plans to impersonate nobility and get into high society, but it could just as easily be a plan to rob the nobility, or hide on a boat and sail to a new country, or seduce a wealthy but aging duke into marrying her, or set up an extremely successful lemonade stand.  ;D You don't have to tell me the entire plot, but give me a taste of what I'm in for!
 

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One thing I noticed in my own research into covers, the more space the model takes up in relation to the setting, the more likely it is to be a romance. Cagne's image shifts the cover not just to steampunk, but to adventure.
 
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1) This: Well as a steampunk author myself...  I don't get steampunk from the blurb or the cover.

2) Steampunk is clearest when you sell the full body of the model and she's wearing steampunk attire.

3) The suggestions are good ones.

The model you have is a good model for steampunk as she has an edgy unique look.
 
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