A different tack



Another week has passed in self-isolation here in Devon.


Rather than talk about the effect that the lockdown is having on me and my family, a subject which has just about been done to the max by everyone, I thought I would bring you up to date with the rebranding that’s been underway on all my novels.


Revamp and Rebrand.

Otherwise known as, where else did I post that?


I really liked most of my original book covers. They were how I visualised each story. Until it was pointed out to me that they weren’t presenting a brand, that they were just a series of (very nice) disjointed images. I realised that there were more important things than just a good picture.

It was time for a change.

I’ve been greatly helped in this exercise by Gill Trewick, who has designed some wonderful new covers for me, and given me valuable help with all the other aspects of the task.

You’ve already been introduced to the new-look Andorra Pett, here they are again anyway,



now it’s time to reveal some more great cover artwork.

But first, some thoughts on the process.

It’s a good feeling to change things around, but in a way, it’s as much a test of memory as anything else.

I’m in the process of relaunching all my novels, the process has already thrown up some interesting results. There’s a lot more to it than just putting the new improved files on Amazon, plastering them over social media and sitting back as the money rolls in.

Sure, the new covers look fantastic, the blurbs rock and you’ve fixed that annoying typo you never got around to; but can you remember everywhere you posted the old version?

Who is selling it, where have you posted a picture of the cover? Is it on your website, twitter header, Instagram, Pinterest etc. etc?

And what about that guest post you did?

Didn’t you once list the book on Smashwords, or was it D2D?

Before you know it, the old version of your book will start turning up everywhere, ready to spoil your whole launch day.

Someone will complain that you’re not supposed to be selling it in a place you didn’t know you were.

 Someone will always spot the old one, tell you about it, a version you didn’t remember will crawl out of the woodwork (with the typo, OBVS).


A relaunch is a great chance to corral all the errant material that’s out there. Because once it’s on the web, it’s always on the web.

Unless it’s a recipe you liked and want to try again, you can never find those.

Re-reading all the novels again can also give you ideas for sequels, prequels and spin-off stories, more adventures for your characters.

Here are my other new covers so far, arranged in series.


Balcom


Dave Travise


Flash Fiction


Life and Other Dreams


There are still a few to do, the steampunk and a couple of the stand-alone novels, watch out for more updates.

All my publications can be found on my Amazon page, at


I hope everyone who reads this is coping and that your families are OK, stay inside and stay safe.


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8 Responses

    • Richard Dee

      Thanks, Chris, the credit must go to Gill Trewick, my designer. She got the idea and produced some brilliant covers. I’ll be putting the rest up next week. Hope you’re all OK over there.

  1. Stevie Turner

    When I re-launched some of my novels I found the same problem, and on Goodreads you cannot change the cover of your book, so I’m stuck with the old ones. I like your new covers by the way.

    • Richard Dee

      Thanks, there is a way to change covers on Goodreads. You have to create a new edition of the book, with the new cover. Then make it the default edition on your dashboard and it will load first.

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