Time to play Which Cover do you Like Better? I received two ARC (advanced reader copies) in the mail yesterday, both of which had one cover on the ARC itself plus a color printout announcing that the book had a new cover. Interesting!
I tweeted the covers last night and wondered what caused the change. I wanted to share with you because the change in the cover art is remarkable. If you like faces on your covers, prepare to be disappointed. What's fascinating for me is that the new covers are for later books in a series, and represent a significant departure from the images used in earlier books. Have a look.
In May 2012, Katherine Longshore's Gilt was released, with the following cover:
This is the old cover for her book Tarnish, which will be released in June of 2013:
And here is the new cover, which matches the redesigned paperback cover for Gilt – the paperback will release in May 2013, just before Tarnished:
Quite a difference, isn't it?
Both of these books are Tudor-set YA novels coded for “Ages 12 and up.” Gilt is about Catherine Howard; Tarnish is about Anne Boleyn. So both are aimed at a young female market. Which cover do you like better? Any young ladies within arms reach? What do they think?
Here's another presto-change-o example of cover art redesign.
In October 2012, Fiona Pauls' Venom was released with the following cover:
Here's the redesigned paperback version, due out in June:
Much like Gilt and Tarnish, the sequel to Venom has two covers, one old, and one new. The old cover, which is on the ARC I received, looks like this:
The new cover matches the style of the paperback version:
This is also historical YA romance, set in Italy. I can see that the second set of covers try to emphasize the place, but the images are so bland compared to the faces.
You can see some of the other covers for the Fiona Paul series on her website sidebar.
I've always been fascinated by the differences in cover art between the US and UK markets, but these changes are so remarkable, I'm not sure what to make of them. The new Paul covers are drab and look like romantic suspense to me, but the new Longshore covers are very eye-catching with all the metallic backgrounds and the jewels.
Which do you like better? Do you think the new set will appeal to the YA market more or less?