Judging a book by its cover is something we all do. How can we not? When there are dozens of books that pop up when you search for your favorite genre and you don’t have time to read every synopsis, you look for an eye-catching cover and start there. Authors don’t like to believe that their captivating writing and intricate characters might be passed over because they might not be as creative as others and may not be able to afford a professionally designed cover, but it definitely happens.

When my novel, “Inquest,” was first published, it was published with a traditional publisher. Unfortunately, that relationship ended prematurely and I was faced with republishing on my own and not having much time thanks to being in my last year of dental hygiene school. I had promotional commitments I didn’t want to miss out on and ended up having to rush through the cover design. I wasn’t completely pleased with the new covers, but I knew they would have to do for now until I had more time to redesign them after graduation. That planned changed when a lovely reviewer made the comment that even though she loved the book, she thought the so-so cover wasn’t going to draw new readers because they just didn’t grab anyone’s attention. Obviously the redesign couldn’t wait.

The original covers all featured people, which is hard because you either have to find the perfect stock photo, or find a model willing to work within you budget. I didn’t want to hassle with either option, so I decided to nix the people and go with a symbol instead. This took some serious Photoshop hours to design the three symbols used for the covers in the trilogy and a search for the right kind of fire to use as a backdrop, but in the end I felt much more satisfied with the redesigned covers than I did with the original.

So, what do the symbols mean?

The first book in The Destroyer Trilogy, INQUEST, features the chaos symbol. The chaos Libby is thrown into after her Inquest reveals her as the hated Destroyer, forces her to hide her talents in order to keep herself alive.

SECRET OF BETRAYAL, the second book in the series, features the symbol for renewal and rebirth. Once Libby makes her decision, rebuilding her life to fit her new purpose means rescuing the group of Ciphers being held in the spirit world and claiming them as her army.

The final book in the series, DARKENING CHAOS, features a new symbol, a combination of chaos and rebirth. At the end of Libby’s journey she struggles to balance her dual purpose without everything falling apart around her.

Thank you so much, Krystal, for inviting me to your blog today!


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DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or studying about teeth as a Dental Hygiene student. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree's newest series, The Godling Hunger Series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths

6/3/2013 19:31:42

Thank you so much for having me on your blog Krystal!

6/4/2013 03:40:09

These sound like great books to read. I love how the covers are similar and have different colors that make them different.

6/4/2013 21:12:03

Thanks for stopping by, Christy! I really wanted to carry a theme with all three covers, but also make each one unique :)

6/4/2013 05:34:45

I suppose this is a valid point I try hard not to choose a book just by it's cover. I think a lot of people do though, I had a room-mate in University that even picked up videos solely by the cover I remember asking what the movie was about and being told I don't know but the cover looked good. Congrats on all your hard-work.

6/4/2013 21:13:22

It's hard not to look at a cover and make snap judgement. Hopefully these covers make a better impression :) Thanks for stopping by!

6/4/2013 09:04:07

Congrats on being featured, DelSheree!

6/4/2013 21:14:03

Thanks for stopping by Czjai!

6/4/2013 14:01:20

If I don't have much time to read the synopsis. I am drawn to a book by the title and the cover. So yes, I agree with you that the cover should have much impact to the eyes of the reader. It's all in the package of a great book. Thanks for sharing!

PS: I just can't believe that I'm having online acquaintances/ blogging friends that have actually published a book. Yehey! =D

6/4/2013 21:15:42

Thanks for stopping by, Kristine! You're so right, too, that a lot of people don't have time to read a bunch of synopsis to judge between so many books. Covers have to stand out. I hope these one do :)

6/5/2013 22:18:51

There is so much work that goes into writing a book, isn't there? After so much time spent on properly putting all the pages together, you then have to deal with the front cover, which is of course the first thing people will see. All of these look great. The different colors symbolizing something different is fantastic.

6/6/2013 00:28:59

You are so right! Writing the book seems to be the easy part :) Afterward is the synopsis and query letter, the marketing, the cover. That when the real work starts! Thanks for stopping by Lexie!


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