As some of you may know, back in June, I released my first novel, called The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock in ebook form on all major ebook retailers. A couple of months later, I released a trade paperback edition from CreateSpace (links to both editions under the Prince Malock World tab above).
Thing is, I made the book’s cover on my own, mostly as a way to get a handle on cover design and to see if I could make a good cover. The old cover, which you can see here:
did not come out all that well.
So I hired a cover designer to do the covers for the rest of the Prince Malock World series (you can see his work by clicking on the Prince Malock World tab above).
But this old cover for Book One was still here and I didn’t like how it looked so different from the other books in the series, so I asked my cover designer to do a redesign. Here’s what he came up with:
Very interesting and eyecatching, yes?
Not only that, but I felt that the blurb for The Mad Voyage of Prince Malock was weak, too, so I changed that as well. Here’s the new blurb:
“A mad voyage. A deadly sea. A prince who is determined to conquer both.
No mortal has ever sailed to the end of the world and returned to tell the tale. Legend says that the southern seas are full of dangerous sea creatures, lethal storms, and monstrous entities that even the gods cannot imagine. Only a great fool or a brave hero would dare to venture into these deadly waters, much less in response to the summons of a deity he has never even met.
Prince Tojas Malock is determined to cross the southern seas, even at the cost of his own life. To answer the summons of a goddess he does not worship, Malock recruits the finest crew money can buy: an intelligent but haughty mage, a young woman with a mysterious past, a fisherman with a secret, and an aquarian woman who knows far more than she lets on. With his ragtag crew of sailors, Malock sails to the world’s end, prepared to overcome whatever the southern seas may throw at him.
But with mortal-eating gods, murderous aquarian pirates, and a betrayal within the ship’s crew itself, Prince Malock’s mad voyage may be destined for nothing more than a tragic end.”
Personally I think this blurb is better than the old one. A lot more interesting and exciting, in my opinion, which is always a good thing when writing a sales blurb for your novel.
However, I have not yet uploaded the new cover onto all of the sites, nor have I uploaded the new blurb. Rest assured that I will get all of that done over the next day or so, including getting the new cover on the trade paperback version.
And yes, the trade paperback version of The Coronation of Prince Malock, the fourth and final book in the series, is on its way. I simply haven’t received the proof from CreateSpace yet, but as soon as I get it and read through it to fix typos, formatting errors, and the like, I will definitely announce I purchase here on this blog.