I am thrilled to announce that the cover for my new book, A Confidence Carol, has been finalized, and I am absolutely in love with it:
A massive thank you goes out to my designer and one of my best friends since 5th grade, Jacob Fox, for doing the design again. Like the cover for my first book, I think it captures the tone of my story perfectly.
This design is obviously completely different than the mock-up I posted at the beginning of the month. We admittedly tried to pay too much homage to A Christmas Carol at first with the chains, holly, and other holiday effects, which might have made the book appear more niche than it really is. Many that I showed the first round of concepts to also said that it felt too negative for a coming-of-age story with a [spoiler alert] happy ending.
Jake also had the suggestion to change the title to a novella, the definition of which fits my story to a T. Per Wikipedia:
The novella is generally not as formally experimental as the long story and the novel can be, and it usually lacks the subplots and the multiple points of view that are common in the novel. It is most often concerned with personal and emotional development rather than with the larger social sphere. The novella generally retains something of the unity of impression that is a hallmark of the short story, but it also contains more highly developed characterization and more luxuriant description.
And since the story weighs in at just under 30,000 words and is a fairly quick read, I am also hoping from a marketing standpoint that the word Novella will invite more potential readers that might be afraid of the ‘commitment’ required of reading a longer story to purchase it.
What do you think of the new cover?
Also, a reminder that the first chapter will be available to download for free this Friday, November 29th!