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Cover Reveals

I had revealed the Into the West: Family Ties cover art a while back, but it had been so long since I had done it, I thought it deserved a re-reveal to refresh everyone's memories. I had not posted the cover images anywhere so it had remained fairly secretive. 

To reshare the cover image, I once again decided to make a brief video which you can see below. 



Past and Current Covers 

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When I first began self-publishing my book serial, I really had no clue what I was doing when it came to anything past writing my story. These past few years have been a real learning experience as I have released more books in my saga and connected with others who have been at this much longer than I. 

One thing that I started doing, all be it kind of late in the game, is having cover reveals for my books. The first book I did a reveal for was slated to be part five, Into the West: Last showdown as you will see here in this first cover reveal video. However, as I was finishing up that book I realized it was twice the size of all of the other books in the Into the West Saga Serial and I still had three chapters to go. I decided to split that book up into two books. Into the West: To Save Them All was added and Into the West: Last Showdown is now set to be released September 2021 with the same cover you see here. 


It is rather funny that in this video I talk about how things change as I write my stories. The characters really do keep me on my toes and they are ultimately the ones in charge of how this story play out. Keep watching here for more cover reveals coming in the future.  



Into the West: The Orphan Train


When I originally began the Into the West Saga Serial, I wanted to use historical photos like you see on these original covers. The feed back I got was that people did not think these were fiction books. 

When people saw these covers, the assumed from the photo art that they were actual history books and many said they would jut pass them over because of that perception. Because of this I decided to redesign the first two book covers as I created the cover for part three in the saga.  

When I changed the cover, I also took the opportunity to have the book reedited. Originally, I and two other people edited the book. However, none of of were professional book editors, many mistakes made it through and were published. When I reissued this book, it was the same text, but with fewer typos. 

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When I started to play with ideas for the cover redesign, I looked at a lot of classic western covers. I wasn't a fan of the full "painting" style of artwork for my covers. My stories are historical fiction, not just straight fiction, I spend a lot

of time researching the history of the time period my books are set

in, so I wanted something that brought some of that realism to the

cover, but also would make it easy to see that these books were all

part of a serial. 

I decided to mimic the style used for many of Louis L'Amour books.

They use a solid colored background and a smaller inset photo.

While he does use the "painting" style for his image art, I liked the 

overall layout and used it as the basis for my cover designs.