Since I did absolutely nothing newsworthy this weekend, I'd like to ask for some advice from my readers.
I've asked for advice on this subject in the past, and I hate to beat a dead horse, but I would appreciate your honest opinion.
When I first published, I made the choice to go with illustrated covers. I love my book covers, I really do.
However, recently For Nick was placed on a Goodreads list entitled, "Favorite Children's Books."
Ugh. I had to message Goodreads and have it removed, letting them know that it was a contemporary romance novel.
AND I was recently rejected by Book Bub (an ebook advertising site) for I Have People. (They accepted Lancaster House) I Have People has 18 five-star and four four-star reviews on Amazon. And only one three-star review. I would venture to guess that the reason is the cover. It doesn't look like a contemporary romance novel.
These two experiences have made me wonder if I should rethink my covers. Do people glance at them and think they are children's books?
I don't want to change my covers. I love them. But I do wonder if sales would improve if I changed the covers. (sales are the best they've ever been right now--but they could also be a lot better!) Self-publishing is an uphill battle and in order to succeed, books need to have the right cover!
I'm 48,000 words in to my next novel, entitled, I'm With You. This image--taken from istock and unpurchased as of yet--goes perfectly with the novel, and with my other covers, and I love it. But, I'm hesitant and unsure which way to go. (It's also very similar to For Nick) A woman standing alone, holding balloons, is extremely significant to the novel. But without that knowledge, perhaps it just looks like a children's book.
I'm considering going with something like this:
Do you think I should leave my covers as they are, or go for a more traditional look?
Thank you for your help!