I know some of you are already bitching “There’s Christmas shit next to the Halloween candy!” So let me further assault your eyes. You may know from a previous post that I am releasing a Lexy Cooper Christmas story this season. For shits and giggles and as a sort of experiment in short-form content and interest in it.
Short-story or horse-choking epic saga–you need a cover image. So I looked at what other Christmas crime/mystery titles had done. Here’s a sampling:
Pretty dang twee, if you know what I’m saying. Got anything a little…bloodier?
That right there is about as violent as it gets. Broken tree ornaments and gingerbread cookies are very popular in this genre, but it seems as though authors and cover artists keep it pretty innocuous for the holidays. At least that’s what I found scrolling through ten pages of covers on Amazon. I have a book to finish writing, after all–this isn’t my master’s thesis or anything.
So no blood and gore, and no particularly ominous images. Fair enough. But what I also didn’t see were any sexy images. Not even really for the Christmas romance titles. Aha, thought I, there’s how my book can stand out. So I went to the artist Brett Parson, who created Lexy’s look with the covers of Schooled and Pwned and gave him–as usual–pretty minimal direction. Lexy should be wearing something “skanky–but Christmassy” and should be basically “giving Santa a lap dance.”
He sent back this sketch.
So there it is! I’m confident that someone searching for a Christmas mystery or story will undoubtedly notice my offering.
My original plan was to release it November 1, but… I’m already seeing holiday themed fiction rising the ranks on Amazon. And my editor and I are thisclose to being done.
So I ask you, readers and authors: Should I release mid-October and get two extra weeks of goodness, or wait? Remember, it will be over and “last season” on December 26.
I took your advice and released it! I Saw Lexy Kissing Santa is available now on Amazon.com for a mere 99 cents.