Starting Over Is…Well, Interesting

One of things I’m noticing with my rebranding (changing my last name back to my maiden name in all my author books and platforms) is that I was everywhere as my former author self. I had a few blogs and way too many social media accounts. And while it was a pain to make all the changes and see all that money in self-hosting and the paid plug-ins (good only for one site, let’s say) go down the drain, it felt good in the end to make the change.

It’s a new beginning.

My one consolation is that for the past nine months, I haven’t had a new release, which meant that I only had to rebrand three books. And the rebranding of those three books and a few short stories have certainly proven to be a huge lesson in consistency when it came to the author platform.

I’m not even going to show you how my old covers looked like, not when I need my former author identity struck off the record, so to speak, so the less seen of that name, the better. But most of the cover designs remained the same even though I had every opportunity to take advantage of a full rebrand and change the overall look, including overhauling all the book covers.

Only there was nothing wrong with the previous designs – just the author’s surname – and it would have cost more money than I had on hand (which I was putting into the new release in October, Everything She Ever Wanted) to change what wasn’t broke.

So today, part of my rebranding was changing the cover of my first book, Finding Sam. In this case, a brand new cover turned out to be the original cover I had purchased three years ago but never used.  And while going through reviews I could use in a banner, I stumbled across this one review which reminded me why I write:

“This story held so many complexities and depth and layers that were relatable and true.  You did not hide the harsh realities of abuse and the thoughts that go through our heads. You made it clear that our battles were not always going to have a knight in shining armor and you were honest in all of the emotion in this story.  I’m with you and I hold nothing but thanks and love for this.”

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