Over the past couple of weeks, the paperback editions have been quietly migrated from Createspace to Kindle Direct Publishing. This means faster and simpler delivery (now fulfilled by normal Amazon means), and full Prime availability. The opportunity was also taken to make some tiny tweaks to the content and covers.
Additionally, the paperback edition of the Armada Wars Books 1–3 Omnibus is now live on Amazon! This 3 lb monster of a book contains Steal from the Devil, List of the Dead, and The Ravening Deep, and comes with a cost saving of about 20% over the individual copies. The second omnibus will be printed to the same dimensions, for those of you who like your books to line up properly.
The roadmap for The Great War of the Shaeld has now been updated to include the covers of From Shattered Stars and the two omnibus editions, as well as the placeholder for Whom Gods Shall Fear.
As you may have gathered from a previous post, the current paperbacks of the Armada Wars novels are undergoing a slight evolution.
For one thing, the matte effect covers are being replaced by traditional glossy covers. The proofs have arrived today and I have to say they look much better — colours are rendered more accurately and consistently, text layout and appearance has been improved, the "Armada Wars" title from the Kindle editions has been added, and they generally just look smashing.
Those paperbacks are populating to Amazon right now.
The other big news is that Steal from the Devil will be entering its third edition with this iteration. Unlike previous revisions, this one will add some new text: some dialogue, some prose, some inner thoughts. And a few minor tweaks and corrections of course. This update will also be issued to Kindle customers.
Finally, as was mentioned in the previous post, this update marks the end for the larger and more expensive "standard editions".
The cover art for the imminent novella I Dream of Damastion is here at last! Behold.
Thanks to a lot of input from yourselves — and between this blog and the brand's Facebook pages, that was the best bit of teamwork we've had for a while — the refreshed covers for the Armada Wars novels have now been selected.
They've all been uploaded to Amazon, and will populate throughout their regional sites over the next day or two. The paperback covers will be refreshed after The Ravening Deep is released (since the "also by the author" bit will need updating anyway.)
For those of you who have only just joined this mission, you missed all the fun. Here's what the rest of us decided on in your absence (the images below are clicky-make-big):
The poll is now closed! Thanks to everyone who voted and commented, both here and on social media.
The purpose of this refresh is to match the text alignment between covers, make the covers less monotone, and help increase the visibility of the text in thumbnail versions of the covers.
You can click on the images below to enlarge them. In gallery view, use the left and right cursor keys to flick quickly between covers.
NOTE: A third set of images has now been added in response to negative feedback about the proposed text layout. These latest images are in the middle column, and labelled as the "compromise" covers.