More covers, more progress, and more from Gaetano for #WIPpet Wednesday

As I pointed out in my last post on this blog, the cover of Chameleon in a Mirror didn’t do so hot at a cover rating site, so I decided to try a couple of alternatives. I’ve been tweaking them a bit since, and here are the results:

Do let me know what you think! When I have a chance, I plan to upload them as well to the cover rating site to see if they do any better, but the next week and a half is going to be crazy. We have a number of guests from the States arriving, and there will be a lot going on.

With all the work on covers and packaging that I’ve been doing recently, I haven’t been breaking any records on the new words front. But I did manage to get my quota of 2500 words written on Shards of Glass. It’s already several thousand words longer than I originally projected, and new scenes keep popping up, demanding to be written as well. It will be interesting to see how long the book turns out to be.

Since it is Wednesday, that means it is also time for an excerpt from a WIP for WIPpet Wednesday. Since Gaetano is a popular lad in these parts, we’re sticking with him for now, following wherever he needs to go. This snippet is 19 sentences long for the 19th of the month — plus 2 to end the paragraph. It follows directly after what I gave you last week:

Gaetano suspected that the dowager princess would somehow ensure that her daughter-in-law would be unsuccessful, but he didn’t want to tell her that. “It would be worth a try, Your Grace.”
“Would you tell her for me that I will consult witches in addition to doctors on her behalf?”
Tell her thanks, but I can hear her just fine.
“Signorina Minerva wishes you to know that she is grateful, and that she can hear what you say, she just cannot speak.”
“Except to you,” Anastasia said thoughtfully.
He nodded.
“Then I will be requiring your services on a regular basis to accompany me to Murano to speak with my sister,” the princess said.
“I am afraid that will not be possible, Your Grace,” Gaetano said. “The dowager princess will soon be sending me to Bohemia.”
Bohemia? Minerva called out in his mind. Is Zilia sending you to murder Chiara?
“No,” Gaetano said. “That makes no sense. How could she?”
“You truly are speaking with my sister,” Anastasia murmured.
“Yes, but please do not tell anyone,” he said, addressing Anastasia again. “I might be accused of practicing magic illegally. In exchange, if you have not found a way to lift this spell by the time I return from Bohemia, I promise to do everything in my power to help you.” But what? He had no magic, and no access to those who did.

WIPpet Wednesday is the brain child of K. L. Schwengel. If you’d like to participate, post an excerpt from your WIP on your blog, something that relates to the date in some way. Then add your link here — where you can also read the other excerpts.

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11 thoughts on “More covers, more progress, and more from Gaetano for #WIPpet Wednesday”

  1. Shipped off to Bohemia! Tsk, tsk. I wonder if Zilia suspects Gaetano of not being entirely honest with her.

    I think the cover with the clock and the mask is more representative of the story than the one with the girl. My eye is drawn more to the girl, but it’s not a cover I would pick up. I think it’s just the color. (I liked the original cover, actually, but I get that changes need to happen sometimes.) Can you maybe make the mirror in the clock cover larger? So it’s almost like a clock mirror?

  2. I’m on board with the clock and mask, especially with ReGi’s suggested adaptations. The mirror and girl might work better if she were male in her reflection…

    As for Gaetano, I think he’s going to somehow figure all this out…I have no idea how, but I have faith in him….

    Enjoy your guests, and the craziness they bring with them! =D

  3. …I’m in the minority, but I prefer the second (though I too actually liked the original cover!). Something about the title on both jars with me though, I think possibly because the alignment isn’t centered and it seems a little off-kilter (and probably because I’m mildly OCD if I’m honest), and on the second I think the “a time travel novel” byline might be better centered and lowered over your name. I like Shan’s suggestion about her reflection too, but might be a little awkward to do. (Ah… sorry if this is a bit rambley and not really what you’re looking for…)

    Something tells me Gaetano might be safer going to Murano in the short term… but it’s intriguing that Chiana’s in Bohemia. Makes me wonder if the Dowager wants to rub Minerva’s sister’s nose in it somehow…

  4. Wow, one stop in your blog and I’ve learned so much! A book cover rating site? I had no idea such things existed. You can be sure I’ll be googling that in the near future!

    I don’t know the first thing about good cover design, but as a reader, I think I’d reach for the second cover. I’m interested in the girl in the mirror, and I really love that floor for some reason. The setting draws me in—the floor, the mirror and the large gloom room in the background, I guess. I’d like to get a little further into that world. I don’t dislike the first cover though.

    I’m new to Gaetano, but I’m intrigued…

    And, holy smokes, you’ve got a LOT of projects going at once! If I tried to juggle that many ideas at once, I think my head would explode. That’s a very impressive collection of word counts!

  5. ohh poor Gaetano, still stuck between that rock and hard place. He’s going to have to figure out what he’s going to do soon.

    PS I like the second cover, the one with the person.

  6. I like the one with the figure, though it looks like the girl is strangling herself. I can’t see it very clearly at the moment. Small screen. Sun shining. But the tag line is a bit distracting where it’s placed.

    Excellent excerpt as usual. Gaetano is definitely in a hard place. Can’t wait to see how you work him out of it.

  7. Very, very late to this party, but… Liked the first cover best, but did find the text a bit…’odd’. Only way to describe it. I just know I’d be more likely to read a book with that cover than one with the girl and the mirror. Then again… I love mysteries.

    Gaetano needs to watch how he speaks where others can here. He’s being a bit too willing to speak aloud.

  8. I had no idea there were book cover rating sites, but when I get to the publishing stage, I will have to look into them. Good to know! As far as your covers, I prefer the one on the left.

    I liked the snippet. Again, I’m intrigued!

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