I recently wrote a blog post about redesigning the covers of my books to make them more uniform, to give them more of a brand. The next book in this process is the box set that combines the trilogy of books 1-3 of The Dragons of Westermere.

The book currently has a cover that I actually quite like, but it has different looking text to the way I want my books to look, going forward. It is also a very busy image that maybe doesn’t work so well as a thumbnail. For the new cover, I decided to paint something that has more of a monochrome and brooding energy.

Before I began, I quickly checked the recommended size for cover images for Amazon Kindle direct before starting. It is not a fun feeling when you realize you have painted something too small, because there is no way to scale art up, only down.

I found the dimensions on a page full of amazon cover advice and was surprised at how relatively small the dimensions are, at just 2,560 x 1,600. I think I’ll paint a little bigger and scale down, just to be on the safe side: something like 3,600 x 2,400.

I’m replacing the previous writing with the font I have used on the covers of all my sci-fi books, which is Orthodox Herbertarian, the same font used on the cover of the Dune books by Frank Herbert. On the covers of my sci-fi books, the title has a blue line above and below, so I’m doing this on the covers of my fantasy books, too.

While changing the font for the tiles, I have also made my name bigger on the cover of the book. The idea behind this is that my name is my brand, as an author, which is why this blog is called simply BrettFitzpatrick.com.

I’ve tried to simplify the image more than the previous one by severely limiting the color palette I’m using. It took a heck of a long time to draw the new cover, because of all the detail, in the rocks and in the skin of the dragon, but I’m hoping that it will be worth it.

As you can see below, the new cover of The Dragons of Westermere Trilogy/Box Set is now very similar to my sci-fi books.

Galaxy Dog (Dark Galaxy) Start Reading the Dark Galaxy Trilogy

The first book in the Dark Galaxy Trilogy, always the best place to start, is Galaxy Dog. It’s a little more old-school and fun than a lot of the sci-fi that is around at the moment. It has spaceships, robots, battles, and brave warriors rebelling against an evil empire. Click the book cover and go to the storefront you prefer to buy it now, or follow this link.