poll: Wolf Point cover redesign

I’ve been struggling with creating a cover for Warriors, the final book in the Wolf Point series.  I’ve also been struggling with writing it, but here’s the thing: I love to have a cover before I start writing.

In trying to come up with a cover, I want to keep the covers consistent across the entire series, and I’m kinda tired of the old covers, so here are my ideas!  I would really appreciate it if you could give these a glance and then vote in the poll at the end.

If you haven’t read the books, all you need to know is that this is a series about teenage werewolves.  Each of the first three books are from a different viewpoint and the final book will combine all of their POVs.

The Original Covers (for your reference):

Here we go!

Cover Redesign #1: The Indie Remix

This idea was to keep the original concepts of a slash across the cover, a vague throwback to the colors used on the originals, and having the main character represented.  I also thought these might evoke more of the coming-of-age themes in the series.

Cover redesign #2: Dark & Bold Remix

This redesign attempts to evoke more of the darkness of the series and not include people, while still having the slash sort of thing on the cover and the original colors.  If you like this one, please let me know your thoughts on the Scavengers and Warriors covers in particular, because to me the lettering doesn’t look as nice as the first two.  I’m also really unsure of the blue tone of the Warriors cover so if this is the winner, the color may change.

Cover redesign #3: Moontime

So, Canva was being a pain in the @$$ and wouldn’t let me download the Warriors cover in this redesign series.  But here’s the photo I’m going to use:

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The Poll!

 

 

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editing time!

I was so ambitious when I planned for the third Wolf Point prequel to be released May 1.  Quite honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking, because I had planned to write the rough draft during April’s Camp Nanowrimo.  Like when I wrote The Madman, the rough draft was not in fact completed by the end of camp.  With a new deadline of June 1st, I raced to try to finish the rough draft.

Did I mention that the June 1 deadline was my publication date?

Obviously, I missed that deadline as well.  Just last night, I managed to finish the first draft.  Editing is an easier process than writing, so hopefully I can make my new deadline of July 1.  (I will most definitely be pushing back my deadline for the fourth and final Wolf Point novel, Warriors – as of right now it’s August 1, but yeah, I’m planning to write the rough draft during July’s Camp, so August 1 is NOT HAPPENING).

What took so long for this draft?

Unlike the other two prequels, I didn’t have as much freedom in the timeline.

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I had both a historical timeline, and I was working through the years of recent history to where the Wolf Point books begin.  This covers approximately 100 years.  I had to account for all those years somehow, as well as deal with what might have been going on politically and socially in that time.  I knew I wanted to include the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 (not to be confused with the 1888 Blizzard that hit the East Coast), and I also had to research what was going on with several of the Native American tribes in that region during those years, which was… a lot.  Famine, being forced onto reservations, etc.  It’s amazing how much research I have to do for what amounts to a paragraph.  Or I try to write something simple, like someone cooking over a fire, only to discover after doing research that the particular tribe I am writing about cooked over hot stones, not fires.

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And then there were the family trees.  I have pretty much determined that it’s impossible to make a cohesive family tree for the Five Families.  The characters kept having babies and I kept forgetting to write them down.  I found myself with two characters named Charles, three named Sarah, and one whose name was both Ainsley and Kieran.

But the good news is that the end is in sight!  My goal is to have The Seer published before summer reading madness hits at my library, and get busy with writing Warriors (so far there’s just a rather vague outline and some scenes written when I had planned the series to be 6 books and the 4th book was from Misty’s POV and titled Fighters).