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Hetty Gets Cover Upgrades

My  Hetty Fox cozy mystery series has always been my best seller, so I was somewhat surprised when one day I woke up thinking that dear Hetty needed new covers.

I’ve been in this publishing game for a bit but I’ve always made my own covers. I started out wth Gimp, a  sort of free version of Photoshop. I always thought it did a decent job. But once my son introduced me to Chromebooks, I found Gimp a bit more trouble to use than it had been. Thanks to a recommendation from a fellow publisher, I found,  where I happily settled in and busily turn out one cover after another.

And I was pleased with my efforts until just a few days ago when I woke up thinking that my Hetty Fox books needed a facelift.  I have since learned that several authors change covers every few years. I had not known this, but I am pleased to discover I’m not the only author to do this.

My original covers for Hetty featured a single graphic which I obtained many years ago. I would take that graphic and put it on a new background for each book and slap on a fresh title. As I said the books were selling reasonably well so I  did not see an immediate reason to change what I was doing.

Plus I had learned how to more effectively use Canva,  and I am delighted say I am thoroughly pleased with my upgrade for Hetty.  So without further Ado let me get visual in this post.

Here are a couple of the old covers and the new ones.  and please feel free to share your opinions. This is still a work-in-progress I have a couple more covers to do, but here are those that I have finished.



Crime World Trivia, #3

The Birth of the Modern Detective

Before the 19th century, there were few municipal police departments, though the first had been created in Paris in 1667. As police activities moved from appointees helped by volunteers to professionals, the idea of dedicated detectives did not immediately arise. The first private detective agency was founded by Eugène François Vidocq in Paris in the early 1800s, who had also headed a police agency in addition to being a criminal himself. Police detective activities were pioneered in England by the Bow Street Runners and later the Metropolitan Police Service in Greater London.[3] The first police detective unit in the United States was formed in 1846 in Boston.[4]