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A woman with dark hair and brown eyes staring out of the cover. She has a mask pushed up over her forehead. In gold text: "Victoria Leybourne, Faustina: Beauty and the Beast in Venice"

New cover for Faustina!


I’ve been weirdly energetic lately, at least by my own low standards. Picture a red-haired sloth with a Red Bull and you’re most of the way there. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to channel all of that energy into writing because my attention span is terrible (exhibit A: virtually every life choice I have made since 2012). But I have done some work on Faustina and I’m feeling pretty good about it at the moment.

I’ve also made a new cover for it. Sure, you could argue that a book I haven’t finished yet doesn’t need any cover at all, never mind two, but I’m toying with the idea of putting it up on Wattpad, where pretty, shiny covers seem to help. I was doing that with an earlier draft (the one I threw out after 38,000 words and missed sorely) and it was nice to get feedback as I went along. One of the things that’s really hard about writing for me is doing it in a vacuum, with no one but the squirrel to tell me if it’s any good or not. So, if you’re on Wattpad and feel like popping over there to preemptively follow me, you should definitely do that.

Anyway, back to covers. Here’s the one I made last year. I was pretty pleased with it at the time, and it is kind of pretty, but it was really hard to find anywhere to put the text and it doesn’t work well in thumbnail. Which is, you know, the only way that covers ever show up on Amazon et al, so that’s kind of a problem.

The cover for Faustina: a woman wearing a gold Venetian mask and a coy smile.

And here’s the new one:


A woman with dark hair and brown eyes staring out of the cover. She has a mask pushed up over her forehead. In gold text: "Victoria Leybourne, Faustina: Beauty and the Beast in Venice"

I’ll probably end up tweaking it a bit more but basically I’m pretty proud of it. I looked through about 1, 328,574 stock photos of women with masks (that’s an estimate but I’m pretty sure it’s accurate) before deciding on this one. I really like the way she’s looking out of the picture. The model in the picture actually had bright blue eyes and bright blonde hair, which is not what Faustina looks like, so I had to learn how to change the colour of part of a picture, which I didn’t really know how to do before. It occurs to me now that I could just have changed my description of Faustina to match the picture the way it was and spent that time on GTA Online, but doing this was pretty satisfying. Much like it would be to finish writing the book.

Do you guys like it too? Would you change anything about it? Is it at least better than the old one? I’d love to know what you think!


4 thoughts on “New cover for Faustina!

  1. Ignore the squirrel. The squirrel is a jerk!

    I love the new cover! The original was pretty, but this one is more compelling, I think. 🙂


  2. Down with the anxiety squirrel. I’m just being funny, but why don’t you do a ‘major author’ type cover, like: VICTORIA LEYBOURNE ripping across it diagonally at the top and the title doing the same at the bottom, with city lights blurred in the background?


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