For the upcoming release of Rust 3, I’ve gone back to the beginning with a complete rebrand of the Rust series. That means new covers, and the death of the episodic serial structure.
1) The original covers just didn’t work. I have huge respect for the artist, Helen Pinkney: she drew exactly what I wanted, and I absolutely loved her work. But when I took Rust to cons, people would always pick up the books and say, “Woah, great cover!” and then flip the books open and pause. “Wait, this isn’t a comic?” I got the same reaction online. The illustrations, while amazing, didn’t reflect the content of the novels. Hence, a change.
2) I killed the episodes because nobody read them. Everyone wanted the complete novels in omnibus editions, and who can blame them? Five purchases vs one, a complete story vs five shorts… The market spoke, and I listened. From now on, Rust is a series of five short novels, not a series of twenty-five or more bite-sized episodes.
I think my cover design skills leveled up during the process. Many thanks to S.A. Hunt for his design input. Rust 1 and 2 are already available with the new covers through all major ebook retailers. Now, back to editing Rust 3 – I hope to have it in your hands by Christmas!