Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
The Great Escape

When I started the Astro’s Adventures series I had no idea I would write 12 books.

Well, not in the first couple of years anyway.

The Great Escape was written to encourage children to look after their pets.

The Golden Treasure was written so our new blind puppy, Stella D’oro, could be included in the gang.

You’ll remember that all the characters in these books are based on real cats and dogs.

Once I had finished the third book, I was hooked.

Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
The Golden Treasure

Why change the book covers?

The covers were always a second thought after the manuscript and illustrations.

In fact, they posed one of the biggest challenges I faced as a self-published author.

For a few years I have been wrestling the issue of them.

Individually they are all fine, but they don’t look alike or share a common theme.

Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Rampaging Rats

Research was the answer

I decided to see what other authors and publishers were doing.

I spent some time scrolling down through the books on Amazon making notes about what the covers of book series looked like.

I wanted something completely different, but I wanted the covers to be linked.

I came up with a few ideas and started creating my own unique designs.

Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Major Dakota’s Ghost

And here they are…

You can see how I used the twirl in the background and the fonts remained the same for each title.

The background colors reflect the original shades used.

I created the silhouette of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ dog from a photographed and added the paw.

I then found a series of free images to use for each title.

Some are similar to the original, but others are quite different.

They now all look so similar anyone glancing online will pick them out and be able to link them as belonging to the same series.

Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
The Gypsy Curse
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Astro’s Christmas Calamity
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Neptune’s Trident
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Dogs in Space!
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
The Haunted Circus
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Waking the Dragon!
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
Astro’s Indian Odyssey
Astro's Adventures middle grade chapter books
The Lucky Leprechaun

Susan Day is a children’s author and illustrator. She single-handedly created the Astro’s Adventures series of middle-grade chapter books, illustrated them and keeps the puppy-razzi away from the stars of the book.

Creating book covers for a series of children’s books
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