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Recently, I visited an author’s conference that had a plethora of workshops and panels as part of its lineup. Always curious what others are saying about my area of expertise, I visited two different panels on the topic of branding yourself as a self-published author.
Recently we attended BookExpo America and UPublishU, a large publishing-industry conference and tradeshow. While there, we had the opportunity to host a panel that included the talented and wonderful AD Starrling. Dr. Starrling talked with great excitement about Mark Dawson and his knowledge on how to market your self-published books via Facebook ads. Our ears perked up, but we really got interested when she mentioned that Mr. Dawson planned to offer a paid course in addition to all the free advice he'd given on the subject.
Never judge a book by its cover, or so the saying goes. Except we all do it all the time! And, as commercial authors, we actually want people to judge our books by the cover. That’s why we spend so much time and money on them (or ought to). But are there any guidelines to covers that will make them the most effective sales tool they can be?
A title. Every book has one. It’s often the first thing that could grab a potential reader. But how do you know when you’ve found a good one? Should it be clever? Informative? Provocative? All of the above? And how should a self-published author best leverage the book’s title as an effective sales tool?