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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?
Writers write for a million different reasons, and rarely just one. For pleasure. To memorialize. To exorcise personal demons. For posterity. Because there’s a story to tell. But everyone reading this post almost certainly has one reason in common: we write to sell. And there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s called commercial art, after all. Don’t miss the fact that there are two parts to that equation, both the commercial and the art.
There is an oft-repeated comparison between self-publishing and staking wild gambles on casino games like slot machines or roulette. The thinking goes that once you publish, you’ve paid your money and all you can do is trust your luck. This isn’t new thinking. It’s also been said of traditional publishing for years.