7 Must-have Qualities for a Book Cover that Sells

Sooo…

I’ve changed my covers a bazillion times. Okay, maybe not quite THAT many but I have actually changed the cover for my first book 8 times (and will likely keep doing it tee hee). If you don’t believe me, go look on Goodreads and you’ll find 6 of the 8 different versions haha! Yeah, I’m clearly not attached to covers at all. I mean, if you guaranteed that a selfie of Mr. Bigglesworth with vomit-colored Papyrus font slapped on top would sell a ton of copies?

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Talk dirty to me

Here’s mine:

“Sadist.”

I rubbed a soothing circle over the small red spot that was starting to appear. “Don’t make me slap you with my wooden ruler.”

“Are you a naughty professor now?”

“Nope. A crotchety schoolmarm.”

“You took off your top and promised to slap me,” he reminded in monotone.

“Threatened. And what’s your point?”

“Definitely a naughty professor.” His mouth twitched in the tiniest hint of a smirk. “Plus, you mentioned something about wood and crotch. I can’t recall exactly what but I’m sure it was important.”

I laughed. How could I not? “You’re such a dork.”

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If you’re an author…

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To Pre-Order or not to Pre-order

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of experimenting with, well, absolutely everything. So, of course, I’ve been playing around with pre-orders for my current series.

  • Book One: None cuz I tossed it into the wild at random haha! No, really. Totally random.
  • Book Two: 3 weeks
  • Book Three: 6 weeks (currently 4 weeks in/2 weeks left)

Personally, I’ve found that a longer pre-order tough to “maintain” since the majority of sales happen when I first announce and my Amazon ranks peak at 5-7 days into a pre-order. Therefore, I’ll be doing 5-7 day pre-orders moving forward. Brilliant, I know! LOL But, for reals, I reckon everyone has a different experience with this, eh? So here’s a super informative article by the fabulous Chris McMullen:

To Pre-Order or not to Pre-order

Hope that helps a wee bit!

Hugs,

Mistress Ann

Hot and bothered

Here’s mine:

“Do you want me to beg, Cale? Because I will.”

A convincing scowl overtook his handsome features as he finally pushed away from the bar and slowly made his way toward me. “No.”

It was pretty darn fortunate I wasn’t wearing any panties. Because the scorching heat of his intense gaze would’ve melted them in a split second.

“Don’t beg. Don’t talk. Don’t make any sudden movements.” He looped an arm around my knees, taking my legs out from under me, which sent me crashing into his lap. “Understand?”

I nodded wordlessly and reached up to trace the scar along his collarbone.

“And don’t touch,” he growled, seizing my wrist. “For God’s sake, Mickey, don’t touch anything.”

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8 Lies Authors Tell Themselves about Book Marketing

This article.

This article is blunt. This article is hard-hitting. This article might make you scream. Or pout. Or cry. All at once. For oh-so-many reasons.

This article speaks directly to my soul.

Seriously, though, have you ever heard someone say stuff like…

  1. “Oh it’s easy for you, you’ve got a big platform!”
  2. “But you spent a lot of money, and I don’t have any.”
  3. “I’m not good with computers and I don’t know how to do all that stuff.”
  4. “You have a lot of friends who will promote for you.”
  5. “I’m a writer, not a book marketer.”
  6. “Readers aren’t smart enough to like my book.”
  7. “I’m doing everything right but my books aren’t selling!”
  8. “Giving my books away for free teaches readers not to buy.”

Or even said them yourself?

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