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4 reasons why your Twitter book promotion campaign is guaranteed to fail

In my books I urge against marketing your books on Twitter, or paying anybody else to do it for you. I’m annoyed by the hundreds of misguided tweets shouting and bouncing all over my Twitter feed like “Sexy, hot, 5star reviewer says ‘Must Read!!’ On sale now #99 #kindlebooks #amreading #bestseller” And recently I was also pretty critical of book ... Read More »

Why I hate Cover Wars and Book Cover Contests

Cover design contests and “cover wars” are becoming a staple of indie book promotion and marketing. For awhile I’ve been quietly voicing concern but I thought it about time to take a stronger position. Here’s why: 1. The underlying assumption behind book cover contests and cover wars is that the best designed cover will win. This is rarely true. Instead, it’s a popularity ... Read More »

How BookTrope made me realize the publishing industry are all pirates

Can someone explain Booktrope to me? I don’t get it. It looks like people can volunteer to be part of a creative time to produce the book, then earn a percentage of the sales revenue (and, apparently they only publish quality books that the community has supported, which means a better chance of revenue.) If I design the book cover ... Read More »

DIY Book Covers

I understand that not everybody wants to spend a lot of money on book cover design. So I design resources to help people make their own professional book cover designs easily, without spending a lot of money. I put a lot of those tools (including free guides, free templates, a list of best fonts per genre) up at www.diybookcovers.com. There’s even ... Read More »

Why asking for feedback on your book cover is mostly useless

I tell my book cover clients to get a lot of feedback – especially when they’re starting to commit to an idea I disagree with. Authors can often get too close and personal with their covers; they stare at the options for hours, making decisions, slowly forming a bond that is hard to break. Which means, when they ask for ... Read More »

Book cover clichés: why using them will actually help you sell more books

Recently I’ve seen some articles circulating about “Book Cover Clichés” which put a handful of book cover designs from the same genre together to point out the similarities. The point of such articles, I infer, is to shame those cover designers who went for the easy, the obvious, the “cliché” designs instead of trying to make something more unique and ... Read More »

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