The old adage that you can’t tell a book by it’s cover may well be true. But when it comes to attracting potential readers to a new book, the cover can make all the difference. This is becoming even truer with the advent of ebook publishing as the cover image is usually what potential readers notice first. On the Amazon Kindle Store, the cover image is also the link to the ‘Look Inside’ feature, which is where the preview read is located, so it is vital to attract attention with a book’s cover.
After a long number of years self publishing, I must admit to having forgotten about some of my earlier titles and how bad the covers really were. So over the last few weeks I have been working to not only improve the appeal of some older covers, but also to standardise my cover template and the ‘look and feel’ of all my book covers.
Whether all my work will reap any increase in sales will take some time to discover, but at least in the meantime I have the self satisfaction of knowing that overall the covers are now much better and hopefully more appealing on first glance.
While I was at it, I retitled one books that has not been performing that well. This is one great advantage of electronic publishing in that there are always possibilities to improve a book.
After all the work involved in getting the covers ready, there was a lot more work in getting them loaded up onto Amazon, my website, Goodreads and a host of other places that my books lurk.
Anyway, the work is done and it will be up to readers to decide if the covers are now more appealing and warrant further investigation.