Test your book cover? 3 ways to do it for cheap.Posted: March 2, 2015 | |
I have previously written about my Facebook test of 2 covers for my ebook novel, New Vampire Online. There was an enormous difference between the 2 covers I tested–500%!
And it turns out I’m not the only cover testing geek. A week or so ago, Bookbub, the largest bargain book distributor, published a post in their authors’ newsletter about testing book covers. Their report includes Facebook, but also adds two other ways to test a book cover. Rather than recapitulate what they wrote, here is a link to the Bookbub post.
A few months before I did the FB test I had changed both the title and cover on my first self-published novel, currently entitled ‘Playing for Julia’, without testing it. Originally it was entitled ‘San Francisco Summer ’69’. It is a sexy novel set at the dawn of sexual revolution.
Like a gazillion other authors I had looked at the sales figures for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and decided I could write one of those, too. Then a few months later, I looked at the covers for Bella Andre’s novels and decided to imitate that graphic style, too. ( The moral to this tale: don’t be derivative!) I’m now thinking of testing the first cover and title to see what changes it might make to sales.
For whatever it is worth…to juice up sales I decided to put New Vampire in Town ( number 1 in the series) on sale for 99 cents for the month of March, 2015.
Oh, I have another blog that may interest you. It’s L.A. City Pix–photos of people and places around Los Angeles.