Test your book cover? 3 ways to do it for cheap.

new vampire online cover

The winning cover for the nontraditional vampire tale, New Vampire Online . The other version had a bright red background.

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.

San Francisco summer 69 cover

This is the orginal title and cover of San Francisco Summer ’69. It’s now entitled ‘Playing for Julia’ and the cover is different, too.

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.


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