Book cover, eBook
Indie authors face competition unlike anything traditional authors ever faced. With estimates of 5k books a day being released on Amazon, being seen is vital to sales.
True: books are judged by their covers
It's sad but true. Books are judged by their covers. That's where the cliche came from. We apply it to not judging people by appearance, but we do that too. According to an article in the Observer, an online magazine for the Association for Psychological Science, we make decisions about people in "the blink of an eye" based solely on appearance. How much quicker do we decide whether to pick up a book?
A picture is worth a thousand words
A great book cover provides more than a great picture. It's a thousand-words worth of promise that your story will deliver. But does a book cover matter when what you say inside is the most important thing? Consider this:
- Readers buy your book because they picked it up, flipped a few pages (digitally or literally), and liked what they read.
- Before they read it, they found it in a store or on a digital bookshelf (Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.).
- Before they found it, they were attracted to it by its cover.
A great cover can never make up for a bad book, but a poor cover might keep a wonderful book from ever being noticed.
You get all the sizes listed, plus a 3D versiono of the book with a transparent background. The border disappears no matter what color is behind it. I have helped authors create memorable covers for series books. Take a look at the covers on this page.
Putting your book in print
If you plan to put your book into print as well as eBook, buy the print cover instead of this version. It's a little more, but the print covers come with all the sizes listed here for eBooks, as well as a flat cover made to fit the page count and paper type of your book.
Add additional visual impact
Consider adding a book trailer video. This video works like a movie trailer to feature your cover, blurb for the book, your name, a credit line for the video, and 30 seconds of music. It's perfect for blogging, guest spots, or sharing on social media.