Your Book Cover- Thinking Ahead

Are you an indie author, self publishing your own books?

Well, that means that there are a whole lot of bits and pieces that go with the process that you’re not necessarily thinking of when you start out thinking about yourself as only a writer.

And one of them is what’s your book cover going to be like?

Covers are one of the ways that people pick out what books the buy, so you’re gonna want to have one that speaks to readers. One thing you need to think about is having quotes or reviews of your book that you can use as part of your cover text. Your description of what your book is about is useful and helpful, but having reviews from other people gives the potential reader a more balanced view and helps them to decide whether yours is the book they want to take home with them.

Having done this both the wrong way and the right way, I advise you to start thinking about this as you’re writing the book, so you have time to approach people and ask if they’d be willing to read your work, and give you a comment for your cover.

  • Think about who you might know who’s an acknowledged authority in the field.
  • Think about who you might know who might know someone like that.
  • Think about who you might know who has credentials that would make their opinion on your topic useful and meaningful

Then ask, and ask nicely. Leave time for folks to read and think about it.

And say thank you. A lot

I’ve got three very nice people plowing through this year’s manuscript as you read this and I’m lucky to have them.

Make sure to think about this as you’re writing your masterpiece.

Catherine Kane

9/19/13

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “The Lands That Lie Between” and “Manifesting Something Better”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

 

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