Due to my little health scare, I’ve had some time on my hands while recuperating. Idle time has never been a good thing for me, but it did provide me with a level of excruciatingly painful boredom that forced me to do some things I really didn’t want to do. Mainly, research.
Being a self-published author is great. So many of the industry barriers are removed. All you need is a file and Internet access. With the click of a button, voila! You are published. Doesn’t mean shit in terms of sales, but you wrote that sucker for self-fulfillment, right? Wrong, Deborah!
Since I was such a noob to the self-publishing world when started down this path, I did what many authors do and made my own covers to save some money. There are lots of websites out there that will help you (such as http://www.canva.com). You can get access to stock photos for super cheap and they have templates. Hell, even the vendors that sell your book have templates and generic images for you to utilize.
I thought my covers conveyed a sense of fun and flirtatiousness. I used the same fonts and color themes. I thought I’d followed the ‘rules.’ To me, they were sexy little numbers that matched what was happening in the stories they represented. During this devil time–I mean, idle time–I devoted hours to looking at top-sellers’ covers. I read articles. I ran a poll on Twitter. I asked friends.
Know what I found out? Readers DO judge a book by it’s cover. And romance readers? They want sexy male bodies to look at. Neither of mine had sexy male bodies. They had female bodies. No, Deborah, I’m not into that, so stop asking me to make out with you. Geesh.
So I did some more freakin’ research. I found a coupon for Fiverr. Ever been on Fiverr? It’s amazing. You can get people to bid on jobs for you. You can find professionals that can make quality covers some as low as $10-$15. I ended up spending $105 for three covers, which, is a bargain. And they’re way sexier than before. Wanna see? Look below. Older covers are on the left, new ones on the right.
I uploaded the new covers this week. I don’t know how they’ll affect sales, but if I see a big change, I’ll write about it. I will use some of my Kindle Select free days and see if it helps to generate some interest. The third book releases in June. I hope the covers help it do better than the second book’s release. I sort of just threw it out there and hoped for the best. Because I don’t know what in the hell I’m doing. I just want to write funny and sexy books. Not read the self-publish handbook (no, that’s not a real thing, so don’t Google it). I’m on information overload. Time for a nap. Damnit, Deborah! You are not getting in this bed again!