Two Mistakes I Made With My First Book Cover

You know the old saying: Don’t judge a book by its cover?

We shouldn’t judge, but we do. It’s human nature to judge what we see, so it stands to reason why an awesome, professional book cover is important to have. People gravitate to things that are pleasing to the eye.

That’s just how it is.

It’s the truth.

My first cover for Beyond the Eyes is dark. I’ve had quite a few people tell me how much they loved it, but . . .

BUT, the image shouted horror instead of YA paranormal/fantasy. I believe I lost sales because of it.

At the time of creating the cover, I was a complete virgin.

I didn’t have a clue about marketing.

I worked with my cover artist on this first cover and thought it was wicked. The same for my other two covers in the trilogy, which btw will be getting new book covers as well.

Anyway, though the first Beyond the Eyes cover was professionally done, it didn’t fit the genre of the story. It did fit the tale and there’s a clue in there, which I also thought was cool, but just because I think something is wicked and cool, doesn’t mean it’ll float in the literary world.

Keep that in mind.

My advice to authors is before you publish your book, look at other novels in the genre your story is in, then make your decision and tell your cover artist what you have in mind.

Here’s my first cover of Beyond the EyesWeb-Blog use 1000 px 72 dpi

Here’s the new one.SBibb - BTEcover_ebook_Blog

See the difference?

So mistake number one . . . I thought the original cover was cool because it was dark and the picture had a major clue relating to the tale. However, I didn’t take into account that it didn’t fit the genre the story was in.

Mistake number two . . . I didn’t research other book covers in the same genre as Beyond the Eyes. 

Oh, btw, Beyond the Eyes is #free. Click on the picture to get your free ebook.

I hope my simple piece of advice helps you. I wish I knew this at the beginning of my literary journey, but hey, that’s how we grow, right?

Mistakes will be made. Learn from them and move on.

End of story.

No pun intended.









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