Indie Guides: How to get a great book cover artist

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As a self-publisher for 5 years now, with fourteen novels, two short story collections and a non-fiction book of my Japan ruin adventures, you can bet I’ve commissioned a lot of book covers, and thus have a lot of experience (even wisdom?) I can pass along. Added all together that’s 17 covers commissioned, right? Well, not exactly. I think I’ve taken just about every route to a cover that is possible, including making one of them from scratch myself. So then that’s 16 covers commissioned? No again, because my three cyberpunk I’ve had re-made FOUR times (count ’em, for five …

Adventures in Book Marketing: The Last

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The Last is without doubt my most successful book yet. It has sold close to a thousand copies since release 4 months ago, with several hundred more in Kindle Unlimited borrows, and close to 10,000 copies given away free. Why is this happening? It surely has been down to three things: title, cover, blurb. In a nutshell- the book’s marketing. This post is about the marketing path to the current title, cover and blurb. DESIGN ONE I started off with a wordy, opaque title which I thought was clever, silly and fun. It tied in perfectly to the book, being …