At our next meeting, we’re going to try something new to tap into the smarts of our members and help each other out. We’re calling it “Five-Minute Feedback.”
We can all benefit from feedback, but five minutes is not a lot of time. But what if you have three book titles you can’t decide between? Or you’re struggling with your elevator pitch and need some suggestions?
I have volunteered myself to be the guinea pig for this idea and if it doesn’t fail miserably, we’ll try it again at future meetings and other members can get their five minutes of feedback.
More than once, I’ve heard presenters at BAIPA meetings suggest that one way to boost your book sales is to redesign the cover. So I thought I would redesign the cover of my first novel, Bones in the Wash: Politics is Tough. Family is Tougher.
Here are five cover designs, including the original. I like the original, so the redesigns don’t look that different. I would love to hear which you like the best, and, if possible, why. (If you click on the three dots at the bottom left, you can see the slides full-screen.)
(I’ve been giving away the ebook version of Bones for months hoping that readers who enjoy it might also be interested in my most recent novel, When I Killed My Father: An Assisted-Suicide Family Thriller. It’s not easy to measure cause and effect, but at least three times, I’ve received a five-star review of Bones and a purchase of When I Killed My Father within the same day or two. Not enough data to prove anything, but enough to continue the experiment.)
At the meeting on Saturday, I will share these five covers, we’ll see if anyone would like to share their feedback out loud, then we’ll do a quick poll. We’ll also encourage participants to share their thoughts in the chat. (You can get a headstart by posting your feedback in the comment section below.)
Interested in “Five-Minute Feedback” for your publishing project? Your title maybe, or cover design, blurb, author photo, elevator pitch? Contact me at [email protected].