Tips For Attractive Book Covers

As important as it is to write the best book possible (quality will lead to word-of-mouth sales), the book may never leave the bookstore shelf if the cover doesn’t grab the reader’s eye. Bottom line, what your book cover looks like is probably the most important aspect of the entire book design and marketing process.

In designing your book cover, remember, “Less is more.” A simple straightforward concept on the cover will do more than complicated designs and fancy artwork. If the cover doesn’t grab the readers’ eyes and make them curious about your book within a couple of seconds, the sale is lost.

Here are a few tips to make sure your book cover is as visually effective as possible.

Study Similar Book Covers:

Go to your local bookstore (you can look at books online as well but you do not get as immediate an effect nor see books next to each other). Look at books in the same category as yours, whether it’s romance novels, cookbooks, self-help, or fishing. When you go to the section of the store where someday your book will be, what’s the first cover that grabs your eye? Why that cover? Is it the color, the people or scenery on the cover, the boldness of the title? What makes the cover stand out compared to the other covers? Look at what you consider the best cover(s) and also the worst covers. What makes you judge a book by its cover the way you do?

Colors:

Think about the psychological effect of the colors you will use on your cover. If you’re writing a book on meditation, you probably don’t want a black or red cover because those colors traditionally suggest danger, fear, guilt, death, or anger. White or blue-colors that are more soothing and peaceful, are probably more appropriate. Again look at other books in the same category and consider the colors they use. How do you want people to feel about your book’s content? What color makes you feel that way?

As an interesting side note, in the 1980s when Helen Hooven Santmyer’s bestseller “…And Ladies of the Club” was published, the publisher printed four different covers. Each book had the same artwork, but the book came out in different colors-pink, yellow, green, and blue. I’m sure the multiple colors resulted in more sales because the blue cover appealed to people who might not have paid attention to the yellow one. I remember seeing all four versions beside each other in the department store on a center aisle table. It was hard not to pay attention.

Title and Author’s Name:

Unless you’re Stephen King, your name should appear at the bottom of the cover. Your name is unlikely to be what sells your book so it shouldn’t be the first words the customer reads. Instead, put your title at the top and make it as large and preferably larger than your name. Make sure it is easily readable, clear, and stands out. Simple fonts are better than fancy scripts that might make a letter difficult to read or your title misunderstood. Make sure you choose a neutral color like white or black, but one that will not blend in with the color behind it.

Artwork:

Make sure the artwork matches the content of your book and does not distort what the book is about. An excellent example of what not to do is the marketing that has been done for some of Agatha Christie’s murder mystery novels. Christie is not a bloody or gory writer, but various publishers since her death have created book covers that have mouths with blood streaming out of them and knitting needles in people’s heads. These covers may be sensational and grab attention, but they also do a disservice because readers who might otherwise enjoy the books will stay away under the impression the books are gruesome. Similarly, people who like a gruesome story will feel cheated when they pay for the book only to find no guts or gore in it.

I have seen books with pictures on their covers that have nothing to do with the book’s content, but the author simply liked the artwork. While the author should have a say in the cover, they should give some ideas or concepts to the artist and then let the artist, the expert, create the cover. Make sure the artist hired has designed book covers before and is willing to give multiple samples and will continue to tweak the cover until you are satisfied. Especially if you want to have people or animals on your cover, ask for samples of the artist’s work-nothing looks worse than a poorly drawn person.

Do not hire an amateur to do your book cover. It will look unprofessional and may even be laughable. Do not let hurting the feelings of your niece, the art major, stand in the way of your book sales. Do not try to save money by doing your own cover. Book covers are not a reason to become sentimental, nor should you spare expense on them. Paying a professional to design the cover is the best investment in your book that you will make.

Make sure the cover is not too busy. Do a distance test. Have the cover reduced to one inch in height, about the size it will be on the Internet. If at that size the artwork cannot be easily distinguished, the artwork is too complicated. Also take the cover art at book size and stand ten or twenty feet away from it to make sure it is distinguishable.

Occasionally, photographs are used on book covers. Photographs are fine if the photograph clearly represents the book. Nature scenes are preferable for self-help, spirituality type books. Historical books, fiction and non-fiction, might use a historical photograph. Authors should avoid putting photographs of themselves on their covers unless their faces are well-known (Dr. Phil, Bill Cosby, or Barack Obama well-known). Sadly, unless you’re drop-dead gorgeous, your face will probably hurt your sales.

Spine Design:

What to include on your back cover will be a separate article, but I’ll include what to do with the book cover spine here. Chances are that only your book’s spine will be visible in the bookstore, so make sure your name and book title are clear and easily readable on the spine. Do something simple to make the spine stand out, such as including a small version or detail from the front cover. I’m a big fan of book covers that carry the artwork from the front cover across the spine and to the back-this design makes books feel lush and exciting in my opinion. This larger picture will make the spine stand out, but make sure it does not make the spine too busy. You might have a ship on the front cover and a lighthouse on the back cover, but on the spine, just have some ocean waves toward the bottom so it does not take away from the book’s title.

Final Tips:

No book cover is perfect, and different covers will appeal to different readers. Do your best to create the cover that will appeal to the largest number of people. Don’t settle for the first option, but look at your book with various covers and various colors, and get as much feedback from people as possible. Don’t just ask friends, but take your samples to bookstores and ask the workers what they think will sell. Once the book is published, if you get positive comments on the covers, great. If sales are slow and you get no comments on the book cover, consider changing it for the next print run.

Remember, your cover is your first selling point so take the time and invest the money needed to make sure it’s done right.

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Discovering The Truth About Guides

Relationship Goal: Keeping It Strong

It is just a good idea for you to simply be in a good relationship with your special someone and you have to consider some basic tips. You have to consider various factors and be on guard all the time so that your relationship will become so strong. If you want to have good relationship with your special someone, it is important to have open communication. In that case, you do not need to hide secrets because it will never help you when the other party does not know something wrong in you. If you want your partner to accept you for who you are, she should be able to accept both your good and bad sides.

It is important for you to share criticisms but you need to avoid offending your partner. Other people say that criticism has a positive impact to a person because he can be able to know his mistake but this not true to all. You need to accept the fact that there are indeed people who do not want to listen to negative criticisms because they feel that they are not doing any good at all. If you are careful enough not to hurt your partner, it is important to be constructive in sharing criticism. You need to share positive points first before sharing some negative points. You also need to remember that it is essential to think of not being harsh when there are things to be corrected.

If you will tell your partner her negative traits, she will be defensive for sure. You need to get ready for her when she lash out as she has to defend herself. She will surely find other people to be blamed. What you have to do is to show her the situation so that she would have keen understanding. It is also important for you to know from her what she exactly feels in regards to that situation. You need to be honest about what you had felt so she would start to listen as well. You should choose to show respect rather than contempt as the latter does not help in making a good relationship. You both need to respect your own values and beliefs and there should be no one becoming superior.

If you have some problems to come along the way, you need to talk about it. You need to avoid stonewalling for it will certainly lead to a more serious problem. You must be excited to know if your relationship will last. It is very possible for you to avail the help of psychic hotlines. Psychics on the hotlines will help you for sure. You will be helped to do things well when you connect with psychics. Be sure that you choose psychics who are genuine. Do not ever work with a bogus psychic.

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What Do You Know About Clothing

Treating Yourself This Spring

We all experience things in life that just seems to be humming past us and we just don’t have sufficient amount of time for ourselves. It’s not always easy to just down tools and spend some time investing in ourselves and doing things that make us feel energized and happy.

Investing energy caring for ourselves, is a standout amongst the most imperative things we can do. All of us need to enjoy some pampering and downtime. It’s essential in fact to do some battery recharge so we can continue taking on each every challenge that life throws our way.

This is our list of easy ways to just spend some simple time relaxing and rejuvenating ourselves. Soul, body and mind.

Soaking in the Bath

It’s a blast from the past. After a long, hard day sometimes all we’re capable of is collapsing onto the sofa for a Netflix marathon. But pushing yourself to take 30 minutes for a good soak can do wonders for winding down. Lighting a few candles and tuning in to some unwinding music is an incredible approach to ensure you are totally purging your brain of commotion and push and simply concentrating on some great antiquated R&R.

Treat Yourself
Most of the time, just the gesture of buying something beautiful or nice for ourselves could give a great life. Spending an afternoon on your local high-street or shopping mall can be just what you need to do something purely for yourself. Otherwise, if you wish in avoiding crowds, then why not do a some online shopping to perceive what amuses your fancy. There are a lot of great deals available out there that would allow you to pamper yourself such as macys coupon without being broke.

Girly Time

Why not organize an evening out with friends or an afternoon walking in the countryside. Escaping the daily grind and getting out of the city or normal environment can do wonders for our mood. So organizing an out of town trip with friends, family, or special someone could be what the doctor commanded for those of you feeling down.

Try Facial

This is one of our all time favorites. The first area that stress and tiredness shows up is in our skin and in our face. So the perfect approach in making you feel fantastic and rejuvenated is through treating yourself to wonderfully relaxing facial treatment. Once more, there are some fabulous arrangements on the web, so observe and see what arrangements are accessible in your neighborhood.

Sleeping In
Occasionally we just truly require that Sunday morning lie-in and that is nothing to feel regretful about.

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How To Write An Ebook – The Conclusion Page

In this article, you’ll learn some tips of what you can do when crafting your conclusion to your ebook.

It’s important to have a conclusion for your eBook so you can summarize what you’ve just covered. The summary should be short, it should be concise, it should highlight the main points of the eBook and it should be like a ‘cliff notes’ version of the entire ebook. For the flow of the ebook, a conclusion is just a good way to wrap up your ideas.

However, there’s a bigger reason to have a conclusion in your ebook. When a reader has gotten this far, you have their attention. You’ve obviously done your job providing valuable content or else the reader would have stopped long ago. This is a great thing, and you’d be a fool to not take advantage of your captive reader.

With that in mind, here’s a few more things you can do with your conclusion.

1. You can offer them a chance to get more ‘advanced’ trainings from one of your paid products. The idea here is if they liked what they just read, then they’ll most certainly love your advanced trainings that really teach them ‘the goods’.

2. You can put links that promote more of your websites or products that are relevant to the content in the ebook. Once again, you’ve built rapport with your reader and more times than not, your reader will be more than happy to read or learn more about what you have to teach. Keep the links relevant and watch your business grow.

3. You can move them to another step in your sales funnel. If reading the eBook was part of your sales funnel, then you can move them on to the next natural step in your sales funnel. I would recommend the next step definitely be a paid product.

4. You can do just about anything, as long as it’s relevant. You don’t want your next step to be a site about Twitter advertising if you just gave them information about how to dominate Facebook advertising.

After your summary of the content, you can use a phrase like “By the way, if you want to get more in-depth information about…, visit my website to get a complete training and understanding about…”, or something to that affect.

Give them a call to action! You’ve earned the right to ask for a sale.

Bottom line is you are in business to make money. If you don’t ask someone to buy something from you, you will never make any money.

Now I didn’t talk about the option of not having a conclusion because honestly I think you are hurting yourself more than helping yourself if you leave the conclusion out. Now in some eBook instances it might make sense to not have a conclusion, but in my experience, it’s always a good idea to have a conclusion in your eBook inviting people to take the next step with you and to spend money with you.

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5 Uses For Dating

The Best Way to Take Care of The Emotional Needs Of A Spouse

It is a wonderful thing to be in a relationship and there are responsibilities for people who are in a relationship. Making a spouse happy and ensuring that they are okay with every part of the relationship are just part of the responsibility of people in a relationship. Turning to other people for solace or comfort when a person is in a relationship means the other person is not giving attention to the one seeking comfort elsewhere. Taking care of the problems at hand will ensure that the peace between them is restored for the relationship to nourish and go on for long. Being in a relationship means to be able to get out of bad times together regardless of the situation.

The worth of any relationship is measured by how much people are connected emotionally and the rest are just some moments. It is important to take care of the emotional connection between two people and here are some things people can do to ensure they are always connected emotionally.

Being open in a relationship is the first step in being happy. Openness paves way for peace and happiness in a relationship and ensures that people are on the same page in a relationship. Not being open in a relationship causes mistrust and insecurities that might in the end negatively impact a relationship and in worse cases lead to a nasty break up. Trust is built by simple actions like talking about fears and other things that affect a relationship.

There are times people are hurt and they say things they do not mean but listening to oneself will help save some of this situations. There are cases where some anger statements have caused people happiness for ever but with close care, this cases can be avoided for a better relationship. Admitting that one is angry and requesting for time away to cool off always saves some tough situations.

Treating each other with love and respect will show that people are serious about being together and they want to have something serious out of the relationship. Respect can be shown in matters that require the couple to make a single decision like issues concerning money.

There are places where people need a shoulder to lean on and always being there for one another will mean a couple is ready to show care for each other. There are times where by partner might need support through a hard time and being there for them will ensure that they are sure of support in times of need.

Couples should always stand together in all times for good and bad moments.

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Getting Creative With Codes Advice

How to Master the Art of Finding Deals Online

Online shopping gives us the utmost convenience of not having to wait for long queues to fit clothes in a changing room, wading through large crowds of fellow shoppers or having to find your size by sorting through piles of clothing. Online shopping is also one way to avoid all tricks that most stores implement just for customers to spend more than they originally planned. However, online retailers have also their own tricks, but you can take advantage of them through proper timing basing on your needs.

Today most American shoppers buy something online when it is on sale, unlike in the past when customers were excited and thrilled of first retail coupons distributed by a well-known soda company in the 1880s. There is a disruption of relationship between sellers and buyers because of the relentless pursuit of deals. But this is a fact we all have to face, and retailers know very well how to play it, so consumers need to also be aware how they can take advantage of online deals or finish line coupons to ensure a fair game. What are the important things you can do in order to take advantage of the deals online? One of the strategies you can use is abandoning your shopping cart. You need to go to the online shopping website and find something that you like, then exit from the site and wait for a day or two. When you leave items in your virtual shopping cart, the store would think that you contemplate a purchase and this would encourage the store to entice you with a good deal. Since most online sales happen unannounced as a strategy mostly by high-end sellers or brands, this is your opportunity to be aware of them by using your social media account. You can create a separate social media account for this sole purpose to follow what bloggers are endorsing online most especially those hard to find items.

Shopping platforms usually offer good deals or discounts for new customers so clearing your browsing history is helpful for their system to consider you as new buyer. Bear in mind that not all free shipping is a good deal. Compare the price among other websites before checking out. It is also a good idea using online deals in leveraging actual store items that you wish to purchase, showing the special deal through your smartphone to the store manager and see if he or she can match the online offer.

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3 Shopping Tips from Someone With Experience

Guide to Big Brand Shopping for Less

Most of us love to shop. And sometimes, we really get attracted to big brand items which we know would take a big chunk out of our pockets. The good news is that you actually can buy these branded clothing at affordable prices. Below are some ways that you can buy really nice branded clothing at prices that you can afford.

The best place to shop for big brands for less is in their outlets. You will find that everything sold in outlets are at reduced prices. There are online outlets and physical store outlets for every big brand. If you want to know where the physical outlets are, you can simply check their locations in the brands online outlet site. Since they put up items for sale in their outlets, they are aptly called sales section. When clothes are put out on sale in this sales section, it doesn’t get too long for the merchandise to run out especially on popular sizes. You should be alert and quick to get a piece of the items for sale. You may be able to find an outlet in shopping malls or centers. The location of brand name outlets are usually in one place in the mall.

The only disadvantage of buying in sales stores is that most of their items are out of season clothing. Since most people won’t mind you wearing out of season clothing, it is still a good buy to purchase this clothing at reduced prices. This next tip will they allow you to buy in-season clothing at reduced prices. One way of buying branded items at reduced prices is to look for the brand’s coupons or promo codes online. Throughout the year you can find these promo codes ro coupons from different brands online. So if you have need of new clothing, check out for promo codes from your best brands first. With promo codes and coupons, you can be the proud owner of branded clothing.

You can also watch for loyalty rewards to get you big brands at a low price. Returning customers are given rewards in the loyalty programs of many brand names. The mechanics of loyalty rewards is that you get points for every purchase, and when you have accumulated many points, you can use these to get discounts on your next purchase. If you are a loyal brand customer then you can possible get a special discount code from the company. There are brands that activate your promos once you have made your first purchase. You can find companies putting up signs to the effect that if you buy now you can get discounts on your next purchase, or something like that. Loyalty to a brand can sometimes give you the reward that you need.

If you want to buy branded clothes at affordable prices this summer, try the tips given above.

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Tips In Getting More Luxury In Life Without Spending Big

We can’t deny the fact that we want to luxury in our lives. In addition, we think as well that we deserve the luxury that we wish for. Apparently, you will find it hard to obtain the luxury in life without using a vast amount of money. With regards to the best, there is a high price associated with it. However, there are certain things that you can do in order for you to have the luxury in life without breaking the bank.

First and foremost, you may consider the idea of being a secret shopper. The best thing about it is you have the chance of getting the luxurious things that you want to acquire without paying for them. When you choose to be one, you will work for a particular brand that will let you try the product so as to get the side of their consumers. Such is made possible by the company so as to improve their product. Your task is to go shopping or even use the service so as to have the assessment pertaining to the quality that will be given to the consumers. In case of being a secret shopper, there is a chance for you as well to determine the kind of treatment provided to the real customers. There is an opportunity for you to buy for luxurious clothes, take flights to amazing destinations or even stay in fabulous hotels. You are guaranteed of the luxuries in life once you will opt to work as a secret shopper.

It is also beneficial for you to learn for new cooking skills. When you choose to do so, there is a chance for you to make your own meal. Apparently, a lot of people think that it is luxurious to take a meal outside just like in bets restaurants. Such is not true to all cases because it is possible for you to eat at home the foods that are being offered outside. You can treat yourself like a king once you are able to prepare the meals by your own hands. In addition, it would be best to invite your friends and relatives in order to show them what you are capable of. You may choose from different cooking tutorials and books so as to be aided with the enhancement of your cooking skills. You can then prepare and eat the meal that you want to eat without dealing with high cost.

Moreover, it will be beneficial for you to buy for the luxurious clothes when there are great deals being offered. You just have to be patient and be clever in waiting for the right time so as for you to get the luxurious item that you want.

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Saving Some Cash on Favorite Brands of Items

Who wouldn’t be searching for the ways to save some money in today’s times? You have to understand that you are living in an age wherein you must ensure frugal living. Because of the prices that soar high everyday, then you must make sure that you are able to save some money from your clothes or groceries or those home utility items that you purchase. Surely, you will feel happy even with the very small savings that you are able to get as you make your purchase. The money which you can save can be used in other things which you want to buy such as the favorite pair of shoes which you have actually been saving for a long time.

Well, the first option that you have so that you can save some cash is through couponing. This is known to be the most common method to save some cash on purchases. This choice is also very lucrative. The couponing would permit you to use the coupons that are given out by those brands as a marketing technique to sustain the old customers and to be able to attract the new ones. Such is a rebate on the item’s retail cost. The rebate would actually range from 5 to 50 percent. This would be redeemed at a store at the time of purchasing the item. There are digital and printable coupons that you can find.

The coupons are going to permit the shoppers to get excellent products at a cheap price. They are available on almost all the products that would include the restaurant meals, the cosmetics, groceries, apparel and even pet food. There are several places wherein you can find those coupons that would include the traditional sources like the newspapers, the magazines and even the monthly bulletins and the modern sources such as the coupon sites. The coupon sites are displaying the coupons and also the many coupon codes of several brands and items.

You can also take advantage of the cashback offers. This is a great shopping offer which could help you in saving some cash. The different vendors have many schemes. The first would be the credit card cashback. Such would mean getting some rewards points or bonus gifts or those air miles when you would use the card for shopping at particular locations or retailers. The points can be gathered and you may later redeem them. The other scheme is to get some discounts for a percentage of money back on the purchase which you would make.

Well, you can also get great items from the brands that you love through the seasonal sales. The change of the seasons may bring a great deal of discounts and also offers. You can benefit from the seasonal sales too so that you can save money.

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Options – My Most Valuable Tips

A Guide In Buying New Sandals For The Incoming Season

It is the right moment when you have to keep your winter shoes and you have to expose your summer shoes. But then, if you hunt your shoes, there is a tendency that they might not be ideal to wear for the season anymore. Due to the daily use that had been made with the your sandals during the last summer season, it is possible that you need to replace it because it is already damaged. In terms of searching for a new pair of sandals that will last for the entire summer season, there is a certain difficulty that you might deal along the way. You should not be troubled about it because below are some of the things that you can do so as to make the process simple for you.

Primarily, it is beneficial for you to adhere with a pair of shoes that you can use both day and night. Indeed, there are several summer apparel that will let you use them from day until night time. There are perfect dresses for you that you can use in going to school and still perfect when you will go for some BBQ at night. It is most advantageous for you to go for a pair that you can use from daytime until night time because apparently, there is a need for you to prepare for the high expense to be incurred once you buy for plenty of pairs. One thing that you have to keep in mind is choosing for the right color of your shoes. It is ideal to pick for a certain color that would be suitable for most of your summer outfits. Aside from that, you can take advantage when you go for flat sandals that would be great during day and night. There are instances when high-heeled sandals are not suitable to wear so, it is good for you to avoid buying for them.

Before you buy, it is essential for you to check for the prices in the internet first. You need to spend so much just to get a pair of sandals of which it is one of the best things about it. You can find a lot of good deals for you that you may adhere with in order to purchase for other items that you need for you summer vacation. For you not to be out of cash during the purchase, it is best for you to check the different prices in the web. Moreover, you need not to ignore the idea of online buying because you can take advantage with the discount coupons available.

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