Cover Reveal

Boxed Set of SP Books 3d with reflection

As you know, I have a few books on self-publishing. The first was originally published in 2009. I designed the original covers myself, and felt they worked for nonfiction: The main point was that the titles were easy to read in the thumbnails.

The big problem for me was that my covers didn’t have a unified look. So I hired Melissa Stevens ( to make them more unified and to add an image that might help them pop. We settled on a geometric approach, arranging the covers of my books in a cube, spheres, and a pyramid.

She also designed a matching header (you can see it now at WordPress and Facebook), shaped like a cylinder.

The cover that impressed me most was the boxed set (coming soon) that I used for this cover reveal above. I like this perspective, which shows off the front cover while still allowing for ample detail on the spines.

Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers

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23 comments on “Cover Reveal

  1. Those look amazing. I’m sure it will look even better in the ‘flesh’.

    Off topic, but I had a question. Do you remember the #Amazoncart post that you made? Well, I just went to tweet my 4th book from its Amazon page and it had added ‘Reply w/ #Amazoncart for a free sample’. I’m not really sure what that means since it was ‘to add this’ instead of ‘free sample’ yesterday. Have you heard anything about this?

    • A book in the ‘flesh.’ I like it. 🙂

      My expectation is that it would add the book to the cart. Maybe Amazon determined that it would be more practical to add a free sample. When you finish your free sample, there is an option to buy right there. I’m just speculating (still need to try it out). If I hear any further news, I’ll let you know.

      • Thanks. I was a little confused on it. Again, the problem is that it takes up most of the Tweet characters, so I can’t do anything more than that and the title.

      • You’re tweeting directly from the product page at Amazon? I believe an alternative is to just make your own tweet with a link to the product page without any hashtags related to Amazon Cart. A customer can then reply to the tweet adding the hashtag #AmazonCart to add it. Or I guess you could just add this one hashtag yourself so it’s already there. I’ll have to add a few books this way and try a few tweets to check it out.

      • I do both actually. I switch it up because that @Amazon can get a little attention. At least I think it does. I haven’t seen any changes since the #Amazoncart was added.

    • Thank you. 🙂 That’s a good approach. Since information and trends can easily change within a few months, it is necessary to make periodic updates to keep them current.

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