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 (www.theillustratedauthor.net) 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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Those look fantastic, Chris! Very professionally done. I love the different cube examples on each volume and the entire boxed set is attractive.
Thank you. Melissa will appreciate your compliments. 🙂
Is this on sell now as a boxed set?
No. It’s coming soon though.
Yes! Thank you for the compliments. I truly appreciate it!
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Cover Reveal! For all you self publishers on Amazon. This is a boxed set you won’t want to miss!
Thank you. 🙂
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.
Looks amazing Chris! 🙂
Thank you, Kev. 🙂
Beautiful! Well done, Chris.
Thank you (though I must give the credit to Melissa Stevens for making them). 🙂
Gorgeous cover. Striking, clean and crisp. Two thumbs up 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
Can’t wait to buy the boxed set. I’ve been holding off on getting your formatting books until I’m ready to format, so as to have the latest updates when I need them.
The design is very professional.
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.
Love the new look Chris.
Thanks, Kev. 🙂