Laura Melchor


Which One Won? Testing time travel covers for tween girls

For many authors, one of the most exciting parts of seeing their novels travel the road to publication is watching the creation of a book cover. In traditional publishing, the author rarely has any say in what the cover looks like. But that’s not true in self-publishing. And with PickFu, you can make sure the cover you choose for your book resonates with your target audience.

Take the case of a recent PickFu poll, in which an author tested covers for a time travel book aimed at tween girls. The poll asked a group of parents who are Christian and between the ages of 18 and 44 which fantasy book cover they prefer.

Option A shows the silhouettes of four girls striking a fierce pose.

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Which One Won? The weight of a single word

Book titles make a huge difference in sales. Imagine if Where the Wild Things Are had kept its working title and concept, Where the Wild Horses Are.

Would it have been as compelling as an island of wild, unknown, monstrous things? I think not.

It’s amazing what a difference one word in a title can make. One PickFu author recently found this out while split testing two titles for a children’s early reader book.

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Which One Won? When being clever looks like a mistake

While it’s tempting to name your book something catchy and clever, it’s not always a good idea. One author recently used PickFu to test two book titles for a book about weight loss. The two titles had just one difference, as you’ll see below.

Option A makes a play on the word loser and the phrase weight loss with “The Weight Losser: Small Everyday Changes With Big Results, Weight loss [sic] Habits and Hacks, Tips and Stories.”

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Your Guide to Consumer Market Research

We all think we know what our target market wants, right? Our product is something we would buy, after all. Obviously, everyone else will too.

But isn’t that how it always goes? New writers think their freshly written book is Pulitzer Prize material until a critique group chews it up and spits it out in pieces.

Small brick-and-mortar businesses assume people will flock to their store, only to find out there’s no market for what they’re selling.

If you don’t implement consumer market research before starting your brand, you might just fail.

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Which One Won: What to do with an inconclusive poll

When poll results are inconclusive, it can feel like something went wrong, or like your survey wasn’t valuable. But is that the case?

In a recent poll, a science fiction author tested three potential titles for a book, asking 50 general population respondents, “Which science fiction book title is catchier?”

  • Option A: Liminal.
  • Option B: Soul Harbor
  • Option C: Impermanent Universe.

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Choosing the best mystery book covers

Will your book cover attract your intended audience? It’s hard to know if you don’t test it first.

A recent PickFu poll perfectly illustrates this point. In this poll, an author of mystery books asked 50 women, ‘Which book cover is more appealing?”

Take a look at the two mystery book covers.

Option A features a woman standing in a sexy, let’s-take-on-the-world pose. A cityscape is her backdrop, along with some alluring silvery sparkles to go with a silver-black color scheme.

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Concept Testing: What It Is and Why You Need It

You’ve done your research. For hours, you and your team have brainstormed a product idea and you’re pretty sure it fulfills an existing pain point in your customers. You’re so excited to share your new product with the world that you just want to rush it out and start selling it.

Don’t do it.

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Here’s why: 95% of the time, new product launches crash to the ground or fail to ever take off.

How can you keep yours from becoming one of them? The answer is simple but powerful: by implementing the ever-important step of concept testing.

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