Be careful what you name your book. Bad self-help book titles can be a real turn-off for potential readers. You’ve got to get your title just right.
One author recently discovered this lesson while testing titles for a self-help book on PickFu. This author wisely asked 100 people who read at least one book a month for votes and opinions on these three potential titles.
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.
It’s hard to believe that writers used to pen entire novels by hand. It makes sense that some revered works of literature are extremely long and wordy, because they didn’t have a digital word processor to help them cut, shape, and perfect their books. Word processors like Microsoft Word have made books leaner, cleaner, and more powerful than ever before. But if you need help knowing how to write a book in Word, you’re not alone.
Some authors have a love-hate relationship with book descriptions — especially those that appear on jacket covers. On the one hand, what if they give too much away? But on the other, what if they don’t provide enough information to tantalize readers? How does an author find the perfect balance?
One PickFu user made this burden easier on herself by testing her two book descriptions in a recent PickFu poll. Since the book is aimed for a female audience, she asked an audience of 50 women, “Which book description is more appealing?”
There’s nothing like walking through the Romance section of your local bookstore. Bared abs and breathy-looking women abound. If you’re brave enough to pluck a book from the shelf, you spend the entire time at the cashier’s desk hoping no one judges your reading choices.
But what if nudity isn’t the only thing that can sell a romance novel? One publisher tested this question in a recent PickFu poll. She posted two romance book cover ideas and asked an all-female audience, “Which book cover do you like better?”
Option A shows a fully dressed man in a suit. A stubbled chin turns to the side; the top buttons of his shirt are open.
In Option B, we get standard Romance-cover fare: a full set of ripply abs and pecs.
When pet owners pick out accessories for their furry friends, they tend to be picky. It makes sense; a dog or cat takes up a lot of space in your home and life, and you want their bed, toys, and dishes to look decent among the general décor. This also creates an opportunity for online sellers. The most effective way to know what the best cat products to sell are is to ask cat owners.