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Authors improve their book marketing efforts by using PickFu to test book titles and covers with potential readers targeted by literary preferencenumber of books read per month, and more.


Which One Won? Self-help books with swear words

Lately, self-help books with swear words have become their own genre. Some people love a good expletive. Others find them vulgar and unfit for genteel society.

But let’s admit it: we’ve probably all cursed before. Do we want to see swear words in book titles, though?

One PickFu user tested this very question for a book about losing weight without a diet.

Option A reads, “Fuck Diets. Discover the 4 Ridiculously Simple Habits to Effectively Stop Your Body From Storing Fat and Look Fabulous.”

Option B says, “You Look Fabulous! Discover The New 4-Habit Secret To Painlessly Get The Body Of Your Dreams Even When You’re Over Diets.”

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Tips for writing book descriptions

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?”

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How PickFu Helped a First-time Author Reach #1 on Amazon

Business consultant Sean Rosensteel was in the midst of writing his first book when the media first began to buzz about the COVID-19 crisis. With the threat of an economic downturn on the horizon, many of Sean’s consulting clients began canceling or delaying engagements. This newfound free time meant that Sean could focus on finishing his book about living a life with intention.

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Which One Won? When it comes to dog book covers, the more puppies, the merrier

Even if you’re not much of a dog person, you pretty much can’t resist smiling when you see a puppy. Just try to glare at one. I dare you.

(It’s impossible.)

But if you are a dog person and you’ve just brought home a cuddly new ball of fur, exactly what version of puppy sweetness do you love the most?

One author recently took to PickFu to ask 50 Amazon Prime members their opinion of three dog book covers about keeping puppies happy and healthy in their first year of life.

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Which One Won? Romance book cover ideas

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.

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Choosing your self-help book title

Most of us are constantly looking for ways to improve our lives. That’s why self-help books can be so successful. But in order to attract attention, they have to feature a catchy and meaningful self-help book title.

One author of a self-help book tested titles on PickFu, asking, “Which is a more enticing title for a self-help book?”

Option A is Stressless Success. Option B is Stress Free Millionaire.

Can you guess which one won?

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How to Self-Publish a Poetry Book

Self-publishing a poetry book is similar and yet vastly different from self-publishing a novel or a non-fiction book. Because poetry is written in different styles, the formatting of the book is distinct. Figuring out how to self-publish any book can be confusing, let alone a book of poems. However, with this guide on how to self-publish a poetry book, we’ll smooth the learning curve together.

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Which One Won? Can chick lit book cover art be too sweet?

Chick lit is the new chick flick. Or maybe it’s better, because for those who crave the lighthearted humor of a romantic comedy, a book lasts longer. But should chick lit book cover art be as frothy as the subject itself? Bestselling author Kate O’Keeffe took her latest novel to PickFu to find out.

She asked a general audience of respondents the following question: “Which cover do you prefer for a fun, feel-good book about finding love?”

Option A shows a bright red cover with illustrations of two characters (sans their faces) and yellow font.

In Option B, the cover takes a totally different turn. With a pink-clad woman and a light-blue background, this cover is as light as a cupcake. It also lacks the blurb by a fellow bestselling author.

Can you guess which one won?

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Which One Won? Positivity in business book titles

Even the tiniest changes in business book titles title can affect whether a reader buys your book.

One author recently tested two versions of a book title with PickFu. The author polled 50 college-educated respondents and asked, “I’m writing a book on how to attract and hire great people. What title do you like the best?”

Option A reads, “Escape the Hiring Trap: How top companies beat Facebook, Amazon, and Google for talent.”

Option B says, “Win the Talent War: How top companies beat Facebook, Amazon, and Google for talent.”

Can you guess which one won?

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How to Structure a Self-Help Book

Back when I was a curious high schooler in my mom’s English class, I got to read a slew of self-help books. My mom always had her sophomores read them extensively, hoping to arm teenagers with wisdom as adolescence hit with full force.

The structure a self-help book had was important to me even then.

I used to check the table of contents for the juicy-sounding titles. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, for example, offered chapters named “My First Kiss, and Then Some” and “Dead at 17.”

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