How one tiny detail tilted this book cover poll in favor of the winner

When it comes to book cover design, it might seem like only the major details matter. But as one author discovered in this PickFu poll, the most minute details can sometimes make the biggest difference.

The author asked 50 LBGT+ respondents which of two cover designs they would choose for a book titled, Sheltered Town. Both covers feature one woman embracing another. The only difference is that in Option A, the blonde woman’s head is tilted downward. In Option B, she’s facing the camera head-on.

Can you guess which one won?

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How to write a book title that will sell

Here’s a secret many writers don’t know before they get published: your book title might change after you sign a contract with a publisher. Depending on the publisher, you may or may not have a say in the final title. So don’t get attached to the working title!

That flowery, literary title you adore might get changed if your publisher’s marketing team doesn’t think it’ll sell the book. And if you’re self-publishing, you might think you can keep whatever title you love. But remember: your title has one job — to get people to read the book.

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How to write a book in Word

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.

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How to format a book for Kindle, step-by-step

Why you should know how to format a book for Kindle

Once upon a time, writers relied on traditional publishing to get their books in front of an audience. And it’s true that publishing through an established company means your book won’t get sent out into the world full of typos.

But every writer also knows this: sometimes, publishing houses release bland books that should’ve stayed in draft form forever. Conversely, sometimes even the best books never find a home through a traditional publisher. Actually, this happens all the time.

This situation has driven many writers to take matters into their own hands and self-publish books through platforms like Amazon. One neat thing about Amazon is that you can easily format an e-book using Kindle Create, a free formatting software that makes your book look professional before you upload it to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

If you’re wondering how to format a book for Kindle, keep reading. We’ll show you everything you need to know in three simple steps.

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How to start a fantasy novel

When a potential reader is scanning the shelves at their local bookstore, a few things catch their eye and make them pick up your book. First are the title and book cover. Second, the blurb. Finally, they’ll open your book, thumb through the pages, and read the first couple of sentences. Will your first paragraph be enough to hook your audience into buying your book? Let’s discuss how to start a fantasy novel.

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3 data insights for authors

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Caleb Kaiser at Reedsy.com for contributing the following guest post.

The publishing world earned its reputation for being opaque. If you want even basic data points, like book sales for a given title, you’re forced to cobble together numbers from a variety of sources — Nielsen BookScan, Amazon rankings, etc — just to get a vague estimate.

This dearth of data is part of what makes PickFu valuable to authors. PickFu gives you a quantifiable way to approach decisions like picking a cover image, writing a book description, or settling on a title based on data.

If you’re an author interested in taking a more analytical approach to your writing and/or publishing, you should know a handful of insights. We’ve listed our top three below, starting with… … Continue reading

8 crucial tips for book titles

A book’s title is its calling card. It’s how a potential reader finds your book. It’s how a satisfied reader talks about it to a friend.

So when it’s time to dream up a book title, what must you consider? We turned to five experts on the topic, who shared these tips:

Word of mouth

Word of mouth is still the number one reason readers buy books. If you want to maximize your sales and earnings as an author, you need to understand the word-of-mouth sales process. It all starts with your book title.

Every word of mouth sales process has three simple steps: … Continue reading