GIVEAWAY: Judge My Book By Its Cover

We all do it. Especially with unknown authors. We decide whether or not we’ll click on the “more information” or that we’ll pick up the book based on its cover.

The cover tells a story about the book itself. It answers these questions for a potential reader:

  • What’s the genre?
  • What’s the feeling of the book?
  • What’s appealing about the book?
  • What’s the essence of the story?

Because here’s a secret I just learned: marketing a book is not about getting reviews or Tweeting about it every 10 minutes. It’s about persuading someone to check it out. And how do you do that? Create an intriguing product. That product consists of three major components:

  1. The book itself. MUST be polished and compete with traditionally published books (if you’re self-publishing)…that means professional.
  2. The cover. MUST draw a potential reader in while giving hints at what the book is about.
  3. The description about the book. MUST entice the reader to open the book (or click on it)…and leave them wanting more.

I think I’ve spend nearly as much time toiling over the cover and the description l than I have editing my first novel. But I’m talking about the cover in this here blog post and this is where you, my dear blog reader, come in.

VOTE For Your Favorite Cover…and WIN!

That’s right. I’m holding a contest where you get to help me choose which cover does all of the above. Here’s how it works:

  1. Take a look at the three covers below.
  2. Read the book description: Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 19. Born in the 1950s into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a commended life but she is determined to find independence and freedom amidst her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. A blind date evolves into a marriage proposal from a man like her father, vulgar and abusive. Then she meets a sophisticated co-worker who seems obsessed with her. His attention is intoxicating and she is drawn to his gravitational pull. Can Laurel find the threads of an unwavering resilience despite insurmountable odds?
  3. Leave a comment with your vote.
  4. Fill out the Rafflecopter Giveaway (HINT: If you Tweet and Like my Facebook page you get more points!)
  5. You could win one of two $10 Amazon Gift Cards!

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