Anyone who has read my blog on a fairly consistent basis knows my motto, if I had one, would probably be “Onward and Upward” or “Never Look Back” or something along those lines. I’m not a fan of going back, especially if you’re fixing shoddy work to begin with. Do it right the first time or don’t publish until it’s ready.
But with writing and publishing, there’s always going to be something bigger, something better, news, tools, software, maybe even someone you meet, something you learn, that can help you do something in a better way, or in a more efficient manner. And you’ll want to go back and fix something.
And that isn’t a bad thing. We always want to keep learning, keep moving forward, keep honing our skills.
That’s why I decided to go back and fix All of Nothing. Not edit it or rewrite/revise it. No, I think the insides are very strong, and I’m really proud of that book. I mean, the blurb, the cover, and looking up new keywords for the metadata for Amazon and ad targeting.
- Cover. I was super happy with the cover when I made it back in October of 2018, and I received good feedback, too, albeit from other author friends, not readers. Since then my skills have developed more, I know better places to find stock photos, I know to look at other covers in my genre so I know what is hot right now since trends change. This is why I redid the covers for my trilogy. They didn’t depict what genre it was (some were calling it “sweet” romance when it’s steamy), I didn’t research what was selling in Contemporary Romance for indie authors, and over all they looked homemade. This is All of Nothing‘s problem, too, and I need to rectify those issues so the book fits in and it entices readers to want to buy it or borrow it in KU when I enroll it next month.
This is the worst thing I have to do with the revamping of the book. Not only do I have to replace it on KDP and order the proof, I have to replace it on IngramSpark, too. Either I need to join the Independent Book Publishers Association, or pay the fees. I’d rather join the IBPA because free file uploading at Ingram is covered in their yearly fees. That works for me since The Years Between Us is still not being offered there. Sigh.
- Blurb. No one can write good blurbs. No one except the staff at Best Page Forward, Bryan Cohen’s blurb writing business. I offered All of Nothing‘s blurb for critique when their podcast started up, and naturally, the hosts shredded it. I didn’t know it was that bad. If you want to listen to the Best Page Forward’s critique of All of Nothing‘s blurb, click here. I recommend the podcast, but unfortunately, I can’t afford Bryan’s prices for a blurb. One of the FB groups I’m in offers blurb critique so I’m going to rework the blurb and see if I can’t find something that better explains what the book is about. I’ve been reading a lot of copyrighting books lately, so hopefully I can come up with something better suited with a little help from the critique group.
- Keywords. I’m going to be delving into this a little more. I came upon a new sub-genre called bully romance that I think Jax falls into quite well. Feedback indicates
he’s not likable until the last part of the book (read, the ending) and if I can prepare readers for how harsh he is to Raven, that can only be a plus for me. This will help me target readers if I decide to do any ads. But for now I’ll focus on new keywords and phrases for the seven spaces KDP gives you when you publish. It’s a great idea to keep those keywords fresh. I bought Publisher Rocket, so I’ll be using that to help me, though I’m going to have to take some time to learn how to use it.
That’s what I’m going to be doing with this book. Covers take a lot of time, and I’ve already started playing with various ideas. I’ll blog about those next week.
Do you have a book that would benefit from any or all of the above? How are you going to go about it? Got a plan? A list? Let me know!
I don’t know if you intended to make me giggle with the part about no one being able to write a good blurb except the people at Best Page Forward, but I did.
I listened to the podcast episode where you were featured after I submitted the one for Alabama Rain, and, obviously, they didn’t like either blurb. But, I also listened to a few others and maybe it was just the ones I chose to listen to, but they very rarely had anything good to say about anyone’s anything. And I didn’t find much of what they said to be especially helpful for anyone. Which, I know is carefully done so that people will not glean too much from constructive criticism therefore improving themselves; they’d prefer to sell their blurb-writing services. I haven’t given up on the podcast entirely, but when the feedback leans so far to destructive rather than constructive, I take it with a grain of salt.
Especially after the formatting nightmare I had with SLT, where the formatting came from a highly reputable, highly regarded name in the Indie community…I guess my perspective shifted on what to expect, or trust, from such reputation.
ALL of that said, I *love* the new look AON is getting and am excited to hear whether it has an impact on your sales. Best wishes! ♥
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