1. TheSFReader

    Hi Sean, I don’t remember how I came to this blog post, and I think your “Marshall Conrad” is too Horror for me.

    However, Poltergeeks and Student Bodies seem right my alley. Will you get the rights back for them too ? Do you plan to re-publish them ?


  2. Leslie Smith

    The subtitle is why it is selling, the word “Superhero” is a high value relevant search term. A genre book that can be found easily through search will get more eyeballs regardless of cover image. If I search by relevance (the default setting) for the generic term superhero in Amazon.com your book is currently 41st which is pretty damn high.

      • Leslie Smith

        You are appearing on the 4th page of general book relevance search for “Superhero” but more interesting if you limit the search to kindle edition you are on the top of the second page. This would have a great influence on perceived importance of your book, the weight is most definitely because your have Superhero in the title as well as being in the superhero genre. Your are 15 of 7915 in the relevance rank, way above Marvel, DC, etc. To show the difference this makes, change the search sort to “New and Popular” and you disappear down the rabbit hole, far past where any normal human would browse.

        If I were you I would tweak the book description copy to try and push your book a bit higher. Change the last line “All in a day’s work when you’re trying to save your city from a simmering evil that’s about to be unleashed.” to “All in a day’s work when you are a superhero trying to save your city from a simmering evil that’s about to be unleashed.”

        This tweak could bump you onto this first page of the relevance search algorithm.

          • Leslie Smith

            Ha! Thanks for the job offer, but already in publishing, currently trying to finish off our spring 2015 list of covers.

            Keep in mind that findability (in the Amazon/Web world) and good word of mouth are the two most important factors in the success of a book, and this is coming from a cover designer. Tweak your copy (include suitable subtitles if possible), have a good book, and you will be successful.

            Best regards
            Leslie Smith

  3. I know you didn’t ask for my opinion, but since you have no idea WHY your book is selling, I’ll let you in on a secret. By looking at the person on your cover, I know.
    Here’s why it’s selling: The picture is something each and every person can relate to. That’s it.
    Everyone gets depressed at some point in their lives (some on a daily basis) and this is an emotion that EVERYONE can identify with.
    If it’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging, it’s that people like to help others, hear success stories, and know that the people experiencing success are humans with real problems, too. Openness and honesty are what have me “successful” during the past 1.7 years.

    So there you have it, sir. Pretty simple, huh?

  4. Marshall Conrad has an awesome cover. Can you say more about your method (software/web resources, etc.) when you “whipped” it together? (Do you have a design background?)

  5. I’m probably a terrible designer but I do know Adobe Illustrator fairly well. I bought the background image on Pond 5 and then imported it into Adobe Illustrator. Then it was a matter of finding a font that seemed to work and I think I liked the airy, cloudy font that was all caps. So there you have it. It took maybe an hour to do. 🙂

  6. Kathy

    Your cover for the book is SO MUCH BETTER than the other two. That and your description are enough to make me want to buy/read it.
    (As to how I found this. Via Zite and a post from someone on discovering books on Amazon. The post featured your book as an example.)

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