Then, two things happened. One, I had a 99 cent sale of Mark Taylor: Genesis. It did fair--not horrible but didn't meet my expectations. I even had the big gun of EreaderNewsToday (ENT) behind it last week when it was a bargain book. Even with that huge site promoting it, sales were mediocre. I put it out of my mind because I had a successful run of my duobook of No Good Deed and March Into Hell a few days later. Looking back though, I had three times as many downloads of the duobook on ENT and that was the same day it was also promoted on Bookbub, so I imagine some of the Bookbub followers might crossover with the ENT people, thereby diluting the ad on ENT to some extent. So, I took a closer look at my cover--it's the first thing people notice. It occurred to me that the cover could be mistaken for Christian Fiction. Between the word Genesis in the title and the rising sun, it kind of looked religious. That would turn off those who aren't fans of the genre, but those looking for that kind of book would then go on to read the blurb and realize it wasn't.
So, with that in mind, I decided to give Mark a face to go with the story. I thought that would bring the story closer to the reader right off the bat. There is a risk that some people have formed pictures of him in their heads that don't match the man I chose for the cover, especially since I was purposefully vague in my description of him,but for new readers, I think it'll go over well as I this guy is very close to the description in the book.
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I just want to note something about comments on this blog. I read every single one of them, but there is some kind of glitch that I don't know how to fix that won't let me comment on several different blogs, but most frustrating is it won't let me comment even on my own! I don't know how many times I've googled the problem. It's very frustrating! I just want you all to know that I'm not ignoring you when you comment.