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#1 Mistake On Back Book Covers

Is your book's back cover turning away sales?

It may be, if you make the #1 mistake even supposedly savvy publishers make. Remember, people will pick up a book because the title, or perhaps the design,
catches their interest. But what happens next?

They look at the back cover.

And if the copy doesn't grab them, they put the book down.

If it does grab them, they will either buy the book or look inside for more information.

So how do you grab the reader by the eyeballs?

You capture their attention with a powerful headline. Something that will stress your book's major benefit.

Yet, not having a headline on the back cover is the #1 mistake authors make.

Whether you're self-publishing or publishing with a traditional author, make sure your back cover copy has a powerful headline.

To get a feel for powerful headlines and back cover copy, study some best-selling books and make note of the common elements. (Do it online at amazon.com or visit a bookstore and look at the best sellers.)

You can also study your "junk mail" for examples of winning headlines. Most of these mailings come to you because they're proven winners. Study the headlines and see what they're doing. You want to make sure you put the major benefit of your book in the headline. Note: the benefit is what it will do for the reader—how it will make his or her life better in some way.

Write up several different headlines (at least 20—50 would be better) and test them on people who would be interested in your book's subject matter. Ask them this key question: "Which headline would make you want to buy the book?"

Don't neglect this key component. Your book sales depend on it!

Submitted by:

Diane Eble

Diane Eble has 28 years experience in the publishing industry as an editor (magazines, fiction and nonfiction books), author (11 published books, more than 350 articles), and copywriter. She is now a book publishing coach as well. Visit her site at http://www.wordstoprofit.com for information on writing, publishing, and selling books and other information products




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