If you’re a self-published author, I have a pretty strong inkling you’ve been in a similar predicament as myself, no doubt!
As I was been playing around with ads and trying to get the word out, I found myself staring at my book cover and just feeling like I hated it!! I commissioned it, and I don’t want to say from who because it wasn’t the creator’s fault necessarily, but it just wasn’t as professional and up to snuff as I wanted it to be. I also had a sneaking suspicion it was hurting my chances of a sale, because ads that don’t have other elements for flare don’t get clicks at all. So, being an artistic person, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I spent a few hours yesterday redesigning my cover. I used Amazon’s tools to determine measurements for my unique book, then downloaded the template to make sure I put everything in the proper place. It was surprisingly easy when I used Canva to create it, and I’m far more pleased with the results of my own efforts.
That’s where the ease of it all ends, though!
I was on my way out the door to enjoy a night at my monthly book club, and convinced I was happy with it, so I uploaded the changes onto Amazon and Goodreads. Unfortunately, I made a mistake with both! I didn’t realize a coloring error with Amazon, and so I was mortified and stressed when I realized it and had to wait for their slow approval process to finish before I could change it. I also added new editions of my book onto Goodreads, not realizing there was an option just for a different cover edition. It was all just such a mess. I’m cringing still this morning!
I did manage to calm myself down, however, after remembering two things. One, I’m a first time self-published author…I’m going to make mistakes and that’s okay! It’s not like I’m alone in this; I’m 100% certain I’m in good company here! Two, it’s not exactly like my books are flying from the shelves. I’m selling about two copies a day with the ads I’m running and the sale, and that’s majorly exciting and I think pretty good for my first Indie book, but let’s be real…odds are, no one’s going to purchase a book with the cover mistake. If someone does, maybe I’ll be a well known author someday and it’ll be worth something, right!?
A girl can dream.
Anyway, I’m writing all of this to encourage anyone who’s made a mistake in the publishing world today. It’s okay. We all make mistakes from time to time, don’t we?
Be well friends!
The Author Who Makes Mistakes,
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