Reading is aÂ fundamental habit that fuels the imagination and feeds the soul. Often our first impression of a book on a website or bookstore is crucial to our decision of whether to buy it. However, there are of course a huge range of variables and tastes vary widely among readers. Regardless, there are two main factors that influence a reader’s decision: the cover and the first few pages. Getting these details right can snag you readers, desperate for something original to read.
Essentials when selling your book:
1. A Well-Designed Cover:
More so than simply following current aesthetic trends, what is essential is maintaining professionalism in cover design. Use appropriate, good-quality and well-positioned images or illustrations. Even opt for minimalism. Less is more: a few carefully chosen elements will serve you well. Here you will find another article in which we offer cover design advice – and display some of our cover design work which you can make use of through publishing with us.
2. The First Few Pages
When introducing a character in the opening paragraph, make sure that the reader can get to know them and their attitude to life. This is essential. A desire to get to know characters is one of the most compelling motivations to buy a book. If you want to provide hints as to the exact details of the story, consider doing so a little later. You also need to decide if it best suits your work to introduce the main character at the very beginning or later.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of aÂ goodÂ fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” –Â Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” –Â Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
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Translated by Gregory Walton-Green from the article on Bubok’s Portuguese site