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26. Maggie Says, ‘Hey, Track Folks! Save 14.92 Percent at USATF’s Columbus Day Sale!’

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27. Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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28. Indiegogo Campaign Launched for Let’s Read! Asia

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29. Just A "Heads Up"...

Some books are going to be removed from the store front and because it is a pain in the ass to upload and re-do things they will not be re-listed.

The books affected will be those with lower page counts so if you were thinking of buying any (I really do like kidding myself) they get removed next Tuesday.


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30. Patrick Roche Poetry Video Goes Viral

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31. Tricky Vic

tricky vicRobert Miller was known to everyone except his own family as Count Victor Lustig (or by any of forty-five other aliases). He was a con man, with a career full of ways to separate people from their money, including, believe it or not, selling the Eiffel Tower. He was “one of the most crooked con men ever to have lived.” Not your usual subject for a children’s picture book, but Geisel Award winner Greg Pizzoli pulls it off. Like any good picture book, Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower is written with a light touch, and the mixed media illustrations are gorgeously simple-seeming with plenty of visual play that will appeal to children and adults alike, and which complement and extend the text. Vic’s face, for example, is not a face at all, but a fingerprint, and one of his “marks” (victims) was Frenchman Andre Poisson (French for fish), his head replaced with that of a fish, with a speech bubble saying, “He took the bait.”

The beautiful design, the informative sidebars, and these amusing visual elements ought to play well with the Caldecott committee. These little touches are subtle but add up to a winning package. The muted color choices are a bit of a nod to the Elliot Ness era and allow the reader to feel as if he or she is in the middle of an old movie. A gray-green sensibility runs through the book, while the fingerprints and fish heads serve to keep the tone light. However, the committee may also consider one historical issue: Pizzoli says in his author’s note that he altered the actual timeline of Robert Miller’s story, placing Vic’s conning of Al Capone before the sale of the Eiffel Tower, when most accounts suggest he did that afterwards. Pizzoli felt he was giving precedence to character development over exact historical accuracy. Can he do that and have the book still be nonfiction? Will that matter to the Caldecott committee? As a former member of the Sibert committee, I can just picture the discussion through that Sibert lens. I think the Caldecott committee will see this as nonfiction: everything in the text is true — even if the sequence of events has been skewed — and it helps that Pizzoli points out what he did and why. It’s a bit of literary license in the service of good storytelling, which is what any book committee is looking to honor.

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32. The Laws of Medicine

The practice of medicine affects all of us. Understanding how doctors think about treating illness, even more so. With precision and passion, Muhkerjee clearly and concisely sheds light on the three principles that he sees as the laws that govern medicine. As illuminating as his Pulitzer Prize–winning book on cancer, Emperor of all Maladies, this [...]

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33. #750 – Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar & Troy Cummings

Little Red Gliding Hood Written by Tara Lazar Illustrated by Troy Cummings .                         Random House Children’s Books  10/27/2015 .                      978-0-385-37006-6 .                     32 pages   …

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34. When Will Nickelodeon Strive Again For the Heights of ‘Avatar’ and ‘Legend of Korra?’

Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko's animated series convincingly broke Nickelodeon's dudebro mold. Will they be the last?

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35. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Illusion by Lea Nolan + Giveaway (US Only)


by Lea Nolan

Today we're giving you an exclusive excerpt from ILLUSION, the third and final book in the HOODOO APPRENTICE series by Lea Nolan, and we're debuting the book trailer!. Before we get to that, here's a note from Lea:

I’m thrilled to be here at YABC to introduce you to Illusion, the third and final book in my Hoodoo Apprentice trilogy, which released this week. In addition, I’m over-the-moon excited to share the gorgeous new covers for the first two books in the series, Conjure and Allure and to share an extra special giveaway just for you!

~ Lea Nolan (ILLUSION, Entangled: Teen)

About the Books

b2ap3_thumbnail_conjure.jpgCONJURE (HOODOO APPRENTICE #1)

Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry--hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma's ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper's soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

But when a strange girl bent on revenge appears, demon dogs become a threat, and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before the last days of summer--and her friends--are lost forever.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

b2ap3_thumbnail_allure.jpgALLURE (HOODOO APPRENTICE #2)

Worst. Summer. Ever.

Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.

Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Faced with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

Things aren't always as they appear…

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie's worst problems. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies--human and spectral--who may or may not have joined forces against her and everyone she loves. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis's revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use black magic, which will endanger her soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she's never seen before, Emma must harness the power within her to fulfill an ancient prophecy, defeat a centuries-old evil, save her family, and reclaim the only boy she's ever loved.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
And now, we're super excited to premiere the trailer for the HOODOO APPRENTICE series!


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“Are you sure you should even be working this spell?” My brother Jack, asks. “Maybe it isn’t worth it. You and Taneea don’t need to be friends, or even non-enemies. It might be easier to ignore her and her clones.”
Anger bubbles in my gut. Easy for him to say. After only a week at Beaufort High, he’s already got a ton of friends, including more than a few girls who’ve texted to see if he’ll be at tomorrow night’s party at the chapel ruins. No one’s talking about him behind his back, except maybe to speculate how horrible it is to have me for a sister.
“Sure, whatever, Mr. Popular. I’ll just spend the rest of the year as a pariah. No problem.” I go to slam the door, but he shoves his foot next to the jamb.
“That’s not what I meant.”
“I’m not looking for a miracle. I know who Taneea is and realize she’ll probably never be a decent person, but if this spell works and we can at least form a truce, there’s a chance I might get to be normal, at least at school.”
“What if it backfires?”
“It won’t.”
“How do you know? You said yourself you’ve never worked this spell before. What if something goes wrong?”
Now he’s gone too far, sticking his perfectly angled nose where it doesn’t belong. My jaw juts. “Since when did you become an authority on hoodoo?”
“I’m not. I’m just trying—”
“Exactly, you’re not. So thanks, but no, thanks, I don’t need your opinion or help.” I eye his intruding sneaker. “Now if you don’t mind, I’ve got work to do. I’ll let you know when I’m done so you can get your precious ledgers.”
“Jeez, Em, relax. I’m on your side, remember?” His expression softens, but it’s too late—he’s bugged me too much.
“Yeah. Okay.”
He pulls his foot back and I shove the door closed. Turning toward to my worktable, I draw a few deep breaths to center myself again. But I’m still too riled up to relax. I reach for the small vial of dried allspice berries and give it a good whiff. The scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg waft around my head, calming my mind and uncurling the tension that wound my muscles during my exchange with Jack.
Once I’m centered, I open my lids and reach for Taneea’s pilfered emery board, passing its metal tip through the flame to purify it.
Black soot crawls across the nail file. Pulling it away from the candle, I wipe it clean with a soft flannel cloth, then lift the stopper off a vial of pure liquid sulfur. The acrid scent of rotten eggs curls up from the bottle and shoots straight up my nose. Holding my breath, I dip the board in the foul solution, then set the top back in place, containing the stink.
As I draw the board through the flame a second time, an incantation floats from my lips.
“Fire and brimstone obey my plea,
to make a friend of my enemy.”
A putrid scent swells, filling the small room with the odor of death. The sulfur catches fire, flashing a brilliant blue, then yellow. Clingy black residue bubbles up, coating the surface. When the metal glows a vivid orange, I pull it from the flame and drop it in a waiting bowl, then douse it with Hoyt’s Cologne, the cheap drugstore perfume used in spells for good luck. The flowery liquid hisses and spits against the hot metal, sending up a cloud of rose- and violet-scented steam. As the file cools, the mist clears, revealing the board’s shiny, reflective surface.
A wave of fatigue crashes over me, making my lids droop. Every inch of my body yearns for sleep, even my toes. This must be a stronger spell than I realized. But that’s a good thing, considering how much it’ll take to make Taneea even a little bit nice.

b2ap3_thumbnail_NolanBioPic-CROPPED-Med-Res-copy.jpgAbout the Author

Lea Nolan is a USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance and YA. Her books for young adults feature bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She also pens smart, witty contemporary stories for adults filled with head-swooning, heart-throbbing, sweep-you-off your feet romance. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, she loves the water far too much to live inland. With her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, she resides in Maryland where she scarfs down crab cakes whenever she gets the chance. To learn more, visit Lea’s Website or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Goodreads.


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One winner will receive signed paperback copies of the first two books in the series, CONJURE and ALLURE.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

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36. Stephenie Meyer Talks About Her Gender Swap Project and Midnight Sun at New York Comic Con

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37. YALSAblog Tweets of the Week: October 9, 2015

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between October 9 and October 15 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

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38. NYCC ’15: The Dark Knight 30th Anniversary w/ Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and more

For those who missed it on twitter, our intrepid leader Heidi MacDonald was on the ground at the anniversary panel for The Dark Knight, where The Dark Knight III: The Master Race was on everyone’s mind. The panel had a few surprises in store, including an appearance by Frank Miller himself. Here’s the rundown:   […]

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39. Handful of Stars

Handful of Stars. Cynthia Lord. 2015. Scholastic. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]

I was not disappointed by Cynthia Lord's newest middle grade novel, A Handful of Stars. The book is set in Maine during the summer. Lily is a girl being raised by her grandparents; her best, best friend is a nearly-blind dog named Lucky. Lily hasn't been spending much time with her human best, best friend, Hannah, though. The girls may just be drifting apart, something that Lily thought was impossible at one time. But a chance meeting with Salma, a migrant worker in a blueberry barren, changes everything. Lily and Salma soon are inseparable, and, they seem to have a lot in common considering there "apparent" differences. (Differences that don't matter all that much when all is said and done.) Salma seems to understand perfectly the bond between Lily and Lucky, and, is eager to help Lily find a way to pay for the surgery that may give Lucky back her sight. Not every near-stranger will volunteer their time and talent every single day after a long day picking blueberries! Salma has her own way of seeing the world, and, Lily is used to seeing things only one way, her way. And Salma's presence in her life seems to be a great thing for Lily, and Lucky. But can Lily be such a blessing to Salma too? She just might!

This is a friendship-themed coming of age story that is more sweet than bitter.

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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40. Self-Editing

Here are some simple tricks for editing your manuscript.


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41. New York Public Library Announces the 2015 Library Lions

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42. NYCC ’15: Aliens, Buffy and Korra from the Dark Horse: CLASSIFIED! panel

At the Dark Horse: CLASSIFIED! panel this afternoon at New York Comic-Con, a series of brand new licensed comics including new material from Aliens, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and The Legend of Korra was announced. The brand new Aliens comic is entitled Aliens: Defiance with writing from Brian Wood (Star Wars) and art from Tristan Jones (Mad […]

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43. Fairy Tale-Themed Coloring Books Featured on Kickstarter

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44. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials movie review

scorch trials posterMaze Runner sequel The Scorch Trials (Twentieth Century Fox, September 2015) reminded me of two very important Siân facts:

  1. I should never, ever drink anything before or during a movie.
  2. I am no hero.

If you’re looking to take a road trip in which you do not stop every 45 minutes for pee breaks, you probably don’t want to be traveling with me. Additionally, if you’re looking for someone to run toward the gun fight, carry you to safety as you slowly change into a zombie, or single-handedly storm a government-controlled facility of horror to save you, you definitely don’t want to be traveling with me.

A plane flew low over my apartment recently and my only panicked thought was, “THE END IS NIGH!”

No one can accuse me of excess courage.

Now that we’ve discussed my cowardice, let’s move on to how scared I was during the movie.

The Scorch Trials is thrilling. I have no idea how similar it is to the book (I’m guessing from the Wikipedia entry that the answer is “not at all”), but the movie was downright gripping. The Gladers, thinking they have been saved from the supposedly-good-but-actually-evil hold of WCKD, find themselves prisoners once again. Led by handsome, heroic, and utterly heedless Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), several boys and one girl, Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), escape from the facility and go storming into The Scorch (which appears to be the once-lush, now-barren-desert San Francisco) with little aim beyond “escape.”

What followed was 132 minutes of me hiding behind my knees, desperately thinking, “nonononononono this suspense has to let up sometime, right? RIGHT?”

The band of teens race through wind-blown desert, vacant and neglected cities, and into the mountains hunted by the WCKD doctors Ava Paige (Patricia Clarkson) and Janson (Aiden Gillen); attacked by horrifying zombie-like people infected with…something (the flare?); and harassed by healthy people who are just plain mean (like Alan Tudyk’s character, Blondie, who really should have had a cooler name than that).

James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic world is brought to terrifying life with some incredibly expansive and remarkably detailed settings whose stark monoliths are paralleled in a number of shots of the teens, standing backlit, brave, and alone. The special effects help highlight the sheer terror present in this world — awful thunderstorms, disgusting zombies — without pushing realism (too far) or diverting from the plot.

Clarkson and Gillen’s stoic adults are perfect bad guys: frighteningly calm and emotionally removed but motivated by red-hot moral righteousness. The boys are exactly the type of teen heroes we want to root for: O’Brien’s Thomas is all determined morality; Ki Hong Lee’s Minho is smart, sassy, and totally badass; Thomas Brodie-Sangster’s Newt is just the right mix of skeptical observer and dedicated friend; and Dexter Darden’s Frypan brings gentle humor and kindness to the daring crew.The only character who doesn’t add anything to the ensemble is, unfortunately, Teresa, the only female in the group. Through no fault of her own, Scodelario’s character speaks little and does even less, seemingly a character whose sole purpose is bringing about the emotional growth of the male protagonist. I will also add that, ideologically, I am angry with the character of Brenda (Rosa Salazar), who seems to exist only to tempt the sainthood of Thomas and thus suffer karmic repercussions because can we PLEASE stop using female characters as tools for male character growth? But that would be a digression. And we all know the internet is not the place for digression or outrage.

Overall, The Scorch Trials made me, as a viewer and consumer, very happy. It was exciting, visually stimulating, and fast-paced; the actors were engaging and likable (or perfectly detestable, which is also great fun); and the cliffhanger was intense but not brutal.

Bring on the third one, folks! I’ll bring my blankie for more effective hiding.

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45. NYCC’15: Dark Horse Brings James Cameron’s Avatar to Comics

During a special panel at New York Comic Con 2015, Dark Horse Comics in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment announced that AVATAR, the highest-grossing film in history, will expand into the world of comic books in anticipation of the three upcoming film sequels. The books are said to tell […]

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46. Powell’s Q&A: Tyler Oakley

Describe your book. As a YouTuber, my occupation is to share my life with anyone who wants to listen. It's a dream job that I've had for almost eight years, and my audience has grown to 7,500,000 people — with half a billion total video views. I can barely wrap my mind around it and [...]

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47. Podcast Host Mike Duncan Inks Book Deal

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48. NYCC’15: Marvel Reveals First 2016 Event

Hot on the heels of a relaunch and the not quite finished Secret Wars comes marvel's first crossover of 2016.

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49. Media Mentorship & AAP’s New Digital Media Guidelines

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If you haven’t heard the big news, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released updated findings in regards to the use of screen time by young children  which emerged from their recent Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium. I’m excited to report that the AAP findings fully support ALSC’s position as outlined in the Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth white paper adopted by our Board of Directors back in March.

More than ever, families and children will be turning to libraries and youth services staff for help in navigating the digital landscape and in making sound, developmentally appropriate decisions on media use. Your professional association is here to help you rise to the occasion and embrace the role of media mentor with the white paper and other resources that offer helpful ways for you to respond to your families.

ALSC resources available to support you in meeting this evolving opportunity include:

  • Check out the professional tools for digital media on ALSC’s website. ALSC’s Digital Content Task Force collected a go-to list of resources and we’re always looking for more to keep the page fresh and updated, so don’t hesitate to submit your recommendations through the form.
  • The media mentorship white paper landing page has several resources including FREE webcasts such as “Best Practices for Apps/eBooks in Storytime” presented by ALSC member and littleelit.com founder Cen Campbell. Littleelit.com is a crowd-sourced, collaborative think tank focused on developing best practices for infusing new media into library programs, services, and collections.
  • This very blog has regular posts related to technology programming and collections, so check it regularly and stay on top of the trends.
  • Two new task forces are sure to keep us forging ahead as media mentors:
    • The Media Mentorship Award Task Force is developing a potential award for excellence in innovative use of media with children, including a process for recognizing an exemplary media mentor program.
    • The Expansion of the Notable Children’s Video Task Force is exploring the possibility of expanding Notable Children’s Videos to include new digital media.
  • Keep your eyes open for a new how-to book authored by Cen Campbell, Claudia Haines, and ALSC, scheduled for release next June. 
  • ALSC leadership has submitted a proposal to present media mentorship to educators at SXSWedu next March and at the 2016 IBBY Congress next August.

We’re all in this together! Let’s share our thoughts, successes, and requests for help on ALSC-L.  Do you use new media regularly in your programming and services? Want to share your know-how with colleagues? ALSC is always looking for new webinar content so please feel free to share your ideas with the Education committee here

Media mentoring is vital to supporting the lives and literacies of children and families in the twenty-first century. Each of us committing to the role of media mentor is crucial to our success as a profession that serves children. I look forward to continuing this journey together!

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50. 4 Surefire Ways to Boost Book Sales & Giveaway - #IndieAuthor #SelfPubbed

The perfect book cover can mean the difference between mediocre sales to hitting the top 100 bestseller lists on Amazon. 

Quote: "Book covers are EXTREMELY important. The original cover of Elemental came off as very paranormal romance-y. And, unfortunately, it attracted readers who were avid paranormal romance fans. Many of them responded negatively to being surprised with a space opera with very little romance. A cover is a form of communication. It has to pique the interest of your target audience. If you pique the interest of someone who isn’t going to like what’s inside the book, you’ve just wasted your time." - bestselling Author, Emily White  (LOVE her cover on the left-side)

As a writer, your job is tell a great story, but I find that when it comes to fiction marketing or book cover design, some authors don't take the same time to study it, the same as they would if they were researching aspects of their latest book. 

Frustrated with low book sales?
It could a number of things, including your current cover design.

The cover should instantly let readers identify the genre, and if it catches their attention, then they will most likely read the back jacket copy and reviews, and buy the book.

But if your design is misleading, or doesn’t represent the genre, or looks unprofessional, it will almost certainly have readers skipping your book and clicking on someone else’s novel.

I know what you’re thinking…the book design shouldn’t matter. It’s what inside that counts. And maybe that’s true. 

However, as an indie author the odds are stacked against you. Self-published writers do not have huge marketing departments backing them, so please consider giving your book the best chance of piquing a reader’s interest by having a design that “fits” the genre. 

Sales for my own YA paranormal romance series, Spellbound had drastically declined. Each of the covers in my series had a different image and design, and it was confusing readers. I couldn't afford to hire another designer,  so I decided to create my own covers and see if new branding would help  boost sales. Within three weeks, my sales tripled. Then I redid the  designs on all of my book covers, and again my sales jumped. 

I honestly believe that book covers do help sell books!

It is NOT cliché to have a cover that represents your genre. In my opinion, it is an savvy marketing choice to allow readers to instantly recognize the genre of your amazing story. Many self-published authors believe a false assumption that covers should be unusual and distinctive, which is extremely risky. Misinformed self-published writers who don’t understand the purpose of the design will make fatal mistakes in cover art selections. I'm not saying your book has to be identical, but a design should be similar to others in the same genre. 

Whatever genre you write in, I suggest studying the book covers of the  bestsellers. There are trends in designs for a reason because a reader can tell at a glance what type of book it is, so I recommend having a cover similar to what is popular. It is a smart marketing strategy and guaranteed to get you results. 

If your goal is to sell more novels, market your work, and appear professional—with an amazing book cover you can attain all three objectives!

The majority of self-published bestsellers all have great cover designs that correspond with the genre that they write in, and you should do the same. For example if your book is a thriller, then study the cover art of the bestsellers in that genre.

Did you notice that all the bestsellers in "mystery / thriller" have a similar look to them?   

Really look at the fonts. They are all huge and bold and eye-catching. Study the colors used. These designs all share a washed-out look.

Again,  I know what you're thinking (because I used to think the same thing) that you want your design to "stand-out" or be unique. But professional book designers will all agree that it is better to have a cover that fits the genre than be different.

If your book is a New Adult Romance, browse the most popular books on places like goodreads.

Do you notice how all the covers appear to follow the same design "look"?

Readers of New Adult fiction can tell at a glance that these books are in the same genre. I recommend using the same types of fonts and colors that match the bestselling designs for whatever genre you write in, or if you're buying premade covers.

Even my own New Adult College Romance cover below matches the trend in NA designs.


If your genre is paranormal romance, I suggest you take a good look at the designs of the bestsellers:

Did you see how all of these PNR covers have a similar design?

Take a good long look. All of these awesome book covers convey the genre at a glance. The book cover I designed below fits the PNR genre with a moon, blue color, and a spooky vibe.

So choose a design that fits the genre, and the book cover will easily and effortlessly do some of the marketing for you. Having a design that doesn’t match the genre will not only impede sales, it’s essential for success. 

And that is your goal, right? RIGHT!


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