This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.
From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.
WE PLAY POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
Join in and see where it leads.
Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
This week I looked into the popular “Crime” genre.
On 26th April 1986, reactor four exploded at the factory in Pripyat, Chernobyl.
At the same time teenager Afia Bello vanished from her home without a trace.
The damage from the nuclear fallout is examined over the following weeks, months and years by Afia’s younger sister Sissy, as she unwittingly uncovers clues relating to her sister’s disappearance, and the secret life that Afia kept hidden from her family.
In the summer of 2015 Private Detective Alex Harvey is hired to investigate the disappearances that have been occurring within the exclusion zone.
He can think of only one person to bring along with him to help; Ukrainian national Elian Gould.
Elian – who was adopted at birth – has her own reasons for accepting the job; namely to search for her own family history which has always been a mystery to her.
But the remaining citizens of Chernobyl are hiding their own secrets and with a darker force at work, the missing person’s case suddenly turns into something much more serious…
Exclusion Zone is a gripping thriller that will keep readers hooked to the last page.
Price: £2.99 kindle $3.99
Published in the last two weeks this book only has 2 reviews on Amazon.co.uk.
Would I BUY or PASS?……BUY
The book cover grabbed my interest with its eerie green theme and the Chernobyl disaster happened in my memory. I once met someone who used to live on the fall out zone, so I’m interested to see where the author takes this storyline. The price is competitive in today’s saturated market. I would be willing to give this book a try.
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
(then write a little analysis about your decision)
Share your post, use #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share all relevant posts.
Here are links to other bloggers taking part in today’s challenge.
Shelley has looked at YA fantasy Snow White Lies by Sarah J Pepper
Cathy went in search of kitchens and found ghosts. Ghostly Interests by Lily Harper Hart
Liz went in search of book covers featuring doors. The House With The Lilac Shutters by Gabrielle Barnby
Barb’s post got delayed without the internet, but is here now books and a cruise around the Med
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Love the cover! Sounds like a captivating read, I’d BUY too. 🙂
Yes, the cover is great and I like the blurb. It would be a BUY from me.
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I’m afraid this doesn’t appeal to me.
It sounds intriguing and a fascinating setting for sure.
Fabulous cover but subject matter doesn’t appeal 🙂
I’d pass on this one.
I normally pass on crime stories, but the Chernobyl theme is intriguing. Buy… maybe.
Yes, I remember this Chernobyl disaster and the eerie green cover dragged me in as well. I’d buy it too because I want to know more. 🙂 ❤
Yes the green is very fitting.
Love the cover and would definitely give this a go 🙂
I think I would buy it as well
I would buy because of the well written blurb!
Excellent, thanks Noelle.
I’m also curious on how the author takes this. Nice choice! 🙂
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This has been an exercise in design and marketing that, as the author, I’ve followed with great interest. I had no say in the cover, it was all down to the publisher (Endeavour Press), and although personally I love the cover its been really fascinating to see how other impartial potential readers view it. This has been fun, as let’s face it, we ALL judge a book by the cover, whether we’re meant to or not! Thank you guys for taking the time to comment and great site, I’ll be checking in again!
Many thanks J.M we do this each week, and it is a great exercise for authors to take note of, thank you for enjoying our efforts.