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"According to Mark Coker, R.L. Mathewson, a romance writer, went from selling five or six copies a day of her novel, Playing for Keeps, to over 1,000 a day simply by updating her cover image." From the article.

Wow, that's pretty amazing (and seductive). Has anyone here had a similar experience?

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Wow, that's pretty amazing (and seductive). Has anyone here had a similar experience?

If and when I get a new cover for New Arrivals, I let you know.

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Here's another new book cover!

Love it!
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Hold on. No reflection on you, Keith, but concerning Coker's claim, my BS detector just went off.


The article says: ""R.L. Mathewson, a romance writer, went from selling five or six copies a day of her novel, Playing for Keeps, to over 1,000 a day simply by updating her cover image."

Below is the cover. It doesn't seem that special to me. But here's the kicker:

Based on her rank, she is currently selling only one per day.

I'm guessing that he forgot to mention the BookBub ad.

Maybe I'm missing something.



« Last Edit: May 17, 2015, 06:01:26 PM by TromboneAl »

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oooohhhh.... great point... That is a bit embarrassing now that you mention it.

We need a face palm emoticon

Haha reading all this made me laugh out loud! Thanks guys!

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Wow. You shot up to the top of my list for covers. Every one of these just feels epic

Thanks! I appreciate it!

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #106 on: May 18, 2015, 08:09:12 PM »
Funny story that relates to a cover Jeff did. My tween-age boy wanted a particular book that Jeff has recently completed a cover for. I bought the print copy (Fantasy), a month ago. Haven't seen the book since.

Friday he comes home from school and pulls out a green plastic box and runs off... I asked what was in the box? It was the book. He didn't want to ruin the cover by putting it into his bookbag, but he wanted to share the book with all his friends in middle school. He'd cleaned out a pencil box, dumping the contents and wiping it down, before putting the treasured book inside.

He's 12. Never treated a book like this.

Can't buy this kind of advertising... Good job, Jeff!

Btw, he loves the story too. It's Conservation of Magic, by Indie Michael W. Layne. Good stuff, according to my tweenie.

I love this story. Thanks for sharing! I remember being a kid and wanting books just because of how cool the cover was, so I can definitely relate to your son's desire to keep that sucker pristine. Wait til the next one comes out in paperback. I gotta be honest, I like the cover with the city in the clouds even better than the one your son has. :-)
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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #107 on: May 18, 2015, 08:19:59 PM »
From one artist to another, these are really cool paintings. I have a 3D background and have always been jealous of digital painters. I hope you get tons of business.

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #108 on: May 18, 2015, 09:16:32 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous work :-)
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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #109 on: May 21, 2015, 12:11:24 PM »
From one artist to another, these are really cool paintings. I have a 3D background and have always been jealous of digital painters. I hope you get tons of business.

Thanks! I appreciate it.

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #110 on: May 21, 2015, 12:17:37 PM »
Here are a couple new pieces!


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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #111 on: May 22, 2015, 06:36:55 AM »
More new work!


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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #112 on: May 22, 2015, 07:41:50 AM »
That would make a killer bookwrap!
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Hold on. No reflection on you, Keith, but concerning Coker's claim, my BS detector just went off.


The article says: ""R.L. Mathewson, a romance writer, went from selling five or six copies a day of her novel, Playing for Keeps, to over 1,000 a day simply by updating her cover image."

Below is the cover. It doesn't seem that special to me. But here's the kicker:

Based on her rank, she is currently selling only one per day.

I'm guessing that he forgot to mention the BookBub ad.

Maybe I'm missing something.


You are missing reading Mark Coker's full writeup, although it is often misunderstood. Mathewson had sales that some of us would regard as healthy with a purely text-based cover. She switched to the genre standard man and woman on cover and sales took off. Apple noticed and asked Coker why. He said Smashwords did nothing she just changed her cover. So Apple put her on their front page and she jumped to 100 copies per day. Nothing to do with BookBub. The full story is contained in the middle of an hour long Smashwords video, but there is a brief summary here:

http://blog.smashwords.com/2012/07/author-r-l-mathewson-on-some-of-secrets.html

Back on topic. Lovely artwork and just what I need for my fantasy project, but the question is whether I can afford such artwork by the time that project is finished. What I won't do is a text only cover.

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #114 on: May 25, 2015, 08:09:00 AM »
That would make a killer bookwrap!

Thanks!

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #115 on: May 25, 2015, 08:37:19 PM »

More new work!



Gorgeous! The sense of scale in your work is incredible.

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #116 on: May 27, 2015, 09:36:33 AM »
Gorgeous! The sense of scale in your work is incredible.

Thanks!!!

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #117 on: May 27, 2015, 10:12:32 AM »


New work for Sinister Stone of Sakkara RPG

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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #118 on: May 28, 2015, 02:51:15 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous work :-)

Thank you! I appreciate it!

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« Reply #119 on: May 29, 2015, 07:35:25 AM »

New full wrap book cover!
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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #120 on: May 29, 2015, 08:17:47 AM »
You are SO going to be my cover artist! (email following soon.) :D
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Re: $450 Custom Professional Cover Art Fantasy and Sci-Fi by Jeff Brown
« Reply #121 on: May 31, 2015, 05:58:17 PM »
You are SO going to be my cover artist! (email following soon.) :D

Awesome, I sent you an email a couple days ago, it go through alright?
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Funny story that relates to a cover Jeff did. My tween-age boy wanted a particular book that Jeff has recently completed a cover for. I bought the print copy (Fantasy), a month ago. Haven't seen the book since.

Friday he comes home from school and pulls out a green plastic box and runs off... I asked what was in the box? It was the book. He didn't want to ruin the cover by putting it into his bookbag, but he wanted to share the book with all his friends in middle school. He'd cleaned out a pencil box, dumping the contents and wiping it down, before putting the treasured book inside.

He's 12. Never treated a book like this.

Can't buy this kind of advertising... Good job, Jeff!

Btw, he loves the story too. It's Conservation of Magic, by Indie Michael W. Layne. Good stuff, according to my tweenie.

I love this story!

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I'd recommend that here, and on your web site, you have samples of covers with the text. The title and other text is an important part of any cover.

That's a good point, I'll need to work on some of my own. I don't have anybody commissioning me for the design part, probably because of this!
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