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Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
« on: June 26, 2020, 05:07:28 pm »


just curious

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
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    « Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 10:24:01 am »
    The colors are bold and striking. I don't read serial killer novels but I expect the ad would catch the eye of those who do.

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #4 on: June 28, 2020, 12:04:47 am »
    No; I find serial killer novels intensely boring. I also hate red and black.


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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 05:05:48 am »
    To be honest I probably wouldn't. It's extremely dark and the cover doesn't stand out from the background. The cover fonts are also hardish to read at that size as well.

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #6 on: June 28, 2020, 06:19:12 am »


    just curious

    One thing that grabs readers' attention on a cover/ad is contrasting color. Your colors of red and black are pretty similar, IMO. If you contrast the black and dark red on the cover itself with some lighter colors, such as yellow or white or green, I think it would draw the eye more. It doesn't have to be a lot, but something to break up that wall of similar colors.
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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #7 on: June 28, 2020, 07:41:04 am »
    The ad itself is good but I can't see the cover really. It's so dark the visual just blends together into a darkness. The cover has that issue in general, in a small thumbnail (not saying it's bad, it just needs the tweak to be better).

    A lighter cover visual would stand out from dark background on it's own too.

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #8 on: June 28, 2020, 08:14:54 am »


    just curious

    Really sorry about this, but you did ask and it would be remiss of me if I didn't give my honest observations.

    I wouldn't for the following reasons and I read seial killer stories.

    I don't know what a DoorDash is if you are after an international audience, so to me, it doesn't mean anything, even if when you read the story it is self-evident.

    The cover: It doesn't look professionally designed and put together, so I would assume it was the same for the content, and here's why. Too dark. also red typograghy is a no no at the best of times because it generally looks wishy washy and pixelated in digital format rather than a solid color you get when printed, more so for color blind people who have difficulty distinguishing red on a dark background.

    If the ad didn't say it was a serial killer thriller story, I wouldnt know it from the cover and title. It needs to be more genre specific.

    I'd go back to the drawing board if I where you as Bookbub ads cost a fortune and so you need your ad to catch attention. I don't know the format they allow for ads, but if you had the right cover it might be better to frame the cover within an ereader for the image.

    Looking at the cover in your signature, it just looks like a dark blob as a thumbnail. In the ad, there seems to be some red writing under the word FOR, but I cant make it out if it should be part of the title and I'm not color blind.

    As a suggestion, I would go to Rocking book covers to look at their premades  for your genre, then look at yours and ask yourself if you still think that your cover hits the mark. (link in post earlier.) Maybe re think the title.
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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #9 on: June 28, 2020, 09:11:40 am »
    Heard of the company DoorDash but I dont know what service they provide. It wouldnt be a selling point for me.
    The cover is hard to read and the background is unclear but I do make out a road. Is doordash like uber so this guy is picking up people but then kills them rather than dropping them off at their door?

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #10 on: June 28, 2020, 01:43:13 pm »
    I would not click on it, because the cover does not look professional, and I would assume that if the cover isn't professional, neither is the writing or editing.
             

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    « Reply #11 on: June 28, 2020, 09:29:58 pm »
    Sorry Isaac, I did already tell you about the cover, so I won't repeat that. But when you get the same message from so many different people, surely you should know by now that there is something wrong. What I am wondering is why so seem so attached to that particular cover?

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #12 on: June 28, 2020, 10:07:45 pm »
    I dunno. I just liked it. The book's dark in content, but I guess it needs to be changed. Thanks ya'll.

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #13 on: June 28, 2020, 10:24:46 pm »
    I looked up Door Dash and it's apparently some sort of fast food delivery service. If so, you cannot use it like this. It is detrimental to the company's reputation and will get you a law suit.  :'(


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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #14 on: June 29, 2020, 02:27:13 am »
    I looked up Door Dash and it's apparently some sort of fast food delivery service. If so, you cannot use it like this. It is detrimental to the company's reputation and will get you a law suit.  :'(

    Now I know what DoorDash is, your point is excellent and I have to agree.


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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #15 on: June 29, 2020, 07:18:31 am »
    I like the tag. If I was into true crime, that would make me pause. The cover is unprofessional, however. I would see that and lose interest.

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    « Reply #16 on: June 29, 2020, 06:42:37 pm »


    Working on it. You guys are good.

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    « Reply #17 on: June 29, 2020, 08:07:50 pm »
    Can you put a "Be" in there or is it too late?  Somehow it feels better to say, "Be Careful What You Dash For."

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    « Reply #18 on: June 29, 2020, 08:15:32 pm »
    Can you put a "Be" in there or is it too late?  Somehow it feels better to say, "Be Careful What You Dash For."

    I put the "Be" in and took it out again about a million times. I'm actually having anxiety writing about this. In the end, I went shorter because of the Strunk and White adage, "Vigorous writing is concise."

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    « Reply #19 on: June 29, 2020, 08:19:46 pm »
    Heard of the company DoorDash but I dont know what service they provide. It wouldnt be a selling point for me.
    The cover is hard to read and the background is unclear but I do make out a road. Is doordash like uber so this guy is picking up people but then kills them rather than dropping them off at their door?

    DoorDash is one of those food delivery apps. So this guy orders food and, every now and then, kidnaps, toys with, and kills the delivery driver. It's supposed to be one of those hokey page-turners.

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    « Reply #20 on: June 29, 2020, 08:22:07 pm »
    Yes, I like this cover better.

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    « Reply #21 on: June 29, 2020, 08:26:44 pm »
    Yes, I like this cover better.

    Thanks. Still may tweak some things, but I get what everyone was saying. While I disagree on the defamation thing many told me about in another thread (and some in this one), I'm not too stubborn to listen sometimes. ;)

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #22 on: June 29, 2020, 09:04:27 pm »
    Can you put a "Be" in there or is it too late?  Somehow it feels better to say, "Be Careful What You Dash For."
    I don't agree. It's the way people talk, well at least it's the way I talk. I'd say 'careful what you wish for' not 'be careful ...'


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    « Reply #23 on: June 30, 2020, 04:27:35 am »


    Working on it. You guys are good.

    Still needs some work, but it is already 1 million times better! :)

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    Re: Would You Click This BookBub Ad?
    « Reply #24 on: June 30, 2020, 08:50:12 am »
    Much improved for sure! It might be most unique cover but at least we can see the idea and genre.

    'A novelette' doesn't need to be that big, it's not gonna get read in a small thumbnail anyway and throws text a bit off balance.

    Font could be different. This one isn't as common in thriller/suspense covers. If you look around them you will see that certain few fonts get used most of the time. So you can use one of those, there is a reason they are used. Simplifies work for you.

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