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3 tips for book/eBook covers to draw more readers. And revealing my new fiction book’s cover!

On today’s Facebook Live video, I accidentally cut it off at the end. So I re-recorded the video, 3 Tips for book/eBook covers to draw more readers. And I revealed the cover of my new fiction book and its title that I’m working on right now!

You can watch the video which I recorded on Zoom and uploaded to YouTube here at the link below:

https://youtu.be/aBAYuWCSAn8

How the idea for the book came about

One day in my business coach Diane Cunningham Ellis’ Inspired Business Academy (IBA) training class, she mentioned the video game Tetris. Believe it or not, I’d never heard of it before or played it. It is a video game created by Russian software engineer Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 for the Electronika 60 computer. 

Tetris game. Image source: Unsplash. Hello I'm Nik.

Tetris game. Image source: Unsplash. Hello I’m Nik.

When Diane explained its concept, I immediately thought, “That is a new book idea!”

Tetris is about creating order out of chaos, the way God does in our lives. You try to get all the colored falling blocks to fill empty space in a line at the bottom of the screen and win points. You can move and rotate the colored blocks. It isn’t easy. It’s challenging, but fun!

My book’s theme is about alignment to God’s will and His purpose for our lives. This isn’t easy, either. Everything in life doesn’t fall into neat, straight lines–even when you are a Christian believer.

iphone. Image source: Unsplash. David Grandmougin.

iphone. Image source: Unsplash. David Grandmougin.

I downloaded the game Tetris on my iPhone and began playing it to see how it worked. (I don’t usually play video or Facebook games!) I also asked my former editor/publisher Hanne Moon if I could use the name of the game in a new book title. She said no; the company could sue me and come after me with a “Cease and Desist.” Um, no!

So I asked my husband Ray to help me think of a substitute name/title for this intriguing book idea. He thought a minute and then said, “The Game Blocks of Life.” I liked it and am going with it!

Our beautiful & talented daughter, Leah

Our beautiful & talented daughter, Leah

Our daughter Leah graduated earlier this year from college, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Graphic Design. I asked her if she would be willing to design my new eBook’s cover. She said yes. I immediately hired her and am paying her for this. I bought the image from Istock. I like the fact that the royal blue block on the right side resembles a cross. Leah designed the cover and I love it! It includes all 3 of the tips that I shared in today’s video.

This is my new book cover, which Leah designed:

The Game Blocks of Life. Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

The Game Blocks of Life Copyright 2021 Beth M. Jones
Book Cover Design Copyright 2021 Leah Merae Jones

Leah designs book covers, logos, and more. You can find out more about her and her graphic design work at her website here below:
https://lemeraedesigns.wordpress.com/

So far, I’ve written over 18,000 words on this new fiction book. 

What are you working on right now in your speaking and writing? You have a unique and powerful message to share that the world needs to hear!

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Join me for my free Zoom Writers & Speakers Dream Cafe!

Writers & Speakers Dream Cafe

Are you an aspiring author or speaker? Do you love to write and speak?

I’m so excited to announce that I’m having a FREE Zoom webinar, the Writers & Speakers Dream Cafe, on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Central Time/3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Have you been saying for years that you want to write a book and/or speak?

On this webinar, you’ll be encouraged and motivated to write your book and/or to step out to speak this year. It is time to share your story and your heart-burning messages!

I’ll also be sharing with you about my brand-new, writers and speakers virtual training on this webinar, and answer your questions about writing and speaking. 

Below is the Zoom info you need to come to this free webinar. Bring your fave hot or cold drink, your questions, and a friend – and share about it with others! I can’t wait to see you there! The passcode is useme

Beth Jones is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Writers and Speakers Dreaming Cafe
Time: Feb 18, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72645390540?pwd=UDl1ZGNxR2lXcHgwVm52bXFSZUpMUT09

Meeting ID: 726 4539 0540
Passcode: useme

I can’t wait to see you there! Please share about this with your family, friends, and biz peers!

Beth Jones, International Speaker & Author

Beth Jones
International Speaker &
Amazon Best Seller Author

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Writing On Wednesdays (WOW!) writing & speaking tips

Writing On Wednesdays

How is your new year going?

This year I’ve started a “new thing” at my Facebook Business Page. I’m offering a “Writing On Wednesdays” Facebook Live video (free of charge!) to give practical tips for writers and speakers. This is to inspire, motivate, and encourage you to write your book(s) and step out speaking this year!

I’ll also be sharing about a new writers and speakers virtual training that I have coming up soon, so stay tuned for details!

You can join me each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central Time (3 p.m. Eastern Time) at my Facebook Business Page at this link below:

https://www.facebook.com/BethJones.net

Bring your fave hot or cold drink, your questions, and a friend! I can’t wait to see you there!

Beth Jones, International Speaker & Author

Beth Jones
International Speaker & Amazon Best Seller Author

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