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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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Getting closer to launch!

I’m SUPER excited as it’s getting closer to my eBook launch time for my new eBook, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes! My amazing graphic designer, Christine Dupre, finished the cover and did a BEAUTIFUL job!

I took an informal vote on Facebook and the cover below won the most votes. What do you think of it?

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes Design by Christine Dupre Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Design by Christine Dupre
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

I’m using the other cover option Christine designed for my next eBook in this series called The Cinderella Story: The Power of Dreams. It was so hard to choose between the two, as they are so amazing and the vote was close. So I’m using BOTH!

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes Design by Christine Dupre Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

Cover for my next eBook
The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Design by Christine Dupre
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

My editor/formatter, Hanne Moon with Heritage Press Publications, has my manuscript. She’s waiting on the efile from the converter and it’s being converted into an eBook now and in mobi format for KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on Amazon. You can independently publish on KDP to reach potentially millions of readers!

This is one of the fastest books I’ve ever written. I wrote it in 4 days!

Although I already had a lot of content from my signature talk with the same  name, I had to do research, find Scriptures, write more and pull it all together. I didn’t think I could write it that fast, but God helped me and I did it! Woot!

My writing/business coach, Shelley Hitz

My writing/business coach, Shelley Hitz

I’m in my writing/business coach Shelley Hitz‘s Author Audience Academy 3-month writers’ training, and she has motivated us to write our books quickly.

Shelley is a successful Christian speaker/author, who’s written over 35 books and her husband CJ has written books. She said together, they earn enough in royalties for their eBooks on Amazon to pay their basic bills! You can find her books at Amazon here.

Shelley did say during the summer, sales tend to slow down so she has other income streams, such as speaking and coaching. But when I heard she had this much success from eBooks on Amazon, I knew she was onto something and that I had to take her training! And I LOVE it! She’s an amazing instructor and coach.

Some of the other students in Shelley’s training program already have their eBooks live on Amazon, such as Lucille Zimmerman’s What Does God Say About Suffering, Ruth Snyder’s Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps, and Mel Edwards’ The Bold Way: Find, Claim, Live Your Truth.

I can’t wait for mine to go live to share it with you! I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready!

What favorite books/eBooks are you reading right now? Leave your comments below.

 

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