Back covers are really not used in ebooks. When reduced to the size of an eBook device, the text on the back cover is usually not readable. For this reason, we recommend that the text on the back cover be provided to us to be included inside the book, like a “praise” page, or as blurbs.

Remember:  a backcover on a print book is intended to lure your buyer to your book, to hook them on the story.  When they buy from an online retailer, like Amazon, your prospective reader will have:

 

  •  seen something about the book, somewhere, that interested them;
  •  navigated/found their way to your Amazon sales page;
  •  Reviewed the description (which you create), 
  •  looked at any editorial reviews (like reviews from a newspaper), 
  •  looked at any user or reader reviews, 
  •  read the look inside, or, 
  •  downloaded the free sample, then, 
  •  decided to buy the book, 
  •  bought the book, 
  •  read the book, 
  •  got to the end of the book....and then, they'd see the rear cover.

 

So, in an ebook, by the time a reader saw the back cover, they'd not only have bought the book, but finished it!  For an ebook, that back cover that was created for print is neither needed nor even desirable. 

 

 

  

Phone Call Alert! 

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Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.