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So you probably know by now if you’ve been reading my emails and following along in Facebook groups and on LinkedIn that I am publishing my first book next week. It is called Leapfrogging Success: 5 Simple Steps to Powerful Presentations and Public Speaking for Nerds, Techies, and Introverts.
I am super thrilled to share this with you and the entire world!
But at the same time, as I’m sure you can imagine, it’s freaking SCARY AS HELL! Anyone who has written a book and actually published it knows exactly what I mean.
I mean, think about it. No one really knows me outside of my local community or social circles, either in person or online. So, to put myself out there like that is HUGE for me, especially since I am huge introvert!
But it’s time and I have to do it. It’s all part of the plan to put helpful resources out there for people just like me… introverts, deep thinkers, social misfits, people who don’t always take bold steps, and people who are generally terrified of speaking to an audience in any capacity. It’s something I am massively compelled to do, and I have to trust my gut.
Do you agree? Can you relate?
But there is also a dark side to this.
Oh wait…wrong movie!
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There we go!
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So ya, the dark side…
When you put yourself out there to the world, you leave yourself open to indifference at the very least. You may get ignored or put by the wayside.
It is ENORMOUSLY DIFFICULT to connect with influential people to help you get exposure and get noticed for work that you put your heart and soul into creating, especially if you are a new author.
You also leave yourself open to criticism, negative comments, and sometimes nasty trolls who hate on you for whatever weird reason! It’s all a part of putting yourself out there.
They may call you an idiot. They may say you are wasting your time. They may say books are dead. They may say “Who are you to write a book? You’re a nobody!” But you have to take the bad with the good if you’re going to put yourself out there.
If you are a new business owner or an entrepreneur just starting out, you know EXACTLY what I mean. Can I get a HELL YA!
So, I wanted to share with you that I’ve been putting my book cover design choices out there for thousands of bloggers, entrepreneurs, friends, and trusted advisers over the last month to vote on in select online communities and groups.
I wanted to be completely transparent and show you the process of narrowing down the choices for cover design. There are some subtle differences between the first couple, and then a big difference.
So here they are:
Just to share some results already, I’ve had 99% positive reviews and comments, and out of the 4 total designs, 2 of them stood out the most. So, in this post, I am going to reveal the winner as well as the runners up. Keep reading.
But I want to let you know, I have also received some nasty comments as well, and some put-downs. Some people have said “Your design is amateur. Get a professional book cover designer!” I even had someone say “The frog is childish! How is anyone going to take you seriously?” Sheesh… Tough crowd, huh? I felt like I was getting heckled onstage on amateur comedy night!
Sure, I get it. Valid points…maybe. But I am going to stick to my guns, and go with one of the 4 cover designs. WHY?
1) My design is my design and I like it. I want full control over it. Can it be more professional? Sure. But I’m not going to worry about it too much.
2) I want the goofy frog on the cover because introverts already take themselves too seriously! I want them (and you) to know, it’s okay to lighten up. That’s why you see a lighthearted brighter green, rather than a darker more serious green, and yes, a goofy frog on the cover. It’s supposed to be fun!
All the votes have been tallied, and I am happy to announce that I’ve settled on the final cover for the book.
Design #4 was the winner!
And here it is!
The consensus was 1) Make the word “Powerful” stand out with the “5”, and 2) Keep the font consistent in the subtitle and author name. The title has its own style consistent with the website logo.
For those of you who were voting in the Facebook communities and on my subscriber list, #2 was in first place, followed closely by #1, and #3 was in last place. Then after some advice from a few designers, some more thought, and some more shifting around in Photoshop, along came sample #4 and it was a shoe-in!
So there you have it–a lighthearted, simple, not overly complicated book cover design that I am happy with and proud to release to the world.
Thank you all for the votes, support, and friendship to those of you who helped me along the way! You know who you are (Jesse, Anne, Nikki, Kamarin, Pete, Steve, Andrew, Clark, Dhruv, Debbie, Paul, Kurt, Ruben, and many others). I will be sure to announce when it is actually published on Amazon. Can you feel the excitement??!!
Always keep leaping forward, my friend!