Let’s talk covers! I know some people love the covers with people in sexy poses, showing skin, while others prefer a symbolic yet striking object on the front of a book. From an author’s point of view, this can be a double-edged sword. Even if, as the author, you prefer the sexy models, Amazon, iBooks, and even Target stores are less welcoming of the skin-bearing jackets.
The one thing this year guaranteed to reduce your visibility at the online retailers? Male nipples. Yes, a lot of authors have giggled about why something so visible on any public beach would have book sellers discriminating but the only answer we’ve heard is that anything too sexual is something they’d rather not show. Hence, the objects or more sedate couples.