(It occurs to me y’all might wonder if that’s a typo and I’m going to ponder whether advertisements sell books, but no, I’m talking abs. Naked and totally ripped male stomachs.)
Mrs. Giggles put up an interesting blog post that y’all should go read in its entirety. Very interesting stuff. But I especially like this one:
6. Readers love covers with naked men. Okay, so online readers are too intellectual for that, but let’s face it, those covers sell. Authors have reported again and again that their naked men covers sell much better than their flowers and scenery tasteful covers.
My strongest selling story to date:
Now, it’s not necessarily the naked man (although he’s certainly not hurting the eyes). It’s a paranormal shifter novella and part of a collection also featuring Mandy Roth, Michelle Pillow, Sydney Somers, and Jaycee Clark. So was it the very fine and talented company I was keeping…or hot naked Khail on the cover? Maybe the blurb?
Death is a collectiveâ€”an unkindness of supernatural ravens with the power to take the form of men and to decide which humans live and which humans die with a mere touch.
When Khail lays his fatal touch on his next victim and she doesnâ€™t die, heâ€™s faced not only with a human immune to his deadly power who has seen him shift forms, but heâ€™s able to have physical contact with a woman for the first time in centuries.
Falling for a shapeshifting messenger of Death wasnâ€™t on Bridget Sawyerâ€™s agenda, but things are about to get even more complicated. The Unkind is determined to claim her.
In contrast, my story with the least strongest sales:
“Why?” she wailed pitifully, because she happened to really love that book.
Anyway…both are tagged as paranormal romance. KMD is a darker story with a shifter. ITS is a lighter story with a ghost. Is it the lighter aspect? Is it the ghost? How about its sharing a release date with one of Samhain’s bestselling authors and a Red Hot bondage menage story? Maybe the blurb?
When a holiday-loving ghost tries to rock around the Christmas tree with a Grinchy guest, will they both wind up on the â€œnaughtyâ€ list?
Even though Zach Roberts died in an incident involving a string of lights and an inflatable Santa, heâ€™s determined to deck the halls in a big way. But being trapped in a rental cabin with the Ghost of Christmas Overkill isnâ€™t on Jessica Newtonâ€™s bah-humbug agenda.
Together they discover itâ€™s nice to be naughty, but can he help her find her holiday spirit?
Or should I have asked for naked Zach?
I can’t say with 100% certainty that readers love covers with naked men, but I absolutely know they don’t hurt.