Help me pick some ads!

Your humble host.
your inquiring host

This should only take a minute.

It’s the big launch weekend for my newest book, Poggibonsi, an Italian misadventure, so I’m making some ads.

Fun stuff, right? Well, you need to learn this too, so pay attention.

Please scroll through these mock-ups and tell me if any strike your fancy.

You can buy Poggi this weekend for just 99 cents, then the price goes up – so act fast! But today I need input on what ads to run to catch other people’s eyes

You’re not going to offend anybody; just say, “I like Annette’s ad,” or “I don’t like Curtis’ one.”

If you say, “Screw the ads, I hated this book!” …we probably can’t be friends anymore.

Also, you can say, “I like the color of this one with that one’s words/layout/something. Any feedback is helpful. These folks didn’t make the ads, so they won’t be upset if you don’t like the ads. Probably.

Oh, and you might notice – I try to use YOUR Ammy review. If you are an author, I like to make ads that mention YOUR BOOK title!

Just another perk of being a loyal reader of the blog. Does Stephen King do that for you? No, he does not.

YOUR NAME AND BOOK TITLE in MY national advertising campaign. Because you guys rock and I like to help my friends. (So if you were thinking about doing a review…)

Okay. Get to work and look over these ads:

Fave 1 anne marie B 1

ABOVE: “Pretty sexy” ad with quotes from Anne Marie (we will stick her name in there on the final version)

Fave 2 anne rochelle aben 2

ABOVE: “love the characters” ad featuring Annette Rochelle Aben’s Amazon review

Fave 3 curtis bausse redo 1

ABOVE: “Funny and Sexy” ad featuring Curtis Bausse’s Amazon review

Fave 4 Grady redone 2

ABOVE” “Romance black background” ad featuring Amazon Top Reviewer Grady Harp’s review

Fave 5 Grady redone 3

ABOVE” “Romance white background” ad featuring Amazon Top Reviewer Grady Harp’s review

Fave 6 jess new

ABOVE” “Smart and HOT” ad featuring Jess’ Ammy review. (Say the word, Jess, and you’ll have your full name and book title. I didn’t do it because it wasn’t on Ammy that way and I always want to get permission first.)

Fave 7 SKIRT am 1

ABOVE: “Skirt Anne Marie” featuring Anne Marie’s review

Fave 8 SKIRT am 6

ABOVE: same ad with the book inserted. “Skirt + Book Anne Marie” featuring Anne Marie’s review

Fave 9 Skirt AR Aben 1

ABOVE: again, the same ad with different font colors “Skirt + Colored fonts Anne Marie” featuring Anne Marie’s review

Fave 10 Skirt DG Kaye 4

ABOVE: “Skirt DG Kaye” featuring Debby’s book title Conflicted Hearts. This adds credibility to the ad and also gets Debby some pub.

Fave 11 Skirt DG Kaye 6

ABOVE: “Skirt DG Kaye + Review box” featuring Debby’s actual Ammy review headline


That’s it!

Give me YOUR thoughts! 

Thanks in advance!

Your humble host.New Authors: asking for the opinion of fans and friends will save you LOTS of money on bad ads. The key is, you have to tell them to be honest and you have to accept their input. Post stuff like this on your blog, Facebook page, and Twitter, and after about 10-20 votes a clear winner emerges every time. 100 votes later, the winner will still be the same, so tons of followers aren’t necessary – and you save $$$ posting better ads than if you did this alone.

Please share this with your friends and reblog it! I want all the input I can get!

Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.”

Click HERE to get your copy of the funniest, sexiest book you’ll read this year!


Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

28 thoughts on “Help me pick some ads!

  1. Here are my thoughts: take them with a grain of salt.

    I like “Pretty Sexy” and “Smart and HOT”. The black background grabs my attentions and it stands out a bit more. Skirt DG Kaye is also ok. I like the font and the layout.

    The rest all have the same thing that bugs me: the box with the Amazon review. I don’t like the way that looks. It seems very amateurish, as if someone just plunked a text box in the middle of the ad.

    1. You know, I put those Amazon boxes in there to show people they were actual reviews. I suppose that’s just as effective without the box – the box does tend to look kind of homemade/amateur. I never thought that before but I think it now! You guys are invaluable in the information you provide. If you think that, lots of other people do, too.

  2. I like the DJ Kaye one the best. But they are all good. How much do you charge to create ads? My second will be published soon and I would like to get that, as well as my debut some more notice. 🙂

  3. I don’t care for the box on the girl’s legs. It cuts up the shape of her legs which is the best thing about the cover. The content of the comments look fine.

  4. My take on it.. Use first ad but replace bottom line with
    Smart and Pretty Sexy !
    (In italics with same letter case, I can’t do italics 😕
    Then I think it will have all the eye and mind candy without being too “busy”
    Hope sales exceed your expectations 😊

  5. If this is for Facebook, the black one without Amazon text box screenshots works for me. Everything else has too much text and takes away from the image.

      1. I forgot you have 2 black ones. The one with less text and says smart and hot is what I think would catch the reader’s eye more.

  6. I like all these!
    I think the black one on top jumps out at me the most, and I agree with Annette that the sexy legs are too perfect to block. 🙂

      1. Ooh. Tempting. We do, don’t we…I’ll email you the details of registering your book to my list. That way we don’t make the people in front of you jealous 😉.

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