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Picking a Cover!

future you the author self-publishing Oct 10, 2021

Today, I emailed my my mailing list to ask for their opinion on the cover of my upcoming book, Becoming Future You. I thought it might be helpful for you to see what I sent to my list, especially if you, too, are self publishing. I truly wanted their opinion as it's so hard to pick a cover! At the same time, I was also testing the covers with Facebook ads using Skye Warren's method.

NOTE: each of the cover images was clickable and went to a thank you page on my website. My goal wasn’t to get pre-orders for the book, but to take a poll and see which cover was most popular.

Here’s the email I sent:


Hi You,

 I hope you’re doing well! I was wondering if you’d mind giving me your opinion on something? I finished my best draft of my book and sent it to my editor. Yay!! 

I’m really excited about this book for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I think it’s going to be really helpful to you. It’s like this newsletter times three thousand. I even signed off with, “Love, Mel.” (We’ll see if my editor lets me keep that part.)

It’s all about becoming Future You and figuring out what you want (instead of what you think you “should” want) so you can live your version of a meaningful life. It’s full of strategies and stories and questions and examples … oh and there’s going to be a bonus downloadable workbook (because of course there is). As I was writing it, I imagined you and I were sitting down for a long chat over coffee and pastries. Since you were there with me through the entire process, I thought you’d like to weigh in on the cover.

Which of these do you like best? Just click on which one you like and my newsletter stats will tell me which one is the big winner. :) 


That’s it for this week! I’m working on my launch plan. I’ve spent a decade marketing fiction books, so I’m really excited to finally try out some new nonfiction strategies!



Want to see the results of the cover test? Click here.



P.S. Here’s the blurb I wrote for Becoming Future You: Be the Hero of Your Own Life


With her simple, actionable strategies and engaging stories, Mel Jolly will guide you through the process of figuring out what the heck you want out of your life.

You’ll learn the important stages of any hero’s journey, from making a decision (like buying this book), to defeating your enemies (like your limiting beliefs), to achieving your happily ever after. 

This book is for you…

  • If you feel stuck or without direction.
  • If you struggle with motivation
  • If you feel like you’re running out of time.
  • If you’re not sure what you want out of your life or how to get it.
  • If you’re looking for hope and encouragement.
  • If you want a roadmap for what you’re supposed to do next.

You’re already becoming Future You, but the question is… do you like who you’re becoming? This book is a guide to help you become the most authentic version of yourself, the you you were meant to be. You deserve to live your version of a meaningful life.

Mel Jolly has spent years coaching women to help them realize, yes, they do have superpowers and, yes, their dreams do deserve their time, energy, and effort and, yes, "you are worth it!" 

You can be the hero of your own life. It’s never too late to become 5-Star Future You.

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