A Book Marketing Resource for Writers- Review of BookBrush

Are you a writer? Have you published or self-published books or ebooks? I recently had the opportunity to review a site where authors can create graphics for their books for sale. 

A review of BookBrush
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Here's a look at BookBrush and my take on the pros and cons for using it for your book graphic needs. Throughout the post, I'll share some of the graphics I created using the program.

What is BookBrush?


BookBrush is a graphics creating resource for writers. If you're a self-published writer, you know how difficult- and sometimes expensive- it is to get quality graphics that you can use to advertise on social media. It can be especially tricky to get good 3D graphics of your book. BookBrush is a resource that can help you solve these problems.

The program allows you to fairly quickly create a graphic, using standard ad sizes, with your 3D book on a background with text. The program has a variety of 3D book styles, backgrounds, text choices, and stamps. There is also a 3D book creator which allows you to put the cover of your book on a 3D template and a video creator which allows you to take a graphic and add an effect to get some video motion.

There are different price tiers for the program. There is a limited free version which offers three images a month with backgrounds- including uploading your own- and limited stamps. The Plus version is $8 per month and includes unlimited images, backgrounds, and stamps, as well as five video creator credits. You can also pay for the year. There  is a money-back guarantee for 30 days, so you do have some time to try out the paid plan and see if it's worth it.

A review of BookBrush
Created with BookBrush

Why might you use BookBrush?


If you are a self-published author and are looking for a fairly simple and relatively inexpensive way to create graphics for marketing your books, this program might be just what you're looking for. With BookBrush you can choose a popular social media size. There are twenty-five to choose from. Or you can add custom dimensions.

A review of BookBrush
Created with BookBrush

Pros and Cons of BookBrush


I've used many different graphics programs. Many. So my thoughts about how well BookBrush works is colored by my experience using other programs. My overall thought is that if you are a smaller, self-published author and don't have the access to or funds for professionally created graphics and you don't want to have to learn how to use a very customized graphics creator BookBrush might be just what you're looking for.

A review of BookBrush
Created with BookBrush


So let's look at the Pros and Cons...

Pros:
  • Price- At $8 a month, the paid program is fairly reasonable.
  • 3D book covers- If you're looking to make a 3D graphic of your book, there are a number of options here- books that look like paperbacks, books on ipads, books on a phone, books with headphones like audiobooks.
  • Fairly simple and quick to use- Once I figured out the basics, I could create a graphic in just a few minutes.
  • Popular ad and graphic sizes already there- There's no need to have to look up the standard size of a Twitter post or Facebook ad or other popular social media graphic size. You can choose from the preset sizes. (I double checked with the most recent graphics size recommendations, and these seem accurate.)
  • Templates provided or saved- There are some community templates available. You can grab one and customize it fairly easily. You can also save your graphic as a template if you make something you think you'll use again with other books.
Cons
  • Not very intuitive...if you've used other programs- Having used a variety of other graphics creators, I found myself floundering when I first started poking around. There were some obvious things I could do, but when I got stuck, it was difficult to find help. After clicking on almost everything I found an FAQ page. I thought I might as well try it, and, ah ha!, I found a getting started video. It would be nice to have an actual help/how to section where you could look at how to do specific things within the program. There are some things I still don't know the answer to- like whether or not I can buy more video credits if I wanted to.
  • Limited- If you want graphics to market your books, you are pretty well covered. That's what's advertised, and that's what you get. If you want much customization, you're going to have to upload your own fonts and pictures and  logos. You can do that on a Plus plan. But of course adding all this customization makes the process longer which cancels out that "quick to use" portion. There are some templates available, but if you really use the "Filter" option, you can't get very narrow, or you won't find any templates. I found I had more success if I just scanned all the templates and tried to find one I wanted and that would fit my ad size. The backgrounds I found are ones I've seen on free stock photo sites. And the stamps selection- even for the Plus plan- is really limited. 
  • "Video" is a little misleading- Video is all the rage on social media these days. But what you can create with the video creator here is more like a graphic with a moving- and sometimes sounding- effect. The Video Creator is in beta, so maybe there is more coming.
  • Speed- I tried different browsers at different times of day, but I still often experienced lagging. The first few times I tried to search for backgrounds, I thought the whole thing wasn't working because it just took so long to show me any selections. Trying to add the books or stamps to my background sometimes seemed to take an unusual amount of time as well.
  • No way to save personalization- Although you can save a template if you think you may use that exact- or very close- template again with another book, there is no way that I've found to save brand assets- my fonts and colors and logo. Without that, personalization makes the whole graphics creation process lots longer because I have to add or choose those every time.
A review of BookBrush

If you're looking for a program that you can use fairly quickly and you need 3D book graphics with not a whole lot of customization, you should at least give BookBrush a shot with the free plan. If you already have a graphics program you're comfortable with- especially if you need more creative options- it may not be for you. But, again, it's worth a free look.


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