Covers Sell

Covers Sell


Posted by Scott On April - 25 - 2010


Paul Jones (famous for his wit and wisdom) once brilliantly lamented the disconnect between covers that win National Magazine Awards in Canada and how they actually sell. How to win an award for Best Cover? The formula: just create a cover that is “Art with Logo”.

Using cover lines is usually a very good idea, if you want to sell.

But this cover, from one of Canada’s great magazines, Adbusters, will probably sell extremely well. We will check in a few months and report back the results.

One Response to “Adbusters”

  1. Annon. says:

    A relief to hear it said it outloud! I have seen many times that the award-winning covers are the ones who sell poorly on the newsstand. Not to take away from the talented directors behind the award-winners, it just depends on what you’re trying to acheive — art…or sales?! I’d take a loser that sells at a 70% efficiency at the stands any day.

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Scott Bullock is a veteran circulation expert with over 38 years experience in both Canada and the United States. He has worked on trade titles such as Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal and Small Press in the USA. In consumer magazines, Scott was the Circulation Director for D Magazine (the city magazine of Dallas, Texas), and in Canada he was the Circulation Director for Toronto Life, Fashion, and Canadian Art. From 2000 to 2004, Scott was a partner at Coast to Coast Newsstand Services. Scott has also held the post of VP Sales & Marketing, for CDS Global, Canada. Currently, CoversSell.Com is Scott’s circulation consultancy. Active clients include: Fly Fusion, Canadian Geographic, Canadian House & Home, Canada’s History, Canadian Real Estate Wealth, Canadian Woodworking, Canadian Cycling, Canadian Running, Canadian Scrapbooker, Legion, Harrowsmith, SkyNews, and SuperTrax.



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