The featured picture is essential to help readers decide to read. You can improve its impact by:

  • Raising emotions. Which emotions are in sync with your story? Which emotions your story promises to overcome or to raise?
  • Respecting readers. Not just your audience. Put yourself in different shoes.
  • Choosing representative pictures. The picture, along with the title, carries promises too.
  • Being classy. Don’t rush your search. Unusual related angles will stand out.
  • Avoiding to distract the reader. You need a picture focused on the message.
  • Caring about quality. The poor quality of the picture could tell that you don’t care.