Get off your butt and do the one most important marketing thing that can give your books a huge boost. That’s the sort of advice I’ve given myself for years but have I listened? No – in one ear and out the other. Why? The answer to that question might require deep psychoanalysis.
It’s not something that I personally put much time into – one of my deficiencies as an author. It’s hard for me to ask people for their time. However, as this article points out, there are many reviewers who don’t get paid for their reviews and there is nothing of monetary value for them to read an author’s book other than that they love to read books.
It seems to me that, if you can find great reviewers among that crowd, then that may be just the thing your book needs to connect to more readers. There are so many questions that surround my efforts or lack thereof to find fair and competent reviewers so I usually ignore the whole reviewer thing – focusing my attention elsewhere even though I know reviews are critical to an author’s success.
Soon, I’ll try to post a poll to see if we can garner some best practices regarding the reviewer/author relationship and how people find reviewers who are not simply retained as a ‘shot-in-the-dark’ connection.
Here is a link to an article by Being Author that I found in my inbox today which has some good advice for getting those all-important books reviews that can make or break your sales, according to the author.
Book Blogger Confessions: Tips for Indie Authors
Guidelines to follow when dealing with book reviewers.
Please comment on your own experiences with book reviewers, how you get reviews (word of mouth recommendations, book reviewer lists, etc.). Happy writing!
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