Happy Thursday, everyone! Welcome to day one of the insanity! Over the next twelve days, I'll be offering Indie authors the chance to sell me their books and I'll be giving away some awesome prizes to boot. What are the prizes? See this post. Today I'm gonna take a moment to outline just what you get when you receive a review by yours truly. I know I hype it up and all that, but it's worth it. Grab a cup of coffee and join me!
First, I always buy the book I'm reviewing. It's just good manners. I've had many Indies offer to give me copies for review, but then I feel like a louse if I can't finish them for one reason or another (usually bad writing or formatting is the issue). So, I buy them myself. Booyah! Sale for you.
There's one thing you don't get from a lot of reviewers, eh? Every single one I've seen wants you to send them a copy of the book for review. But what does that get you? Well, when they post that review to Amazon, it gets you nothing but words and stars. If your reviewer buys your book, it's shown as an Amazon verified purchase. Score!
In addition to the review showing shoppers I've actually read your book, I start by telling the customer why I picked up the book, where I got it, and sometimes say a little word about the cover art, and then break the review into three parts: 1. From a Reader's Perspective - This is where I tell them about the good, bad, and ugly plot points and character aspects. 2. From an Editor's Perspective - In this section, I outline where the book could use a little work if it needs it and what I liked and disliked about the structure, grammar, and punctuation. 3. Rating - I break the star rating down so they can see I'm not blowing smoke. I then go on to say who might like the book. I do NOT go on and on with filler about the plot, they can get that from the description. I never post spoilers.
I've read books in every single genre on the planet. Yes, really. I enjoy most of them. So don't be shy no matter what you write. I get into books that are well written. Next week, I'll be listing some of my favorite reads of 2013 during this contest. So, you'll see the wide range of stuff I've read and liked.
Where I post reviews:
Everywhere I can find your book. Goodreads, B&N, and Amazon are my top three. But wait! It gets better! I also curate a review magazine on Flipboard that has over 300 regular readers and has enjoyed over 6500 shares of articles I include. My review also goes in there. Keep reading, there's more! Yes, really! I post to two blogs. This one and one over on Tumblr. Each has at least 100 followers (this one has more) and I have a huge list of people who subscribe by e-mail. Add to that, I'll be pinning your book covers with a link to the Amazon page over on Pinterest. At the end of the year, I'll be making a YouTube video (with awesome music) highlighting my favorite reads as well as recapping here on the blog. I also have a large number of people on Goodreads who follow my reviews. So, you get plenty of bang.
Why does this matter?
Because I market your review to the people who read books. I make it really easy for them to buy your book by linking things. That market is those who are hungry for something new and exciting. People looking to snag the next great unknown author. I've spent a lot of time building trust with my readers and most of them love me. You should see the fan mail. :)
So, now that you know how all this is going to help you, I bet you're asking what's in it for me, right? I would be. If you aren't, you might want to think about why...
I'm getting to know new authors, building relationships, and becoming a recognized authority on what's good and what sucks in the literary world. So, yes, there's something in it for me. Hey, at least I'm honest!
Without further ado, let's move on to the Rafflecopter widget for your Day 1 entry. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
**Kindly remember, there's no guarantee your book will be reviewed by me. You will get
a purchase if your sample interests me, and I'll try my best to read it. But if I find I
can't give it more than 2 stars, I won't write the review. Last year, I
had a few I couldn't finish and it led to me not giving a review.**
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!