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I am in a few different writer’s groups online. It does not matter how many times we all talk about the importance of integrity (especially among Self-Published and Small Press authors) or honest reviews. Every once in a while someone will still pop up with “I’m looking for only 5 Star reviews” in a thread. It is aggravating and disheartening. And it does not matter how many times the rest of us call these people out on this practice. People still pop up and do it.
I’ve touch on the importance of reviews and feedback before. I want to come back to this, though, because for independent authors, I cannot stress enough just how big of a deal reviews, feedback, and sharing are.
Independently publishing a book is more than just hitting submit on Amazon or Smashwords and waiting for sales to come in. Thousands of books are self-published every day. Your new release is going to get lost in the shuffle quickly, so as an independent author, you have to not only write the work, possibly edit the work yourself, and submit it to your platform of choice, you also have to promote it and advertise it. You have to see out reviewers.
And sometimes, you have to remind people who have read your book to share their thoughts.
For consumers, the importance of reviews is pretty simple. It tells you what to expect and gives you an idea if what you are about to get is worth while. For example, when my husband bought me Doctor Who DVDs for Christmas, we quickly learned, Christmas Day, that we could not play them on the DVD player because he purchased them through Amazon UK, not Amazon USA. I got online and searched through reviews of different region-less DVD players until I found one that, by the reviews listed, appeared to be what I needed. And when it turned out to be so and to reliably play my DVDs, I was sure to share that feedback as well.
For independent authors, however, reviews are much more.
So, The Shulim Cycle Book of Dahlia is up for free today and tomorrow (8/5 and 8/6) on Amazon..
Why only two days?
Well, this is going to be the last KDP promotion for the novel. By the end of this week, once my current KDP is up, I’ll also be on Smashwords. The reason being, I can manage coupons and what-not better there.
So, if you have not had a chance to grab the book, here’s your chance to get it free.
If you have, please share a review on Amazon.
Well… a few reasons.
It will help other readers determine if they want to buy my book once the free promotion ends. It helps me get feedback for what works and does not in the book, so that I understand what my readers are actually getting out of the book. And finally … because a lot of avenues for promoting e-books want you to already have reviews on Amazon. I have a few great reviews, but I don’t have enough of them. So please, share your thoughts on the book on Amazon. While your at it, be sure to share a few thoughts about other indie-books you’ve read.
Thank you and good reading.
If you’ve been following me a bit, or if you’re new and have checked out my previous posts, you will recall my discussion about File Sharing.
At the time, I had found my book on a download site, in full and for free. I was bothered by this because I was struggling to get sales for my book. Having a site offering it in whole for free, well … that was a bit discouraging. At the time, I had one or two friends urging me not to get too upset by it. It wasn’t, they argued, necessarily a bad thing. Sure, I would get no money for the downloads. It was also exposure.
I still maintain: you really should not put the works of Indie Authors up on free-download sites. It really does take money out of our pockets – especially now that Amazon is starting to pay its authors without a minimum threshold (note: I’ve moved my stuff solely to Amazon for this very reason … … HINT HINT Smashwords). If you’re considering how to share a great book with your friends on line, link to the place to buy it.
This was essentially one response I received earlier this fall. Too many vampire books on the market, and they just didn’t think they’d find a place for mine.
That is just … frustrating to be honest. I can’t go into a bookstore without finding yet another release of a vampire-related book. Let’s not even get into the latest fare of vampire-related TV shows and movies. I listen to people around me talk about the cycle of vampires, and how its going down, but I don’t see that. Hell, even Vampire: the Masquerade is getting a resurgence.
You might feel that there are too many vampire books on the market, but don’t tell me that publishers aren’t buying them and churning them out. No, better feedback is needed. Publishers are churning out the material, so don’t tell me there is not a market. Instead either tell me you’re trying to get out/not wanting to get into the vampire story market or tell me what it is about my story that makes you think it doesn’t work for the market.
But don’t feed me a line. I’m writing to agents, not spin alley.
If you read my Facebook, you’ll know this. I’m on Webook. I had high hopes for it. I found it because an Agent I submitted to included information about it on their submission page. I thought “Hey! This might be a good way to get exposure for my work, maybe help find an agent.”
It doesn’t appear that the site is very active and as of yet, there’s actually been less response from their Agency Submission tool that what I get doing it myself.