Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Getting Book Reviews UPDATE!

I wanted to talk a bit about getting book reviews today. It seems they are getting tougher to get, at least for some genre's like Christian fiction. That being said, I did receive a fine review yesterday for The Feast: A Parable of the Ring, book two in the parable series.

You can find the review here. This is the second time I have been reviewed by Mareena at Emeraldfire's Bookmark. You'll also want to check the review I received today on Virginia Ripple's blog for Marketing Your Book on a Budget as well as the one recently posted on Amazon.   

Here's another review for Marketing Your Book on a Budget:

This is an excellent guidebook for a budding author, and loaded with many great tips for getting your book where it belongs: in front of readers! Finally, a clear and concise resource that will get you off the ground as an author. ~Lou Farris

The good news about reviewers who've enjoyed a previous book you've written, is that you will more than likely get them as a taker on the next book. But this isn't always the case. Reviewers are getting busier by the minute because authors have discovered that not only can they receive great FREE reviews online, but they don't necessarily have to worry over not getting those sought after reviews that often came from places like Kirkus or The New York Times.

Like getting on television or on a local radio station, it just doesn't make sense for a writer to stress about places they will probably not be able to market their book (at least at first), and instead, focus on those avenue's that will help them get the word out.

That's why I love blog reviewers. They are book readers, and many of them, though not in the business to write 'professional' reviews in magazines and newspapers, will do a right fine review of your book on their blog and even pass that review along to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

In my newly revised book, Marketing Your Book on a Budget, there is an entire first chapter dedicated to getting reviews from bloggers. You may want to pick it up either in eBook or paperback format to learn more about the people and places that hunger for your specific type of book.

Until then, remember that reviews (in my humble opinion) next to interviews, are the most important way to get the word out about your book, so it makes sense to dedicate some quality time to the project.

I wish you luck!


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