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Reviews Wanted: An Author's Guide to Effective Networking with Book Bloggers Kindle Edition
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It covers topics such as identifying your genre and your audience, the importance of choosing or creating a meaningful and attention-getting cover, well-written marketing copy, the importance of a professional author website, and other things, even before contacting book bloggers.
Kasey also helps the reader-author choose the 'right' book bloggers to market their book to, to prevent confusion, wasted time, and possible bad reviews. She discusses pitfalls and warning signs in reviewers, to help you avoid pain and loss in your review process. She covers researching the bloggers, the review site, and the importance of following the blogger's guidelines, how to craft a good submission email, and how to build the all-important relationship with a blogger.
Because frankly, if the blogger liked your book but you didn't follow the rules, came across as rude or unthankful, chances are they will give your next submission a pass. Conversely, if you are professional and build rapport with the blogger, chances are they will be much more likely to review your next book as well.
This is a well-written 'fireside chat' with a book reviewer for predominantly indie and small press authors. It covers, from stem to stern, the basics for getting your book reviewed, and getting those reviews posted where it counts.
From my perspective as a reviewer, I'd love for submitters to read it simply because it will ease the process. And help the authors understand the issues behind getting their novel reviewed.
I was given a free copy by the author for an honest review.
First Kasey Giard talks about what you need to do before you even begin approaching reviewers. You need to be very clear about your specific genre and audience. You also need to prepare a comprehensive marketing package -- because you in essence marketing your book to each and every blogger you approach.
Next, Giard leads you thorough the process of approaching your short list of reviewers. How to make contact and the information they need. She includes a way to track everything -- who you contacted, when and the results.
And finally, there is a chapter on a topic I've not often seen in any of the other how-to-get-reviews books I've read -- cultivating and nurturing on-going relationships with your reviewers. I'd pay the full price of the book for this information and perspective alone!
If you want more reviews for your book(s) you simply MUST add "Reviews Wanted" to your library.
I traditionally published my first novel nine years ago and have had the blessing since that time of selling my books in both traditional and self-published markets and developing an editing business. Kasey Girard's "Reviews Wanted" gave me just the refresher course I needed to modernize my thinking!
Kasey has a strong writer's voice and doesn't beat around the bush about the tough road ahead for would-be writers, yet she sets the tone in Chapter 1: I am your friend. I want you to succeed. Kasey then proceeds, in Chapters 2 through 4, to outline a business plan to get your books in the hands of those who can trumpet them to the world.
Not only does Kasey's book help you succeed with book bloggers, she offers tips for setting up your website, or in my case, filling in the cracks that come with age on that once-stellar www.com. I've already shared Kasey's link with one client and have another in mind.
For $2.99, writers, this is a great investment in your stories, your message...your life!