A Book Review Introduction by Barbara Ann Cerda
One of the most important marketing tools for any author is getting word of mouth attention. I have learned that there are many gifted unnoticed wordsmiths.
While immersing myself in book reviews this pass month the thought occurred to offer free reviews to my book marketing pack.
Lots of friendly professional reviews are needful. Book chatter is essential to survival. Goodreads and Amazon ePublishing thrive on word of mouth traffic and chat groups. Proficient book reviews draw attention.
I currently post 350 to 400 word count reviews on:
Barnes and Noble
Coming soon Netgalley
The entire above share Twitter links
I have created Paper.il newsletter, WordPress Blog, Book Review Spreadsheet and Calendar. The newsletter will present updated blog content and will email daily to subscribers. The front page will include daily updated book reviews and social news about publishing and anything wordsmithing.
The spreadsheets will track the following in this way:
• A tab for each of your websites (color coded for easier ID)
• Under your individual tab will be listed your author and book title.
• All links that pertain to the work
• Dates requests submitted and review due date
• The calendar is just a handy way of viewing the month’s activity (also colored coded).
As information gets organized, I will also post links to free book reviewers.
The thing is we can be most useful to our authors by driving traffic to your websites and blogs. Favorable reviews will help in achieving that.
This is NOT a marketing proposal on your websites and blogs for me. So an email or open letter to authors, publishers, and bloggers explaining the free service will suffice.
But I cannot accept rush reviews or ARCs, placing them ahead in the cue, without charging a nominal fee.
I will accept most genres. Because of other commitments, there will be a 2 to 3 month delivery on reviews and no books over 400 pages. I currently review for Netgalley and Alpha Book Club.
The author or publisher is responsible for delivery of copy formatted in Kindle MOBI, MSWord, or PDF. Books submitted for review must have a Goodreads and Amazon account. Submission request can come to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for now, until I figure out where best to place a submission form.
Keeping this simple is important and I’d be grateful for any input.