Are You an Indie Author? Here’s How to Get Your Book Reviewed

There are seemingly already enough obstacles to becoming published as an indie author, so it’s understandable that getting reviews may seem like adding another challenge. Reviews help set your published work apart from others because they help give it legitimacy. Though this is not an exhaustive list, mentioned here are some effective ways to help you receive reviews for your published work.

Use Your Own Website

When you have your own website, you can control what content you do and do not have on it. You can provide digital downloads of your books and either sell copies at a discounted price that is determined by you, or you can give away copies for free. The great part about having your own website is that by investing a little money in a domain name and using a turnkey program like WordPress, you can be online within a day and distributing your book all over the world. You can also be a guest blogger on other sites and link back to your author page.

Look to Relevant Influencers

Ask for an honest review of your book from someone who is at least fairly well-known and whose opinion is respected. 80% of consumers trust online reviews, and if they’re already following an influencer they admire, chances are they’re going to trust their opinion on your book. Use this trick to help validate your book with a review that your readers will likely take seriously. Publishers do this by getting reviews from other authors that readers love and respect. You can try to start there as well.

Give Away Free Copies

Sometimes you have to essentially buy reviews for your book by giving away free copies in exchange for an endorsement of your latest work. Though from a money standpoint it may seem like you have earned negative income by forking over a certain number of copies, you have in fact enabled other readers who are otherwise interested but not sure to go ahead and spend the money for a copy of your book. Think of this in much the same way as many popular brands giving away free product to consumers and thereby turn guinea pigs into the pied pipers who bring loyal readers marching to your online presence.

Pre-Sell Your Book

Sometimes you need to run a pre-sale opportunity to launch your book, and this can end up working in your favor because you have a chance to validate interest in your book before you commit fully to writing it. This gives you an opportunity to solicit ideas and feedback from your early bird participants to write the book they want to read and thereby receive the glowing reviews necessary to keep your book ratings high. To best implement this, you will need to run the pre-sale for a short time. Two weeks is common. It is a good idea to collect email addresses in the process. This allows you to keep contacting your list contacts to achieve a high conversion rate. Be firm about the cutoff for the pre-sale out of respect to those who took advantage of it.

With some creative thinking, you can achieve your dream of being a published author. For some, this will bring legitimacy to your writing talents. Getting started always seems to be the most challenging part. If you give it an honest try, though, you can achieve great success as an author. You have chance to differentiate yourself from others who have self published by taking extra steps to obtain reviews of your work. This is a good way to increase your chances of being successful when you publish.

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Now Utilizing Book Ratings!

It all started with a comment from my wife who was going through Amazon. She was looking for a book for our boys and was a bit irritated that we couldn’t get an idea and that we should have ratings like fan fiction websites do. I thought it was a brilliant idea and decided to do some research and found fictionratings.com.

They have an MPAA like system that was pretty self-explanatory though most of the website was a single page. As I have wanted a rating system for my books so people know what they are getting into, I have decided to adopt the fiction rating system on my website.

For all the books, you will now be able to find out where they are sitting before you pick them up!

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Yep…Creativity has a limit and I found it.

I had a strange and ill feeling when I finished The Bastion at the Edge of the Universe, and I did not like what it boded. I remember putting together the last of the Ebook, staring at the screen as it uploaded to Draft2Digital and said to myself. “I’m burnt out.”

There. I said it. Words that, once spoke, make me exhausted and sick feeling. I feel like every ounce of creativity has been drained and then some. It had gotten so rough that I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the next story and even begin typing. This blog is a struggle to get done.

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The Bastion at the Edge of the Universe – Released!

Gosh, I love to write.

I also know that I’m stating the obvious but as I sit back and look at the new novella I release, I can’t say that I don’t enjoy the satisfaction of going from 0 to complete. There is just something about seeing my work out there and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

That being said, I am happy to announce the release of The Bastion at the Edge of The Universe, a pulp influenced story that I started back in 2014 on the now-defunct Jukepop series website and finally got completed (cause the story needed to be completed).

You can, of course, find them in their usual spot through the universal book link or on smashwords.com.

I would love to hear your input even if you don’t like it. I can’t improve unless I get feedback and even if you read it and don’t say anything, I appreciate you taking the time to download it.

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A Simple Guide: Bitcoin – Released!

A Simple Guide: Bitcoin

I love computers, anyone who knows me can attest to that. With my first initial introduction to bitcoin back in 2015, I decided to take my experience and write a simple guide to Bitcoin and how it actually works.

 

So, I am happy to introduce to you A Simple Guide: Bitcoin.

The purpose of this book is not to teach you how to get rich quick or give you a technical breakdown of the entire bitcoin exchange and market but to provide you a simple and easy-to-read introduction to the entire concept. I cover multiple things from the dangers of bitcoin to how it actually works (without the complicated cryptographic algorithms).

Interested? Why not grab a copy then! If you want to keep up with other works that I’ve done or future projects, you can do so by joining my spam-free newsletter that comes out once a month.

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Goodbye Smashwords, I’m through.

My new book Jassik Creed & The Meek Prince will be the last book I will be uploading to Smashwords.com. This tickled the back of my mind for a while, but after several infuriating attempts to get my book on to their market, I’m fed up with them and will no longer be using their services. Let me explain.

I will also be discussing a different platform that I am going to, and it might sound like product placement, but it isn’t. I’m seriously pissed with the struggle I have gone through.

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The Indie Author #4 – Amazon KDP, it’s a Trap!

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Also, I talk about a company called Draft 2 Digital. If you want to know more or sign up, you can do so through this link.










Brainwalker (2016) Review

BrainwalkerBrainwalker by Robyn Mundell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first thing that jumped out to me about Brainwalker was the cover. I actually went back to it a few times in my twitter feed before I decided to try it. I can say that Iwas pretty surprised about the content.

One of the hardest things about writing a story that is meant to teach or show something is avoiding the dreaded “preachy” feeling. Robyn Mundell and Stephan Lacast were able to accomplish it beautiful!

The story was intriguing and the pacing sound. I only struggled with some of the technical stuff a bit but it barely detracted from the story. I would recommend any young adult reader (or adult reader) to try this book out and see what they can learn about it!

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Mother, the Reason I am an Author.

Mother reading to her childI am a momma’s boy. I’m proud of it and tell everyone who asks. Honestly, I’m not sure why that’s considered an insult. When it comes to my mother, I would not be a writer if it was not for her.

For the past few weeks, my wife and I have been talking about things from our childhood that have made us who we are today. The books we’ve read that changed our outlook on life and even our tastes.

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