Library Thing Giveaway for Reviews

Library Thing is just like Goodreads and does have a giveaway.  You can find how to set one up here.

If you are having problems getting reviews, this could help you get them.  Also I would only use giveaways like this if you can’t get reviews, your reviews overall are good and you want to boost yourself on yet another site.

You don’t want to boost reviews, if you are getting bad reviews on your current book.  It doesn’t mean you have to take your book off the market but I would wait until you either fix the current one or release your next one.  This way you are boosting reviews to a book which the readers are going to like and think it was worth their time.

Always looking for new ways to promote

Terra Ann Spencer

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Lists and Lists of Newspapers, Magazines, Blogs for Reviews and general stuff

I was helping someone else who wanted to get lists of newspapers and magazines to send out advance copies for review.  I had no idea there were lists out there like this.  I do not know if any of the places listed review ebooks.  Again as always contact the person or place and see what they review and their submission rules are for their site.

This is what I found and not all the lists are made for reviews but I think it might be helpful to bookmark all of them for reference reasons.  I know I did.

First up is a little site called DMOZ.   It is a list of review places for literature.  It also says it was updated Jan 2015.  YAY.  The only down side is it’s a short list.  DMOZ Site

Next Up is a place for Book Review Magazines.  Not a long list and last updated 2013.  Not sure the links work but here it is for your reference and needs.  Book Review Magazines Site

This one is a great overall site list of blogs, book reviews, small bookstores and more.  Huge list.  I have no way of knowing the last time it was updated as there is no date anywhere on the page.   Huge List Site

The next one, Book Market, is a big list and it lists the last time each entry was updated.  Great until you realize some were updated last in 2009.  Still a big list and if you have the time to check it out, could be well worth it.   Book Market Site

The last one isn’t that big and is from 2011.  I like it though it’s newspapers from around the US.  Newspapers List Site

I believe the newspapers covered in all these were US only.  If you happen to know of a list for a country outside the US and would like me to add it here, please post in the comments or send me an email at terranightangel@yahoo.com

Tired of looking at Lists

Terra Ann Spencer

Book Daily: another place for your novel

Yes, one way to get word of mouth going for your novel is to saturate the market without spamming and begging people to buy your book.

A great way to do this is by making sure you’re everywhere online you could possible list, have an author page or do anything with your novel.

Today is about Book Daily.

Now there is no way to know if this site gets much traffic but listing your book here for FREE isn’t about traffic in the millions.  It’s about listing your book with your info and where to buy your novel on another site.  You might only get a handful of readers but every reader is one more than you had yesterday.

If having your novel listed here gets ten readers to see you and one to read your book, you just did more than not listing it would do for you.

BUZZZZ.

Trying to find every place possible online to one day create a buzz for this never-ending novel

Terra Ann Spencer

The Review

I was reading about book reviews from the standard pay up front for one review you can use over and over to the guy who will do you up hundreds of reviews.

First I don’t like reviews you pay for in any form.

The one site like Blueink where you pay as little as $395 doesn’t mean anyone is going to think their review is worth something over another paid site.  Granted Blueink does say it will send their review of your book to other places like agents and publishing companies.  Blueink also does not guarantee your review will be a good one.  I only don’t like this kind of review because I don’t believe it impacts readers the way it use to in let’s say 1950.  Consumers today have much more access to complaint sites and word of mouth spread via the internet which renders these kind of reviews almost pointless.

The guy who you pay for fake reviews is not worth it either.  Granted it may cause a buzz about your current book but if a reader gets sucked in and buys it, it won’t mean future sales on your next book.  You might do overall better than an author who doesn’t market but you won’t do better than the author who puts the energy and time into their book.  An author who works hard to write it, market it truthfully and doesn’t give up will one day find the sales and readers who will buy the next book and the next one.

Maybe one day the review system will make sense and be worth it

Terra Ann Spencer

Bookbub

An awesome site for readers to get the latest discount on the book they really wanted to read.  It helps the reader get these deals by informing them when a short sale or promotion is going on at the dealer like Amazon.

How is this great for the author?

Well, after a bit of a jump through the hoops by setting myself up as a reader to the site, I did find out some information every author thinking of using Bookbub should be aware of before hand.

There are two pages you must read on their site.  One is for minimum requirements when thinking of submitting a book for an ad and the other is submission tips.  I didn’t link these pages here because you have to set up your email and password to get into the site.  It wasn’t hard to find these so I think you should with a little searching find them easily on your own.

After deciding if you meet their requirements and tips, you get to look at the pricing.  I did like this part.  Instead of a flat fee for a novel.  Bookbub has broken it into genres costs. This means a sci-fi won’t cost the same as a thriller.  This is because certain types don’t sell the same as certain other types of novels.  Another thing is it seems to be set up on how much you sell and how big the discount on your book is at the time you did the ad.  Now after that it gets confusing to me and if you’re not sure contact Bookbub for more information.

There is a ‘How to’ and ‘FAQ’ sections in the promoting area.  I suggest readings these as well.

Hoping Bookbub works and keeps the price down for authors

Terra Ann Spencer