Of course, I cannot resist to re-blog The Story Reading Ape’s hilarious Monday Funnies. Thanks so much, Chris!
Why do you think readers are’t reviewing our books? Sandra Beckwith on Build Book Buzz knows the reason. Read here about it. Thank you for your hard work Sandra.
When my first book was published in the dark ages – the 1990s – I didn’t have to think about online reader reviews.
Amazon was only starting to sell books when WHY CAN’T A MAN BE MORE LIKE A WOMAN? was released in the spring of 1995; Barnes and Noble was still a strictly bricks and mortar business.
That meant that reader reviews came in the form of good, old-fashioned, word-of-mouth recommendations among friends. If you liked a book, you told someone: “You will love this book.”
It was a pretty simple process.
Reader reviews have power
In today’s publishing environment where the Internet lets us recommend books to anyone, online reader reviews have become powerful and influential. In fact, most readers rely on them to make purchasing decisions.
Whether they should or shouldn’t doesn’t matter. The fact is that they do.
This can be frustrating. Unless you’re at the same level as authors who are household names — think John Grisham, Jodi Piccoult, Carl Bernstein — you probably struggle to get reviews.
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Thank you for your insight on Amazon Reviews, Nicholas. Your knowledge is helping us all a lot! We really appreciate your hard work!
I often write about Amazon reviews, as it is one of the most important aspects of marketing for many people and Amazon seems to keep changing the rules!
Now, Amy Collins of The Book Designer published an update in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. I’m sharing here the most common ones:
Can Anyone post a review on Amazon?
To contribute to Customer Reviews, you must have spent at least $50 on Amazon.com using a valid credit or debit card in the past 12 months. Promotional discounts don’t qualify towards the $50 minimum.
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Thank you so very much The Book Designer Blog Joel Friedlander and Nate Hoffelder for this very informative blog post about our CreateSpace Author Accounts being endangered!
By Nate Hoffelder
We’ve been contacted by a couple of our readers who have, unfortunately, had their Createspace accounts hacked, and we felt this was something you all needed to be aware of. We are pleased to provide this guest post by Nate Hoffelder on the topic. If you have a Createspace account, you will definitely want to read this.
Authors who have an account on Createspace should go change their passwords immediately — and while they’re at it, they should also double check their payment details.
Reports of Hacking
This story has for the most part been ignored by the press, but starting sometime in March or April 2018, hackers began to target author accounts on Createspace.
I have read multiple independent reports in several closed Facebook groups, Reddit, and on Kbaords dated in April, June, July, August, and as late as the first week of November from authors who say that someone hacked their CS account.
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Right now, with the first book of my series about to be published, I’m keen to read about good marketing tips and tricks. This week I found many really helpful blog posts and articles covering this topic.
First I want to thank The Story Reading Ape for his amazing blog where posts like these can be found.
Last week I found the following educational, helpful and very informative blog posts:
Ari Meghlen: How to get the most out of your Calls To Action
Chris McMullen: Amazon Is A Dynamic Marketing Environment
Joel Friedlander: Have You Pre-Sold Your Book?
Frances Caballo: Every Author Needs Visual Marketing
Each one of these blog posts has taught me a lot and I want to thank Ari, Chris, Joel, and Frances for all their work to help us, beginners!
Thanks for all your support!
Melinda Clayton gives us an insight on the CreateSpace to KDP Print Migration and what we need to keep an eye on. Thank you very much, Melinda.
The indie publishing world has been abuzz since authors received an email from CreateSpace stating CreateSpace would be closing and KDP Print would take its place.
Some authors have been greeted with a pop-up on CreateSpace that tells them they can move their entire catalog with one click. Other authors haven’t yet received the pop-up but should soon, since CreateSpace said the option would be rolled out slowly over the next few weeks. If you don’t yet have the pop-up, don’t worry; CreateSpace has said within a few weeks, if an author hasn’t moved books from one account to the other, CreateSpace will do it for us.
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Derek Haines provides us with the 12 best free Grammar Check and Grammar Correction Apps. Thanks so much, Derek. We really appreciate your work!
Here are 12 of the best free grammar check and grammar corrector tools for you to try
We are all writing so much now and for so many different reasons.
Bu no matter what level your writing skills are, an online grammar check is the easiest way to correct your grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Word processors such as Microsoft Word do a very poor job. They can only perform a simplistic spell check and rarely find anything more than the most basic grammatical errors.
There are many online grammar checking tools that do a much better job of offering you suggested corrections. Some even give you an explanation or examples of grammatical rules.