Why Readers Aren’t Reviewing Your Books – Written By Sandra Beckwith

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.

To continue reading this blog post, go to:

https://buildbookbuzz.com/why-readers-arent-reviewing-your-books/

Amazon Reviews, An Update – Written By Nicholas Rossis

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.

 

To read the entire article, please go to:

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/amazon-reviews-an-update/

 

Book Marketing – And Why It’s Very Important To Me Right Now

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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!


 

The CreateSpace to KDP Print Migration: Issues to Watch for – Written By Melinda Clayton

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.

To read the full article, click here:

https://www.indiesunlimited.com/2018/11/06/the-createspace-to-kdp-print-migration-issues-to-watch-for/

The Best 12 Free Grammar Check And Grammar Corrector Apps – Written By Derek Haines

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.

To read the entire blog post, click here:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/the-best-12-free-grammar-check-and-grammar-corrector-apps/

How To Spend Your Vacation Writing

I generally do whatever I can to use my free time to write. The very best time is my vacation. Tons of free time and “nothing” else to do. Yes, of course, there’s the usually shopping trip. Meeting friends, book fairs, a few meetings, a little bit of sightseeing, if necessary, but normally I spend my vacation time with my Californian Mom, my sister… you get the point. Places where I can relax and concentrate on my books and stories.

Once again I was lucky enough to have had a home for three weeks, where I had nearly nothing to do than to shop, type, and write.

I could concentrate on the current book – number seven in the series, where I got stuck while being at home. No matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get forward with the story. I had an idea and it didn’t work. I wanted to write about a conversation between two characters and it didn’t make sense, not even to me.

As soon as I was gone, decently relaxed and had peace and silence around me (two dogs, four cats, a handful of birds and a guinea pig, my pen touched the paper and wrote.

I mentioned this before, and it once again proved right with me: I cannot write a good story (or part of it) when I’m stressed out or unhappy. Hemingway wrote his best books when he was weeping over his life and/or drunk. Not working with me.

I’m very happy my work made this good progress during this vacation, even more since the first book of the series got its copyright and is currently prepared to be published.

I’m so very excited!

Thank you all who have worked on this with me.

This vacation was successful for me, even though I was “just hanging out”! It’s been calm, quiet, helpful, reducing stress and homey too!

Thanks to my sister and my brother-in-law who hosted me during all this time!! You rock!!

 

4th Halloween Poem Contest – And The Winners Are…

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The jury has decided!

Today I’m writing representing the Jury of the 4th Halloween Poem Contest 2018.

The winners of the contest are:

Collen M. Chesebro with “Samhain’s Song – Etheree, Double Etheree, Etheree”
Billy Campbell with “Happy Halloween”
M. A. Cortez with “The Curse Of Night”

(The winners are listed in order of their submissions)

Thank you so much for your amazing poems, winners! You will get an email today.
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Our three winners of the contest can choose one of the offered e-books.

E-Books-set of “A Father’s Protection” and “An Elf, A Dragon And a God’s Intervention“, written by K. M. Jenkins
E-book of “Angelic Confessions” written by Jan Marie
E-books-set of “Journey to Aviad” and “Ancient Voices: Into The Depths” written by Allison D. Reid

CONGRATULATIONS!

It was a difficult decision for the jury. But we had a lot of fun and wanted to thank all poets for their wonderful poems.
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Thank you, K. M. Jenkins and Jan Marie for their jury work and offering one of their books to the winners – and of course to Allison D. Reid who offered her books to pick from as well. I appreciate your help and support!