Over the last few years I have slowly started to get the hang of social media and self-promotion.
When I self-published my first book, I was on Facebook to connect with my grownup kids and my friends. Other than that, I didn’t have a clue. Now I have two Facebook Pages, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, GoodReads, Shelfari and who knows what else!
I’ve just launched my fourth book, and tried out some new things. There are lots more things to try as I market my books. The most important one, I have discovered, is book reviews. On Amazon, all my books have only a handful of reviews between them.
If you stumble across a book that might be good, what do you do? Look it up on Amazon, right? You read the blurb, and then you look at the reviews. What they say, and how many there are. My books may be great (well, I think they are), but no one will believe it without reviews.
I have sold hundreds of print books locally and people tell me how much they like them, but print readers do not spontaneously log onto the internet and leave reviews. So I am starting a campaign to ask people to review my books. Honest reviews.
I have PDF copies of all my books. I will give a free copy to anyone in return for an honest review on Amazon. Email amt(dot)tetelestai(at)gmail(dot)com with Review Copy in the Subject line and say which book you want:
Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth
Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John
The Magna Carta Story: The Layman’s Guide to the Great Charter
My Stroke of Inspiration
It’s not a big commitment: The three history books are each about 10,000 words, and the last book is 22 poems. Thank you in advance.
My science fiction novel, Intruders, will need beta readers soon, and I will be asking them to review the book as well, so I have some reviews as soon as it’s published. But you will have the opportunity of a free PDF copy too, if you’d like to review it when the time comes.