In today's Beginners Self-Publishing Podcast: launching reviews. Selling books can be a tough gig for authors who are yet to attract an audience. When you’re unknown, you need reviews to get sales. But you also need sales to get reviews. Thankfully, there are ways to break out of this vicious cycle. In this episode, ALLi’s Product Marketing Manager Dan Parsons and Campaigns Manager Melissa Addey discuss a few time-tested ways authors with no contacts and a shoestring budget can accumulate early reviews, including strategies to maximize both their quantity and quality.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about How important are reviews for a book?
How do I write in multiple genres? That is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Member Q&A hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and fantasy novels as well as author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross.
On the ALLi Twitter chat (#indieAuthorChat) this week we asked questions about Getting Book Reviews with Dale L. Roberts
Arguably, when you publish a new book, gaining reviews is a key book-marketing activity; possibly the most important of all marketing tasks. But it's hard, and the rules about what you can and can't do constantly change. This is the ultimate guide to getting book reviews.
A one star review is always difficult to see, but it's also a right of passage. You only have to look at Stephen King or J.K. Rowling's reviews to know that no author gets away with five star reviews forever. The odd one star review is manageable. But what happens when readers rebel? Eliza Green, ALLi author member, looks at the latest Patricia Cornwell novel, Quantum, and the shocking response it received on publication.
One of the highlights of my day is learning something useful from the indie author community, and passing that along to other authors. With that in mind, here are seven of my favorite tips that permanently changed the way I publish on Amazon's KDP.
Bogota Book Fair opens its doors to indies, StreeLib opens 20 new portals & there are new offerings from Smashwords and Draft2Digital.
Are you worried that book reviews aren't coming in as quickly as you'd like? Read this checklist of 15 things you can do to build up reviews and see if you are missing any tricks! Compiled from the ALLi Hive wisdom.
Frustrated by concerns about Amazon's reviews process? Take heart from this post updating you on ALLi's consultations with Amazon, and Barry Faulkner's reality check on readers' attitudes.
Ask any author's group when you should pay for reviews, and the answer will usually be a resounding "NEVER!"But is that true?That depends on what type of review is involved, and how those reviews are obtained.
Here's one reason why it may seem harder to get Amazon reviews these days: the startling removal of reviews and reviewers for no apparent reason, as Kate McCormick's personal story illustrates.