Reviews for Authors

shriekweekMy cozy mystery novella has been languishing in the Amazon doldrums since the excitement of its first release faded.

At its best, it reached the Top 100 listing for cozy mystery in Amazon Australia. Now we are around the bottom of the listings–at 1,800,007 in the US, where it has no reviews, and at 501,660 in the UK where it has six 4 and 5 star reviews.

As an experiment, I am now researching and starting to use free review sites in the hope of gleaning more interest.

So far on my list, I have found:
The Wall ofP1010037 Books

My first request is going out to Dan Poynter’s ParaPublishing Marketplace. I’ve read his helpful newsletters for years and found some great books to review there so fingers crossed.

The link will also take you to the archive of past newsletters so you can see examples of review requests and find out how to make one.

The review process is easy–simply send an email with book details and a cover pic and the review request appears in the next newsletter.

I am experimenting using The Wall of Books. Disappointingly no-one seems to be adding reviews to the books listed there but at least it’s more visibility and another chance for Google to see the book mentioned and so post it higher on listings—well, that’s the hope. Watch this space.


Blogging from A to Z

April A-Z Challenge
April A-Z Challenge

The A to Z Challenge takes place in April. It’s a great way for bloggers new and old to raise their game, attract new readers and learn lots from other experts in their field.

Every day in April, except Sundays–we do get one day a week off–you post a blog article whose title begins with a letter of the alphabet A to Z so 26 posts in all.

After that you visit five other blogs on the list and leave a comment. That way you make new friends and find more followers.

You don’t need to choose a theme but I find it more fun and easier to do. I managed to reach G or H last time but have now learned from my mistakes. So I’ve signed up and am preparing as from now.

I have just over a month to:

  1. Choose a theme
  2. Draft and schedule April posts.
  3. Source pix.
  4. Add banner to blog
  5. Keep up to date with what’s going on.

And when the Challenge really gets going, I shall

  1. Post my theme on March 23
  2. Keep my blog posts short. Remember everyone is reading five a day.
  3. Make posts useful and helpful. Funny is good.
  4. Add pix or short audio/video
  5. Visit and comment faithfully.