I heart book bloggers. When I published my first paranormal romance last August, a former book reviewer gave me a list of the biggest review sites. Guess what I found out? The biggest review sites don’t accept self-published books. Luckily, two friends had self-published in paranormal romance a few months earlier. Going through their reviews on Amazon, I found that some of the reviews were from book bloggers. I emailed them, saying I’d self-published my paranormal romance, Cattitude, and added the blurb. Then I said I could send them the Smashwords coupon code for a free e-book and would they like to review it?
That’s it. Much easier than querying an agent. About half agreed to review it, which I’ve found out is good, so either I had a great blurb or they like cats. Now I often say in my requests that I’ll be happy to do an interview or blog with a giveaway. Or that my second self-pubbed book, Dead People, is a Kindle bestseller in three categories. But in the beginning I didn’t realize that blogs and interviews gave extra exposure. All I wanted was a review. And being on the bestseller list in any category was a dream.
I’m not the only author who feels she owes a lot to book bloggers. Uber-bestselling ebook author Amanda Hocking often says that book bloggers started her springboard to success. You can read about it here, along with lists to different blog sites. And here’s a brand new Book Blogger Directory that I found out about from one of my favorite book bloggers, Aimee at Coffee Table Reviews.
Though not precisely a book blog, a feature at DailyCheapReads helped bump Dead People into the Kindle bestseller lists. They do reviews, but they mostly feature books — cheap books — and a lot of people go to their site. If you’re interested in a feature, contact them on their Your Two Cents Worth page. Your book need to have five reviews on Kindle. They don’t have to be all 5 star, but they need to be substantive. More than “I liked this book.” When I put in a request for a feature of my last book, Dragon Blues, I told them how many reviews I had, the average of the reviews, the Kindle link, and the length. You probably don’t need all of that, but at least the link and the price.
I know writers who spend a lot of time on Kindleboards. The few times I was on it, I didn’t get a bump in my sales and it felt as if I was on a thread that only other writers read, all of us desperately trying to promote our books. I do go on Twitter and Facebook, but I’m sporadic. I can’t do it all and still have time to write. You might have a different experience. In the end, I think that besides book bloggers and word of mouth, your best promo is another great book.
Feel free to ask questions. Happy self-publishing!
Great links. Thanks for sharing, Edie.
And I agree, book bloggers are da bomb. By sharing their love of reading and varied opinions, book bloggers can generate interest–buzz–that few authors can generate on their own.
Lainey, you bet! I hope the links are helpful and get you many reviews!
Thanks, Edie!! I’m taking all your advice and running with it. Aimee has already decided to have me!
Tonya, !’m excited for you! A great beginning!