We can boost, encourage, educate and enliven readers to review the books they love, online, hopefully our own included. Feel free to repost my blog which details how easy it is to post an online review. Some readers have no idea how to go about it.
How do you prompt readers to make the leap to online reviewing? With my first novel, I did a pay-it-forward promo on my website. Anyone who agreed to read Guest House, review it online and pass it on to another reader within a week received a free signed copy. Twenty readers requested books, and I received twenty online reviews.
Any other great ideas out there? I have a second novel, Tributary, coming out this summer. Looking for great ideas!
I have no ideas, but really like the idea of yours! Thank you for sharing.
When I talked about reviews with my friends, they had no idea the review had become so important nowadays. They are making a more consciencious effort now.
That's great, Vicki. I know so many avid readers who rely on online reviews and never think to write one themselves. My sister read my blog and said, "This looks like work." I said, "Five minutes of your time?!" and then reminded her of the hundreds of favorite authors she has never thanked.
Ah, well. A little guilt among siblings, but for a very good cause!
A little guilt among siblings... LOL I think your sissie can handle it.
And how would anyone know about anything unless we tell them?
That's what blogging is all about!
My first novel, Guest House, was a contemporary look at the families we create vs. the families we inherit. My new novel, Tributary, comes out this summer. I just finished the last draft yesterday! Thanks for asking.
What are you working on?
blog, blog, blog... I do lots of it.
Congratulations on finishing your draft. That is such a good feeling. I experienced it last week when I finished the first draft of my short story "Raving Beauty." Can you tell I write funny stuff? lol
What a terrific idea. Trying to keep track of all the brilliant suggestions SheWriters come up with is overwhelming! Will have to file it away for when my book comes out. Thanks Barbara.
Thanks, Rossandra. You can drive people to your site for the pay-it-forward campaign by doing a book giveaway on Goodreads at the same time. Goodreads gives you a list of the readers who signed up to win your book. You can then contact some or all of them with a friendly invitation to get a free book on your website if they'll review it.
Good luck getting your book out into the world!
Aah, so that's why I should pay attention to Goodreads. So far, I'vd just listed some of the books I've read with the intention of adding reviews. Hasn't happened yet, I'm going nuts with everything else. You're a veritable font of great advice, Barbara!!
Goodreads is a great free platform for connecting with readers!