Working With What You Have To Gain Reviews

reviewsReviews are critical to boost your marketing performance in many ways. This includes your SEO performance and your reader experience. By approaching readers at the right time, via email, social media, or even inside your book, all your efforts may pay off. Have you tried these top tips for review success?

Offer compelling incentives for your readers

Readers are constantly bombarded with requests from authors they are associated with. Before asking your readers, make sure you offer something that has a high perceived value. Do not hesitate to offer an incentive to those who leave comments and reviews on your books. Feedback is valuable!

Ask your readers on social media

Social media forever changed the relationship between author and reader, and users are now very vocal when it comes to sharing their experiences with products; both positive and negative. With Amazon, it is now easier than ever for a reader to express an opinion. Positive, or negative, invite your readers to share their experience of your book.

Follow up with personalized emails

At the right moment, it is vital to seek advice from readers on your books. Once a reader makes a purchase, receives the book and reads it, their level of interest is at its highest. Therefore, it would be a good time to contact them then via email and ask how their experience was. With the book, still fresh in their mind, it is very likely they will provide an assessment of your product right away.

Don’t forget the product itself!

When you are getting ready to upload your book to Amazon… don’t forget to put a note inside your book asking for people to share their thoughts about your book. This can be as simple as a note in the copyright, or even a mention of reviews in the foreword.  Don’t forget to always offer attractive incentives, the investment will be worth it!

A Few Reasons For Readers Not To Review Your Book…

writerAs a writer, you spend a lot of time chasing people for reviews. Many of us have tired of asking friends, family and neighbors to write reviews for us. We’ve also had the people who have promised, and failed, to deliver reviews for our books. This blog article is all about reviews. What stops people from leaving reviews on our books?

They didn’t connect with the book…

Even if you told the reader that you want an “honest” review, anybody who knows you personally will feel awkward and uncomfortable leaving you anything but a positive review, so you’re basically asking them to lie They’ll choose pleasing you over writing a fair book review.

They just didn’t read the book…

Was your book poorly formatted? Did your cover look unprofessional? Maybe the story didn’t hook your reader straight away? Maybe they would rather say nothing about the book.  But you’re bugging a reader to review a book they don’t want to read. It becomes a chore and a favor and not an easy one. If someone is doing you a big favor, find a way to help them out as well – though really, you shouldn’t ask for favors. Just move on and find someone who would enjoy your book.

Speechless?

Maybe the stress and pressure makes them avoid reading or taking action. Maybe they’ve never written a book review before and don’t know how to start. Maybe you need to make a simple template for them to copy, or let them know that a brief review of just a few words is good enough.

The book didn’t move the mountain…

It’s easy to review books that you loved or hated. You don’t need to look for things to say, you know why you liked, or didn’t, like it. It’s much harder to review books that have caused no reaction at all.

Maybe it’s not bad, maybe it’s even decent. A “good effort.” But they still had to force themselves to get through, and now that it’s finished they can’t really remember what it’s about. The plot wasn’t strong enough or well organized. The characters weren’t deep enough or didn’t resonate. The conflict didn’t intrigue them. They just didn’t connect and can’t think of what to say about your book. It’s as simple as that.

Spotlight Review: Learning Me (Lightworker Series Book 1)

An unusual story from a talented writer who shows great talent for building a story that will hold your interest from beginning to end….

Something a little different for you this week. This is “Learning Me (Lightworker Series Book 1)” from Jamie White. I have to say that this one was a joy to read. Have you ever had a dream? Courtney dreams of becoming an actress, and when that opportunity arises, she finds herself fighting against her parents who forbid her to take the chance of becoming the star of an Indie movie.

But why do her parents object to her becoming an actress? That’s when the book starts to become extremely addictive. As Courtney tries to work her way through their objections, she starts to discover the truth.

Weaved with an extremely talented pen—this is a book that will hold your interest and will have you asking for the sequel. Courtney is an extremely well developed character. Sam is well done, too. These characters are so well created the reader finds himself, or herself, rooting for them every step of the way.

The anticipation in this book is so strong you cannot stop turning pages for a second. Even if this is not your usual genre—even if you are not particularly drawn to the description—you should get a copy of this book and become immersed in one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s well worth your time, and once you’re done, you need to start a petition to get more books from this author. Seriously. She’s that good!

Learning Me (Lightworker Series Book 1)

Jamie White

 

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Courtney dreams of being a professional actress one day, but her parents have always been against it. Their disapproval and disinterest in what she loves most has always been a source of resentment, but she refuses to give up on her dream despite their feelings about it.

When she’s given the chance to audition for an indie film, Courtney’s thrilled but wary of her parents’ reaction to her news. They, predictably, forbid her to do it, and force her to choose between following her dream and keeping the peace at home.
Her decision stirs long-repressed memories of her childhood that lead her on a search to get to the heart of their objections to her acting dream. No longer satisfied with the explanations they’d given long ago, Courtney begins a search for answers.

Courtney’s search for the truth leads her in a direction she’d never imagined. One that will make her question everything, and everyone, she knew. Even herself.

Spotlight Review: The Tarczal Alliance

Addictive, delicious, and filled with characters, plot lines and hooks—you’ll die for. If J. Paulette Forshey doesn’t keep writing—it’d be a crime.

I didn’t just like it. I didn’t just care for the story or characters, or the writing style. I didn’t just connect to the story. No. I loved all of these elements. Elements that make “The Tarczal Alliance” a fantastic read and a credit to the genre. If you like vampires—you should be going to bed tonight with “The Tarczal Alliance.”

Let me tell you about my reading adventure. I made it to Chapter 6 during my first reading session. Hard to break away because there was too much going on that I really liked. It was a shame to leave the book as I was enjoying the author’s writing style – but it was a short-lived shame because I started my second reading session an hour later. As soon as I got to chapter 8, I knew it was over for me. What’s left to say, really? This book is addictive.

I’m not a betting person, but I’d bet on this outcome. You’ll become addicted to “The Tarczal Alliance” and it won’t take long. I’d bet you’ll be hooked by chapter 6—like I was.

I would recommend this highly engaging read if you want an escape. You can get lost in a world of your own—it’s a good world to get lost in. Why don’t you give it a try?

The Tarczal Alliance

J. Paulette Forshey

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Logan Kincaid was trying to find the spy in his company when she walked in, – long blond hair, longer legs, and intelligent green eyes – damn, all his weaknesses rolled into one. He’d lived for 445 yrs. believing the Blood Witches and T’yhiéls of his vampiric childhood were nothing but myths until one walked into his life and all hell broke loose.

Allyson Weston needed a scholarship to continue her career, and she wanted her abusive ex out of her life. Allyson got both and more when she found out the benefactor of the scholarship’s bite was worse than his bark and her ex was found dead in her driveway.

Spotlight Review: Lilly’s Angel (Fangs & Halos Book 1)

A scintillating, addictive vampire read set in New Orleans written by a writer who has skill, taste and the ability to weave golden words…

I decided to pick up “Lily’s Angel” the other day. It’s a fairly long book, but the author has a vivid writing style. After just a few chapters, I expected this to be the start of something pretty good.

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney does a good job describing scenes. She does a fine job of creating a storyline and keeping it consistent… but she excels with her characters. Lilly Marchantel may be one of the finest characters ever created by a novelist in this genre. Not only is she developed—her dialogue is beautifully executed and will certainly grab your attention. If you pick up this book—pick it up expecting to be wowed by Lily. Sullivan is another character who has depth and will become a reader favorite.

The author manages to both tell the story while at the same time giving a good understand of the vampire society. Lily is constantly learning about her brand-new environment and the author does a good job of letting the audience in on this. She’s a great cultural interpreter for the reader.

“Lily’s Angel” also has some of the most tastefully approached sex scenes in the genre. Chapter two is sexually explosive. This is a book you will enjoy on this level, too.

Overall I would recommend “Lily’s Angel” as a book that you are likely to enjoy. If you want something to read with edge, poise and a lot of great writing—this is the one for you.

Lily’s Angel

Charlayne Elizabeth Denney

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Lilly Marchantel entertains her client—a vampire—for a night of paid passion and dies. Or does she? Her madam, the famous Lulu White of Mahogany Hall, throws a lavish funeral for the girl and buries her in St. Louis 1 Cemetery.

During the chaos in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Enforcer angel Sullivan is sent to the cemetery to verify reports of two rogue vampires. How much trouble can an angel get into in New Orleans? What could happen if Sullivan loses his powers?

“Lilly’s Angel” tells the story of Lilly’s discovery of a whole new world with her friends Baron the Cat and the skull she talks to as the pissed off and horny Sullivan struggles against the changes he is experiencing.

Spotlight Review: Vessel of Power

When a Sci-Fi author turns her hand to the paranormal… a terrific book is born! Michelle O’Leary takes a story and turns into an addiction… will she write another book like this?

It is hard to write about “Vessel of Power” by Michelle O’Leary without giving away too much. This is a book I want to rave about! I promise to keep this review short though. I don’t want to give the story away. But the author was inspired to turn out something special with this release. It shows on every page.

While I think, it is important to understand that the following opinion is purely my own… I found the author’s writing voice rather hypnotic. I found myself fighting to stop reading the book. I don’t know if other readers have become addicted to this book—but the author had me hooked from start to finish.

For even the most gifted writers, writing fiction leads to the trap of wanting to write the most mundane of daily activities. The most talented writers find themselves turning out boring chapters. There’s always a lull, right? I was expecting at least a little slowdown while reading “Vessel of Power”—but none came. The pace of the story was fast. The characters are well developed.  Prince Destin is one of the strongest characters in any novel of this genre. You are going to notice him. Believe me.

In other words, this is a book that you should read to find out what I am talking about. “Vessel” is a reminder of how one delightful book can hold your attention and keep you captive until the small hours. Be prepared for a rollercoaster ride of a book that will make you look at other bestsellers with a very critical eye—seriously—grab this book today.

Vessel of Power

Michelle O’Leary

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Lia must stop the elemental prince at all costs. Prince Destin is searching for the Vessel of Power, an object containing the might of the gods. His soulless father will use it to destroy their world, starting with her family. Lia will do whatever it takes to protect the Vessel, except she can’t seem to end this magnetic prince of fire.

Destin won’t let anything stand in his way, even a gorgeous changeling with mayhem on her mind. He’s determined to prove his worth as son and heir by retrieving the Vessel for his father. Lia challenges him at every turn, but he burns whenever he’s near this tantalizing changeling.

Torn between loyalty to family and desire for one another, Destin and Lia struggle to find the right path. Can they save their world and each other? Will finding the Vessel bind them together or drive them apart forever?

Spotlight Review: Tears of the Innocent

Perfect description, perfect characters, a killer storyline and one of the best new authors of today… you’re going to want to become acquainted with R.L. Seago!

“Tears of the Innocent” grabbed me with the first chapter and didn’t let go. Wonderfully descriptive, with characters perfectly fleshed out and action that kept the scenes moving along at a good pace. This is a story that will take over your life for the duration of the novel.

Lacey DeVane knows her son is alive, despite what everyone keeps telling her. That is, everyone except the dead teenage girl on her autopsy table.

Ryder Raynes and his devoted partner Joker keep themselves busy, not only with their private detective agency, but with Ryder’s quest for revenge against the Devil’s Disciples, the outlaw biker club responsible for the scar that Ryder bears.

Summer Papadopolous is stunningly gorgeous, with a body that most men would kill for, but her heart is as black as midnight. She is the head of one of the world’s largest sex trafficking rings, and God help the man who lays a finger on one of her girls.

Ryder and Lacey are on the trail of her missing son Micah, and when they meet up with Summer and her “family” all hell will break loose.

When the two women collide in the Nevada desert for the body and soul of one young boy, the dry, arid heat will be no match for the inferno that will engulf them all, as Lacey fights to rescue her son, and Ryder comes face to face with a familiar stranger from his past.

All of this from an author who has been undiscovered by most of the reading public. Why is that? As legend of this book grows—and it will—there are going to be a lot of people lining up to get their fix of stories from this author. If you can write an addictive book like this—you deserve to be on every book shelf in the world. I recommend “Tears of the Innocent” for your reading pile… today!

Tears of the Innocent

R.L. Seago

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Lacey DeVane knows her son is alive, despite what everyone keeps telling her. That is, everyone except the dead teenage girl on her autopsy table.

Ryder Raynes and his devoted partner Joker keep themselves busy, not only with their private detective agency, but with Ryder’s quest for revenge against the Devil’s Disciples, the outlaw biker club responsible for the scar that Ryder bears.

Summer Papadopolous is stunningly gorgeous, with a body that most men would kill for, but her heart is as black as midnight. She is the head of one of the worlds largest sex trafficking rings, and God help the man who lays a finger on one of her girls.

Ryder and Lacey are on the trail of her missing son Micah, and when they meet up with Summer and her “family” all hell will break loose.

When the two women collide in the Nevada desert for the body and soul of one young boy, the dry, arid heat will be no match for the inferno that will engulf them all, as Lacey fights to rescue her son, and Ryder comes face to face with a familiar stranger from his past.