The first Wednesday of the month means a new Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog. Be sure to check out some more blogs from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group by clicking on the aforementioned link, or by using the #ISWG search tag here on WordPress.
Many thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for spearheading the ISWG.
Writers depend on a great many things. In this day and age when more and more writers are building author platforms for themselves, word of mouth and how their books are received mean a great deal. Because, once a writer has their book published, a writer depend on reviews. This is something writers may or may not care to admit, at least freely, but reviews mean much when it comes to their work. Good reviews can mean much to a writer, both for their bottom line (if possible) and for their ego (very possible). In the few weeks since my book, Out Where the Buses Don’t Run has been published, I’ve earned a few positive reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. But I think my book can do with a few more reviews.
Which leads me to some shameless bit of hustling here. Because here’s the insecure writer about to talk very closely to you. I ask, how much are good reviews worth these days?
How would you like to read my book, Out Where the Buses Don’t Run: Seven Years of Rants, Raves, Dirty Jokes, and Bad Ideas From a Small But Loud Corner of the Blogosphere? Better yet, how would you like to read a FREE e-book version? That’s right, FREE. Your choice, either my book in PDF format, or avaiable as a free download via Smashwords, both of which you can download to your Kindle/Nook/Sony Reader/iPad/iPhone/etc. My anthology of humor essays, in which I tackle a wide assortment of topics such as marriage, parenting, politics, racism, your lousy taste in music, hipsters, bad writers, rude supermodels, sex scandals of the rich and famous, and, um…Phil Collins, can be yours for free, just for the asking.
There’s a catch, right? Yeah, there’s a catch.
In exchange for a free copy, I ask that you read it and review my book. You can post your review on Amazon, or Goodreads, or on your blog; if you do choose to post a review on your blog, just let me know so I can share your review with others. I also ask that you post an honest review; if you liked my book, tell everyone why. If you didn’t like my book, same rules apply. Believe me, you’re not going to suffer an Author Behaving Badly moment from me. I can deal with a bad review. Strangely enough, I have a harder time dealing with a good review. Something to do with not being able to take a compliment like I should…
So why am I resorting to this shameless bit of hustling here? Here’s where that part of my ego needs the boost. My book’s been out for almost two months now, and while it’s gotten some exposure on both my blog and on Goodreads, I haven’t been able to generate as much publicity, and sales, as I’d hoped. Here’s where I’m asking for your help. I’m hoping to leverage some more reviews, especially positive reviews, into more of a publicity plan, where I can point to this many number of reviews and show this little book of mine is generating some buzz. When I market myself and my book on other websites, I can point to the reviews I’ve garnered and show my self-published book’s been read and reviewed by quite a few people.
Still interested? Great! Respond below, or just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know if you want a PDF or a free download via Smashwords.
And I am thanking you already in advance.
Just for the sheer hell of it, here’s a few songs I’ve been listening to a lot recently. Think you’ll enjoy ’em as well.
BOY – Little Numbers
Young Dreams – First Days of Something
Blood Red Shoes – In Time to Voices
New Politics – Harlem