Reviews? How do I get them?
The launch of The Girl with the Haunting Smile has been and gone and family, friends and other generous folk got me off to a good start. I’ve promised myself I won’t check again on sales data till a month has passed and I’ll stick to that, however loopy it may seem.
In the days after the launch, I got a tad uptight (see my last blog) about my small number of retweets from folk I’ve enthusiastically supported in the last six months with mentions and retweets. This has partially sorted itself out but I remain a teeny-weeny bit upset that some of those with whom I’ve linked most closely have offered no support. Okay, it’s easy to miss a tweet but not all the ones I’ve sent!
My next priority is to get reviews (one so far). This matters because, when you have ten, Amazon slots your book into key lists like “also bought” and the chances of readers finding it are much greater. In addition, many book websites won’t promote a novel until it has 10, 20 or even 25 good reviews on Amazon, so I have a long way to go!
The problem is that many professional book reviewers are in such demand that they’ve closed their lists. Others deal only with genres that don’t apply to The Girl with the Haunting Smile e.g. crime, paranormal. My next step is to identify some available reviewers and send them cajoling letters. Wish me luck. Even better, if you have any ideas on how best to get reviews, please let me know.
In the meantime, I’ve booked my first (modest) ad. It’s for the New Release Alert feature on Digital Book Today and it will appear at some point in January. Let the good times roll.