GETTING BOOK REVIEWS by @RayneHall #WriterTips #SundayBlogShare

Getting Book Reviews: Easy, Ethical Strategies for Authors (Writer's Craft 14)Getting Book Reviews: Easy, Ethical Strategies for Authors by Rayne Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Getting Book Reviews is a book most suitable for Indie writers although there are some tips for published writers too. Rayne reminds the reader that reviews help sell books and with more people using online book shops for their purchases it is very noticeable that readers are drawn to the books with many reviews. She explains that this is a basic psychological buying factor, people are attracted to what others have and they too want to share the experience.

There then follows easy to read chapters with proven achievable strategies about how to get reviews. These include simple ideas like a polite paragraph at the end of your book asking readers to write a review, using your fans and followers, and asking your beta readers to write a review.

There are also chapters on the muddier waters of review swaps, review circles and paying for reviews. My favourite chapters were the “Approaching a book blogger”, as a book blogger I appreciate an author who is considerate and takes an interest in my blog and stays interested after my review. My other pick would be the “Ways to send a book to reviewers” I am astonished by the number of authors who approach me for a review with only a PDF or Word Document of their story.

I enjoys Rayne’s writer’s craft books because of their simple easy to use advice and common sense and I often recommend them to authors when I feel the advice they offer will be of help.

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Wednesday Wing….what can I read in the first 10% of your book? #WriterTips #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about the first 10% of your book.

With Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature potential readers can start reading your book for FREE to see it’s worth them buying. With online purchasing of books growing, this is a significant selling opportunity for authors.

Making best use of the first 10%

If a reader picks your paperback book up at a book store or a library, they can easily flick to the first page of the story.

When searching for a book online using the “Look Inside” feature a reader is stuck with the 10% allowed by Amazon. If your first few pages are full of a “dedication”, “Thank yous” to all your, beta readers, proof-readers, editors, book cover artists, family members and pet dog, “Quotes” from thrilled readers, “lists” of your other works, where to find you on social media etc, YOU ARE MISSING a huge MARKETING potential.

Don’t get me wrong, go ahead and have all these features, BUT have them at the back of the book. If a reader REALLY liked your work, they’ll read some of these and MAYBE follow up and go to your social media sites and look for more books you’ve written . BUT ramming this down a NEW reader’s throat before they’ve got to PAGE 1 of your story and YOU may well lose that reader before they BUY your book.

WHY NOT jump straight into the book WHAM! Hook that reader with an intense opening which has them reading down and hitting BUY.

For anyone who wants to argue that “Giving” the reader 10% of their 300 page book is letting someone have 30 pages FREE, meaning they then might not bother with the rest of the book, so filling the first 10 pages with dedications etc is a way of “Giving away less for FREE”. My reply is this, if a reader wants to give up after 30 pages the book either isn’t a subject they are interested in or you need to write a BETTER book, plus that view is so negative you don’t really want to sell your books do you?

Updated note – do check the latest advice from Amazon before uploading your book.

Here are links to previous Wednesday Wing Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84S

July 22nd 2015 – Should you write dreams into your work? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84Q

Wednesday Wing….Should you write dreams into your work? #wwwblogs #WriterTips

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about DREAMS in you writing.

Using dreams in your work has been used for years, just look at Charles Dickens and “A Christmas Carol” but now it’s a technique which is often used poorly in writing. Kirsten Lamb explains it really concisely and much better than I ever will to check out this post

When Dreams Go Bad—Dream Sequences, What Works & What Flops

What happens when I read about dreams as a reader?

Opening lines

If your book opens with a dream sequence my eyes roll upwards and I think “OH NO!” This is because as Kirsten explains, the hook you use to open the book, becomes a lie and you are in fact sublimely saying to the reader at the end of the dream sequence “Ha, ha tricked you, this isn’t real”. Then the reader has to start all over again when the “Real” story begins. If you opened with a lie, the message to the reader is “You can’t trust my writing”.

It can be much better to go WHAM into a story with a high impact opening which will get a reader asking questions – a murder (murder mystery), a plane crash (thriller), an explosion (Sci-fi), a wizard in broad daylight on the streets of London (fantasy), hot rugged man stripped his shirt off (Romance). All these scenes well written will have me asking “Why is this happening?” and I WANT to read on to find the answers.

Dreams within the book

How useful are dreams used within the main body of the book? As Kirsten says in her article unless the dream moves the storyline forward in a significant way, DO NOT use them. So often they are used as an information dump, or a back story or a filler, authors use them badly as convenient ways to find answers and solve puzzles. Some writers try to disguise them as Day dreams or reminiscing BUT I’ll be HONEST here, as a reader this is a MAJOR area where I WILL SKIP these sections because TOO often they are BORING.

Dream scenes are NOT new, they are NOT cutting edge writing, they have been done before, are over-used and turn readers off.

So if you’ve used dreams, go back and check to see if they are REALLY needed and if you can, CUT them out.

Here are links to previous Wednesday Wing Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter helps others share your posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7L2

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Ma

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Rl

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7SA

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Y4

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Yo

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7YM

July 8th 2015 – Automated Tweets, LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM? make use of them http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-7Za

July 15th 2015 – What’s Your Book Genre? http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-84S