Indie authors typically have a hard time gathering reviews. In my experience, reviews really matter because they sell books more than covers do. More specifically, over time good reviews and referrals from other readers sell more books than covers.
It can feel like a catch-22 for new writers. How do you get readers without good reviews? How do you get reviews without readers? The answer isn’t easy, and this blog has a post in the past with some solutions.
A Goodreads giveaway is a great way to get readers into your paperback. The concept is simple. You make some copies of the book available and enter it into a Goodreads giveaway. It’s free to do. They post it for a specific duration and only for the countries of your choice. People sign up for a chance to win. Goodreads emails you the list of winners, and you snail mail the winners copies of your book. (This is not allowed for ebooks and you must follow up or be in serious trouble there.)
The benefits are multiple. Winners who receive, read and like your book are encouraged to leave a review at Amazon or Barnes&Noble, etc. Hundreds and potentially thousands of interested readers will at least check out your book and its description (some may even decide to just go ahead and buy it). Those who don’t win it might buy it. Those who enjoyed it might refer it to others, like at Goodreads where a buzz over a book can turn into immediate sales.
My novel, The Little Universe, was just entered into a giveaway. In less than a day, 85 people have signed up for a chance to win 10 available copies. For the two weeks the free promotion will run, perhaps several hundred and maybe over a thousand people will enter, which is great publicity if nothing else.
If nothing else, it’s a great way to create some interest in your book. Hopefully it will result in reviews, referrals, a buzz and lots of sales. For those interested in creating paperbacks from their ebooks, my recommendation is to use CreateSpace, Amazon’s POD (print on demand) company. It’s entirely free for do-it-yourself types, and the author’s price per book is very low.
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