Getting reviews for a children’s series: The impossible dream

 

Getting people to review my children’s book has proven nearly impossible in the years since the books have been released. I gain traction and than a period of absolute silence.

One author I finished doing a review for asked me what could he do to pay the favor back. I said a review from one of my books would be nice. He chose instead to buy it. I was speechless. It would have taken him maybe an hour to read it.  Another author turned me down after reviewing his book. However, he had the nerve to ask if I would review his next book. I was polite but you can all guess what I said.

I am a reviewer who reads and reviews just about any book that is asked of me. I know how hard it is to get reviews.

But I don’t know what the issue is. Am I asking the wrong people? Am I being to soft in my reviews saying yes the majority of the time? I’m not sure to be honest.

But hey at least the books are selling.

 

Paying for book reviews: Really?

 

 

I’ve noticed that all of a sudden I’m receiving an avalanche of emails from people peddling their wares. What is their wares? They do reviews for a fee. And trust me the fees are not small.

I been doing reviews for free since 2010. I do it as a service to help others out. I know how hard it is to get someone to read your book and leave a review. Heck, I have family and friends who have not done mine. How am I going to get a total stranger to do it?

Well, I can if I pay the fee. Buying reviews is looked down on from Amazon and other sites. Yes, there are ways to get around it. There are always ways to get around something.

I even had a young lady say on her site that her reviews were in accordance to how Amazon wants reviews done but she does charge.

What is funny to me is how much they charge for a single review. Am I in the wrong business? Perhaps I am. However there are, if you search, number of places that offer free reviews and that is where I will be looking first.

This explains why my TBR list is never down to zero, ever. Though with it being so long I might need to start saying no.

Author interview and raffle: Chance to win a copy of my books

 

I was interviewed by the amazing James J. Cudney. Not only did he interview me but we are including a raffle for a chance to win a copy of one of my books in a few different formats.

The way he laid it out I thought was really lovely and he did it in a way to make it shine. I am grateful for this chance to have a spotlight on my books and myself.

At the moment my children’s chapter book series in audible books are still in the top 100 on the Amazon Best Sellers list. WOOHOO.

So if you want to check out the interview click on the link below. Even if you have copies of my books, whether it is the old or new cover, go on and enter. They make great gifts.

 

Author Spotlight: Sharon C. Williams (w/ GIVEAWAY Contest)