Free book of my children’s series: Check out what readers are saying

 

This week my publisher has placed volume one of my Jasper, Amazon Parrot series on promotion. The title? That would be “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure.”Starting today up to November 29th, which is this Friday, the ebook is just free. Not bad, right?

These are some of the praises Jasper and I have received for volume one:

★★★★★ – “Young children will love this story and certainly relate to it. The two parrots are adorable characters, teaching great life lessons to young readers. It’s fun, quick and meaningful. I highly recommend this first book in the series.”

★★★★★ – “Jasper is a delightful chapter book for young readers. I bought it for my 10 year old grandson who struggles with reading for Christmas. He read it in a few days and enjoyed it.”

★★★★★ – “A fantastic story for the younger readers who are transitioning from picture books to reading a story that unfolds pictures using their imagination.”

 

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. Not only that but volume one was recently on Amazon Best Selling 100 audibles for a few weeks. Again, not to shabby.

So, saunter on over to Amazon. Check the book out. It is not very long it being a chapter book for children. See what people are excited about. Read the reviews. Heck, leave a review and make Jasper and I a bit more happy this Thanksgiving week.

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.

Sharon C. Williams- Author