I am having the damnedest time trying to get reviews of my books. I know folks are reading my books--I can tell from my sales report--but, it's not translating into reviews. I'm trying to get to at least 15 reviews on each of my works, and have tried a 12 different ways to get them. Does anybody have any foolproof strategies?
Been following this thread and just wanted to chime in while I have a moment (been busy with marketing the new eBook, writing the next eBook, cultivating connections, etc., etc., etc.!)
I really like the idea of forming a Reviewing Group where we can write reviews for each others' work. When I had my first book published by one of the big six, I was really amazed at how fast they got reviews up on the key platforms - Amazon, B&N, etc. What I found out was that they have a small cadre of dedicated reviewers whose sole function is to write glowing reviews of every book the publisher puts out. I assume they are paid, though very hush hush and under the table...since reviews are supposed to be unbiased (!) But as we have all subsequently learned from Amazon's recent experience not every review is what it purports to be. That said, I think we authors of color are at something of a disadvantage, given that we don't have the marketing clout that the big publishers have and our windows of accessing that clout are somewhat limited. Therefore, I don't feel any remorse for suggesting that we take care of things ourselves...I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine.
So here's the proposition...opt in at will...I'll write a review for you, you write one for me...the more the merrier...and soon, all of our books will have lots of reviews to help boost them in the marketplace. Call it a BSFS Review Co-op! ;-)