Monday, November 27, 2017
Two Vacancies - Advanced Reader Team #amreading
One of the best things I did this year was set up Kory's Reader Army.
It is critically important to get reviews on new books as soon as they launch. You probably weigh reviews highly when making a decision whether to try a new author or rely on an old favorite - I know that I do.
Apart from helping to persuade people to give a new writer a shot, reviews help drive early sales which, in turn, means that Amazon takes notice and starts to market on my behalf. And no one markets books better than Amazon.
In order to make that happen, I have a small team of Advance Readers. It's pretty simple and is, I hope, good fun.
It involves them being sent a copy of whatever book I've just finished and then, when it is published, firing up a quick and honest review. Simple as that.
Some members of the team have picked up errors that I've been able to correct and others have suggested changes to the plot that I have incorporated.
Apart from getting a copy of the book before anyone else, I try and say thanks with some nice bonuses.
In some circumstances, it's free bonus material. Or I offer signed paperbacks or free audiobooks. At the very least I list their names in the acknowledgments section in the back of the book, publicly thanking them for their help.
Why am I telling you all this? Because there are a couple of vacancies at the moment.
So if you are a fan of my work and you want to help other readers discover and enjoy my books, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know that you'd like to be added to my Advanced Readers list.