Thursday, August 9, 2012

Swamp Hop & 5 Review Request Mistakes

If you've been following the AP story about my legal battle with the FFF, Federation of Feline Familiars, you'll be relieved to know that the cats have asked that negotiations be suspended until they return from their national conference. This gives me a breather and lets me get on with my launch. I'll be sure to keep you posted on the news when the FFF v C. Lee McKenzie battle resumes. *Sigh.

Today I'm visiting STEPHEN TREMP, author of the BREAKTHROUGH series. He's featuring me and those Alligators Overhead! Hope you have time to stop by and say hi! Since I'm going to be "hopping" a lot this month, I'll post daily (except Sat. and Sun.) the rest of August with links to all the bloggers who are supporting me. Hope you'll stop in, and visit these blogs. They're always worth the time because they share so much information about our craft and the business of publishing.


One thing we know as writers is that after we write, then publish, our work has just begun. We want visibility, and one way to get that is through REVIEWS. Since reviewers don't usually knock at our door asking if they can read our book, we're the ones who have the "leg work" to do. Today it's not so much the legs that we exercise, but our eyes and our nimble fingers get quite a work out.

If we're going to put in all that time and energy finding reviewers and contacting them, we best do it right. I found this great article that gives writers 5 REVIEW REQUEST MISTAKES. They are right on. Find the link below.

Do you have any mistakes or any positive suggestions for how to approach reviewers? Add them, please.
 
 
   
   
       5 mistakes to avoid when requesting a book review As writers with a book freshly out on the market, we are all in dire need of reviews to promote the first steps of our baby in the cruel publishing scene. This means finding reviewers. Of course, writers almost always being readers, we already have…
   
 
 


 
 

16 comments:

  1. Be terrible if something happened to all of those cats while gathered at the conference, now wouldn't it?
    Already visited Stephen this morning.
    And my publisher sends out reviews, but I have suggested reviewers to them.

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  2. Getting the feeling Alex has it in for cats ... Also, the tips for seeking reviews was most timely and helpful. :)

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  3. Great post Lee. As a reviewer when the author sends me the book, if I have a negative review I might actually ask them if they prefer a publish it or not. (Like is bad press better than no press, and is it possible from my neg review someone else might decide they would like it)? As for the free copy, I once was asked to do a review for someone and thought that meant they'd send the book. When they didn't, I backed out of the review as it was something I probably wouldn't have read.

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  4. I'll stop by and check out your post!

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  5. I see you're having a good time with those cats, Lee! Haha! Good for you!

    I'm going to check out that link about book reviews and then head over to Stephen's site. He's so funny with his comment! LOL!

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  6. Nice to meet you at Stephen's. Thanks for the link. My dream is to have a pubisher who will send out all those review copies for me.

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  7. Congrats, Lee! Will stop buy and visit you at Stephen's.

    Yeah, the review thing is almost like submitting ... pretty dang similar.

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  8. Congratulations, Lee. Clicking over to Stephen's now. . .

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  9. Great link. It is difficult to get visibility, and there are right and wrong ways to do it.

    Have a great weekend.

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  10. Heading over to Stephen's right now. :-)

    Those are great tips, although they're so obvious that it's a pity that some people need to read them.

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  11. I hope those cats come to their senses SOON!

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  12. Good information. I'm glad to know I do most of them right.

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  13. I can't wait to show the trailer to my class. I'm starting the read aloud on day 1 - this Thursday. Gave "Alligators Overhead" some love in my post this week.

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  14. Hi Lee - gosh cats in hot weather - too much .. glad they're giving you negotiating thought time.

    "Alligators Overhead" - good luck with all that's going on .. once I've straightened myself I'll be over to purchase ..

    Checked out Steve's blog ..

    Have a good week .. cheers Hilary

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  15. I just read the article. I'd love to say it's common sense but I've been on the other end of the slushpile and I know how many writers lack common sense.

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  16. I can't wait to hear what Leslie's class has to say about the trailer. They are going to love it!

    Awesome article. Thanks for sharing it!
    ~Jess

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