As most of you know, my second book was just released. My hobby is quickly becoming a second job. As I work harder, I’m looking for a few special SuperFans to help me beta-test ideas. If you are selected, you will get to:
read some of my work before anyone else
have some say in what makes it to print – and what doesn’t
have input about book covers.
attend launch parties (virtual and real)
enter exclusive giveaways only available to my SuperFans.
As part of the planning process, I am trying to decide whether to just call this group “SuperFans” or give the group a name. What do you think? Do you want to be SuperFans? Or Lori’s Gems? Other suggestions? I’m just spitballin’ here . . .
If you are interested, please send an email to lori(at)lorilrobinett.com and answer the following questions:
How many books do you estimate you read a year?
What social media outlets are you active in/on?
Are you interested in live or virtual events?
Do you leave reviews anywhere online? Where?
Do you have an e-reader? If yes, Nook, Kindle or Other (please specify)
Before I started writing, I never left reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Goodreads. But after I started writing, I began to pay attention to how I used reviews. Not only did I want them as a writer (and, oh, how I looooooove reviews!), but I want them as a reader.
When I finish reading one book, I’m immediately ready for another. Because I have LOTS of books on my to be read list (I mark mine on Goodreads – feel free to connect with me if you want to share lists/books!), and it’s really hard to decide what to pick up next. Admittedly, part of my decision is made on the cover of the book. But the main thing I do is read reviews. I look on Amazon and Goodreads, look at the average star rating, then read a handful of reviews – from those who liked the book and those who didn’t.
Once I realized how much I used reviews, I decided to start writing them. Some reviews are really long and in-depth – a work of art in and of themselves. Some reviews are short and to the point – “I liked it.” Some are serious, some are hilarious (one of my favorites is the banana slicer – pop over & take a read). My reviews are somewhere in the middle.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Did you like the book?
Was the plot engaging? Did it keep your interest?
Did you like the characters? Are they people you’d want to have lunch with, travel with, meet at a pub . . . or would you cross the street to avoid meeting them?
Was the setting something you could relate to? Someplace you’re familiar with, or did it transport you to an exotic location?
If you haven’t written a review yet, go try it on one of my books. You’ll get some experience and you’ll make my day!