Write a #BOOKREVIEW in August! A great post from Terry Tyler to encourage us all to write book reviews.

August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

 

On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

 

The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!).  You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time.  The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it; however, if you download all your books via Kindle Unlimited, as many do these days, they don’t show the VP tag, anyway.

 

Remember, this isn’t the Times Literary Supplement, it’s Amazon, where ordinary people go to choose their next £1.99 Kindle book.  No one expects you to write a thousand word, in-depth critique; I don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to read one short paragraph or a couple of lines saying what an average reader thought of a book, than a long-winded essay about the pros and cons of the various literary techniques used.  Yes, those are welcome too (!), but no more so than a few words saying “I loved this book, I was up reading it until 3am”, or “I loved Jim and Vivien and the dialogue was so realistic”, or whatever!

 

Why should you write a review?

They help book buyers make decisions.  Don’t you read the reviews on Trip Advisor before deciding on a hotel, or any site from which you might buy an item for practical use?  Book reviews are no different.

If the book is by a self-published author, or published by an independent press, the writers have to do all their promotion and marketing themselves ~ reviews from the reading public is their one free helping hand.

The amount of reviews on Amazon helps a book’s visibility (allegedly).  If you love a writer’s work and want others to do so, too, this is the best possible way of making this happen.

It’s your good deed for the day, and will only take five minutes!

 

Off we go, then!  A few more pointers:

If you need any help with writing your review, do click on Rosie’s post, above.

A review can be as short as one word.  The shortest one I have is just two 🙂

You don’t have to put your name to the review, as your Amazon ‘handle’ can be anything you like.

No writer expects all their reviews to be 5* and say the book is the best thing ever written; there is a star rating guide on Rosie’s post.

Would you like to tell the Twittersphere about your review?  If so, tweet the link to it with the hashtag #AugustReviews ~ and thank you!  I will do one blog post a week featuring these links: The #AugustReviews Hall of Fame (thank you, Barb!).

 

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Miss Peach’s Dream – new short stories FREE for five days!

My new collection of short stories, ‘Miss Peach’s Dream’, is free to download for five days from today.

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Miss Peach's Dream

There are three quick reads in the collection.

The first introduces us to Miss Rosie Peach, a young teacher keen to sort out other people’s problems.

In ‘Best Song in the World’, Celia tries to intervene between her son and daughter-in-law; she has to revisit sad events in her own marriage in order to help the young couple.

The heroine in ‘The Lady with the Funny Hair’ has had enough – after all, even a worm will turn in the end.

At the end of the book during this free promotion, you will find the Prologue and first three chapters of my recently published musical mystery, ‘The Funny Business of Life’.

Funny Business of Life Kindle Cover

 

How to get your free ebook pricematched on Amazon.

After over a year of trying – yes, that’s right, over ONE YEAR – my short story collection, Lemon and Lace, is finally permanently free on amazon UK!

Lemon and Lace: Short Stories UK link

Lemon and Lace: Short Stories USA link

What have I learnt from this experience?

Put your book free on smashwords – PLUS as many other sites as you can (eg Barnes and Noble).

Be persistent and keep asking Amazon to pricematch (although at one point Amazon did ask me – very politely – to stop emailing them about it!). I even went to the London Book Fair and asked for help  at the Amazon stall – they were so polite  but said they actually didn’t know why I had not been able to pricematch my book, as it sounded as if I was doing all the right things already. They did give me a lovely tee shirt though, which says ‘Amazon Loves Authors’ on the front. I wear it for gardening.

Ask your online friends to help, as it seems that other people reporting they have seen your book advertised for free carries more weight than the author constantly bleating on about it.

Ask someone across the pond to report it – this sometimes grabs Amazon’s attention.

Change the price of your book on Amazon to a HIGHER price – apparently this makes it more likely to be picked up by the automatic system that deals with pricematching.

I had a lot of help and support to get my short stories pricematched, particularly from Julia Hughes, Monica La Porta and Sean Campbell.  Thank you!

I may have to go through all this again soon, as I have been advised that sometimes pricematching is changed at the end of a month. So please, download my ebook before the end of May, just in case!