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21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors

21 marketing tips for authors

“21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors” by Joan Y. Edwards

Writing a book is a wondrous feat and getting it published is another great accomplishment. Selling your book is the next step and it is a very interesting endeavor today. You have to plan and take action. To make money; you have to spend money and/or time. You must be creative. Choose things to do that are fun for you. I suggest you work on three of them at a time. Choose two that you can do without any problem and one with a little challenge to it. Reward yourself for each step you complete.

I’ve read through many online sources and books about marketing to sell both Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide.

I listed the resources I’ve found helpful. These marketing tips are ones I’ve used personally, witnessed other authors use them successfully, or plan to take action to make them a reality myself.

1. Place a profile on About.me. Mark Coker recommends this as a way to put all of your information in one place that many people look first. Place an About Me file on your website and blog.

2. Make a Facebook Author Page and a Facebook Personal profile page.

3. Twitter  – Open a Twitter personal account. Post about things relating to the book you’re writing. Follow and retweet other people’s tweets relevant to your favorite topics.

4. Set up pre-orders for your book. Helps build tension so people anticipate the big release date. After the release of your first book, as soon as you get the second book ready, do a pre-order for it. On the last page of your first book, let people know about your second.

5. Create a Video Trailer for your book.

Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/

Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html

6. Send out a News Release before your book launch. Put your press releases on your website. PRlog sends out free press releases (https://www.prlog.org/)

Sample Press Release

Rob Bignell. “Press Release: Advice on Day Hiking with Children:” https://www.prlog.org/11593433-new-book-provides-valuable-tips-advice-on-day-hiking-with-children.html; 

Stephen King. “Book Release American Vampire:” http://stephenking.com/promo/american_vampire/press_release/

7. Obtain 50 reviews of your books on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble. Use 50 as your top goal but be happy and celebrate each review you get. According to Brooke Warner Huffington Post, you need 50 reviews for Amazon to give you special notice. Be willing to give people who commit to review your book  a free PDF, Kindle, or paperback copy for their review.

If it’s an ebook on Kindle and you belong to GoodReads, Kindle asks you to review the book when you finish it. It posts it on both Amazon and GoodReads for you at the same time. 

It’s exciting to watch your book ranks after your book is released. To find statistics about your book sales and book rankings:

Sign into Amazon’s Author Central. It gives you the number of books sold. http://www.amazon.com/authorcentral

Check the listing of Best-Selling Authors from top down: https://www.amazon.com/author-rank

Ranks Amazon Book Sales  – website and app. https://www.novelrank.com/; 

I have 14 reviews on Joan’s Elder Care Guide and 18 for Flip Flap Floodle. So I need a lot more reviews to hit the lucky number of 50 reviews for each. If you’d be willing to do a review of either book for me, please let me know. I’ll send you a paperback copy. I’ll be willing to do a book review for you, too.

Put whole reviews or snippets of reviews with a book cover image and a link to purchase your book on your blog, website, emails, Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media.

8. Create Slide Presentation for your website. Linked-In has SlideShare where you can create and share slides about you, your writing, and your books. This SlideShare can be embedded on other people’s websites or blogs. You can even share it on your personal website or blog, too. To do the Linked-In SlideShare, go to Robert Sisson’s step by step directions: https://www.slideshare.net/RobertSisson/how-to-upload-your-powerpoint-slides-to-slideshare?qid=e74460bd-5446-41d3-894b-37cffb952803&v=&b=&from_search=11

9. Blog Tour – Ask 10 or more bloggers to interview you as a guest. Stagger the interviews. Have one each day for a week or two weeks. Include one review or snippets from 3 reviews with an image of your book cover and a link to purchase your book.

10. Book Blitz on the day of your book release – Ask 10 or more bloggers to put a copy of the specialized Book Blitz notices (format similar to a news release) on their blogs.

Sample Book Blitz:

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards

New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz

11. Have a Book Launch Facebook or Twitter party

Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/

Lynne Hinkey. “Virtual Book Party” https://writerswin.com/virtual-book-party/

Katherine Mayfield. “Hosting a Book Launch Party on Facebook:” http://fundsforwriters.com/hosting-a-book-launch-party-on-facebook/

12. Create a book club study guide or teacher’s study guide for your book. Rob Bignell says this is a good way to entice book club members to buy copies of your book.

Sample Study Guide

“Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/

13. Make and distribute promotional materials: bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. You can print a coupon on the back of some of your business cards that say. If you’d like a free book, ask me for details. Willing to do a review – Free copy of book or something similar. Ask me: How can I get a free copy of your book?

14. Place a copy of you book in waiting rooms. Rob Bignell says to write a note inside your book that says, “Please leave for others to enjoy.”

15. Get your book into at least 2 local bookstores. If you or your publisher does not have a return book policy, you may want to see if local bookstores or businesses related to the subject of your book would sell your books on consignment. If your publisher has a return book policy, it will be easier to get your books on the shelves in a store.

16. Have a book signing event. Do a reading or a presentation. Mingle with the people in the store. 

17. Have contests to win copies of your book or give away copies of unpublished writing.

18. Do a joint venture advertising campaign with 2-4 other authors with similar subjects or genres or who live in your area or travel together to different states.

19. Ask your readers to write, call, and visit your local library and ask them to order your book. Make sure your ISBN number is on your business card or on your website.

20. Write articles for organizations, newspapers, blogs, ezine articles, HubPages. Rob Bignell says they pay freelance writers for writing. Perhaps they will allow a byline and add the title of your book, a book cover image, and a link to purchase it.

21. Set up a Google Alert for you book title, book subject, and your name. They will email you daily or weekly articles that contain the words you designate. This may help you find blogs or magazines with articles about your subject. Then you can pursue writing for them, doing a guest blog, etc.

Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/


  1. Advisory HQ. “Top Free Press Release Distribution: https://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/top-free-press-release-distribution/
  2. Authors’ Community. “Marketing Your Books:” http://authorscommunity.net/category/marketing-your-books/
  3. Blog: Books on the Knob. “List of free books, coupons for Amazon:” http://blog.booksontheknob.org
  4. Book Enthusiast Promotions. “Release Day Event:” http://www.bookenthusiastpromotions.com/release-day-event/
  5. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  6. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
  7. Caitlin Muir. “89 Plus Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life:” http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/
  8. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series) ebook https://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Book-Promoter-partnering-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B005G5L3DC/
  9. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career:  https://www.amazon.com/Great-Reviews-Frugally-Ethically-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B01MQCKRF5/
  10. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/
  11. Daniel Newman. “Here Are 12 Must-Use Apps for Marketers:” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246047
  12. Danny Iny. “7 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Author:” https://www.inc.com/danny-iny/7-book-marketing-lessons-for-the-self-published-author.html
  13. David Gaughran. Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing Book 2):  https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Visible-Noticed-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00CPQ6YYI/
  14. Erin Bowman. Publishing Crawl. “How to Support an Author Beyond Buying Their Book:” http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/04/20/how-to-support-an-author-after-buying-their-book/
  15. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  16. Debbie Ridpath Ohi. “Want to support an author’s or illustrator’s new book but can’t afford to buy it?” http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html
  17. Derek Haines. “What’s the Best Way to Promote My Self-Published Book:” https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/whats-the-best-way-to-promote-my-self-published-book/
  18. Diana Urban. “119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales:” https://insights.bookbub.com/book-marketing-ideas/
  19. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  20. Enticing Journey Book Promotions. “Release Day Blitz:” http://www.enticingjourneybookpromotions.com/p/release-day-blitz.html
  21. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/08/authors-boost-book-marketing-with-these-5-apps/
  22. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/03/27/marketing-your-first-book-graham-storrs/
  23. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  24. HubPages. Search for writing gigs. HubPages. 
  25. Huffington Post. “The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html
  26. “Indie Authors: 17 Book Marketing Tips to Sell More Books:” https://www.amarketingexpert.com/indie-authors-17-book-marketing-tips-to-sell-more-books/
  27. iuniverse. “10 Tips for Marketing Your Book:” https://www.iuniverse.com/Resources/Book-Marketing-Self-Promotion/10TipsForMarketingYourBook.aspx
  28. J.C. Saucedo. “20 Book Marketing Tips and Tactics for Self-Published Authors:” https://blog.placeit.net/20-book-marketing-tips-tactics-self-publishing-authors/
  29. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 1: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/01/03/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-one/
  30. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 2: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/02/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-two/
  31. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 3: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book): http://writersrumpus.com/2014/03/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-three/
  32. Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/
  33. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  34. Joanna Penn. How to Market a Book Third Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Market-Book-Third-Joanna-Penn/dp/191210587X
  35. Joan Y. Edwards. (Book Blitz) “Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/joans-elder-care-guide-empowering-you-and-your-elder-to-survive-by-joan-y-edwards/
  36. Joan Y. Edwards. “New Book? Spread the Word with a Book Blitz:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/new-book-spread-the-word-with-a-book-blitz/
  37. Josh Funk. “How Can You Help an Author?” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/how-can-you-help-an-author-im-so-glad-you-asked/
  38. Josh Funk. “How to Buy a Picture Book without Buying a Picture Book:” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/how-to-buy-a-picture-book-without-buying-a-picture-book/
  39. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  40. Kimberley Grabas. “71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/promote-and-market-your-book/
  41. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  42. Mark Coker.  Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market Any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides 2)Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XR57PE/
  43. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:” http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  44. Monique Danao. “Four Simple Ways Free Lance Writers Can Find Gigs Fast:”  http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/find-new-writing-gigs-fast
  45. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets: http://www.pens.com
  46. New York Book Editors. “5 Tips for Marketing Your YA Novel:” https://nybookeditors.com/2017/08/5-tips-for-marketing-your-ya-novel/
  47. Nonfiction Author Association. “How to Get Book Reviews – 50 Resources to Generate Book Reviews:” https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/how-to-get-book-reviews-50-resources-to-generate-book-reviews/
  48. Pam Perry. “25 Tested Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors:” http://www.pamperrypr.com/25-tested-marketing-tips-for-self-published-authors/
  49. Press Release Log. https://www.prlog.org/
  50. Publicity Insider. “Special Report: The Ultimate PR & Publicity Secret:” http://www.publicityinsider.com/freesecret.asp
  51. Rachel Abbott. “Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Scams:” http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-scams/#
  52. Richard Ridley. CreateSpace blogger. “Social Media Swap:” https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/02/02/social-media-swap
  53. Rob Bignell. 7 Minutes a Day to Promoting Your Book [Kindle Edition]: https://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Day-Promoting-Your-Book-ebook/dp/B00B4XD6FI
  54. Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html
  55. Sandra Warren. “Tag Team Marketing – Authors Helping Authors (contains additional marketing information related to book stores, retail stores, and organizations):” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/03/tag-team-marketing-author-helping.html
  56. Sandy Smith Publicity. “101 Book Marketing Ideas to Promote Your Book:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/101-book-marketing-ideas-promote-book/
  57. Scholastic. Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide: “Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/
  58. Smith Publicity. “How to Hold a Social Media Contest:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/how-to-hold-a-social-media-contest/
  59. Tim Grahl. “Book Marketing Plan – The Definitive List:” https://booklaunch.com/book-marketing-checklist/ 
  60. Valerie Peterson. “Book Signings and Book Tours – A Reality Check for Authors:”http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublicity/fl/Book-Signings-and-Book-Tours-A-Reality-Check-for-Authors.htm
  61. Valerie Peterson. “Part 1 – Getting Your Book into the Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/How-To-Make-Booksellers-Love-You.htm
  62. Valerie Peterson. “Part 2- Make Booksellers Love You:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/Make-Booksellers-Love-You-P2.htm
  63. Valerie Peterson. “Part 3- Getting Your Book Into a Local Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/fl/Getting-Your-Book-Into-a-Local-Bookstore.htm
  64. Vistaprint.com. Business cards, post cards, posters, car signs, etc. https://www.vistaprint.com
  65. Writing Career. “Publishers and Magazines Ask for Stories. Help writers get writing gigs:” https://writingcareer.com/
  66. Zairmail.com. Direct Mailing lists, post card templates. http://www.zairmail.com/


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Celebrate Each Step You Take

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Please check out my books:
Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide published by 4RV Publishing

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Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017

“Joan’s Elder Care Guide – Reviewer’s Choice: Midwest Book Review, May 2017″ by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to Shawn Simon for reviewing Joan’s Elder Care Guide and to Midwest Book Review for putting her five-star out of 5 stars rating review in the May, 2017 Issue of Reviewer’s Bookwatch in the Reviewer’s Choice area.

Midwest Book Review, Reviewer’s Bookwatch, May 2017.

Reviewer’s Choice

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive
Joan Y. Edwards
4RV Publishing
2912 Rankin Terrace, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013
9781940310398, PB, $15.99, Page Count 176 pages, www.amazon.com
9781940310404, HC, $19.99, Page Count 176 pages, www.amazon.com

Shawn Simon, Reviewer

Copyright 2016 Aidana Willow-Raven and 4RV Publishing

Five Stars on a scale of 1-5

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive, by Joan Y Edwards, is a comprehensive handbook for those who are taking care of or may need to take care of an elderly person. So often when one becomes a caregiver to a parent or other relative, they are not at all prepared for the job at hand. Being unprepared can cause stress to the caregiver and to the person being cared for.

With Joan’s handbook, this stress, frustration, and exhaustion can be relieved. There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!

Of essential importance, is making sure your own needs are met. We often forget to care for ourselves when we are caring for a loved one. However we are no good to them, if we are not good to ourselves. What is sometimes difficult to think about are the financial issues to consider after your loved one has passed. Joan’s book discusses how to best handle wills, trusts, estates, and more. There is even a section on grieving our loved one.

I especially love the anecdotal stories she shares about her time caring for her feisty, witty elderly mother. Her experiences are what prompted her to write this book. She realized how much she needed to consider before deciding to provide full-time care for her mother. There did not seem to be a comprehensive guide to help her, so she decided to write her own. This is a book everyone should have if they may ever need to care for an elderly person. Joan Y Edwards has thought of everything!”

Read complete review at Midwest Book Review website: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/may_17.htm#rc
(If you go to the link, my book is about the 12th one. They are not numbered.)


Shawn Simon is author of soon to be releasedStepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms with 4RV Publishing: websitehttp://stepmomshawn.comStepmom Shawn/Facebook Page

Thanks again to Shawn Simon for reviewing my book for me. Thank you, dear readers, for reading my blog and leaving comments now and then. I appreciate you very much.

Here are the three people who left a comment between May 13, 2017 and May 22, 2017:
1. Linda Martin Andersen
2. Sarah Swan
3. Melanie Robertson-King

Random.org chose number 2. Therefore, Sarah Swan won a free copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Please send me your snail mail address, Sarah and I’ll send it to you.

Melanie Robertson-King offered to review it so I sent her a copy in the mail on May 24, 2017.

Reviews help others know that my book is a good buy and a worthy use of  time to read it. If you’re also willing to review it for me, please let me know: joanyedwards1@gmail.com.



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The Kirkus Review of Joan’s Elder Care Guide Is Fantastic

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“The Kirkus Review of Joan’s Elder Care Guide Is Fantastic” by Joan Y. Edwards

The Kirkus Review of Joan’s Elder Care Guide is now available to view on their website. I believe it is fantastic. I am very thankful. Here are two excerpts:

“A compact resource that addresses the typical concerns of those who care for the elderly.”— Kirkus Reviews

Overall, the book is strongest when the author shares tips from her own experience providing in-home care and when discussing communication—between the caregiver and elder, with health providers, and with substitute caregivers. In these moments, she effectively shares practical methods and systems that worked for her. The prose is conversational in tone, breezy at times, but clear throughout; readers who have already used hospice care, for example, will find her descriptions spot-on. She approaches every discussion, from relationships to religion, in an inclusive, nonjudgmental manner, and her hard-earned empathy shines through.”— Kirkus Reviews

To read the rest of the review and comment go to: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/joan-y-edwards/joans-elder-care-guide/

Joan’s Elder Care Guide

Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive

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Charlotte, NC 28209


Joan Y. Edwards, author of Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive, invites you and your friends to her book signing at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Meet Edwards and sign “Thinking of You” cards for residents at Elmcroft of Little Avenue, Alzheimers-Dementia Unit in Charlotte, NC.

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Flip Flap Floodle: A New “Classic” Nursery Tale Review by Petre Pan

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Flip Flap Floodle: A New “Classic” Nursery Tale Review by Petre Pan

Reblogged from Petre Pan’s blog “…and then, I shall write a book, about my adventures.”

Hey guys! I just got finished reading Flip Flap Floodle by Joan Y. Edwards, a sweet little children’s story for reading aloud to preschool/nursery age kids. It features a little duck who plays a flute, which is a pretty cute idea for a protagonist. The little duck meets many different kinds of people along his journey to musical greatness: those who are too busy with their own song to pay attention to him, those who recognize his talent and encourage him–and those who eat him.

Wait, what?

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Thank you, Jen (Petre Pan) for giving Flip Flap Floodle a rave review! So glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for being a long time follower!

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11 Ways to Get Good Reviews for Your Books

How to Get Good Reviews for Your Books Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“11 Ways to Get Good Reviews for Your Books” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the third in a series of blog posts about reviews and reviewers. I hope you find it useful.

Due to technical difficulties, my interview with Stephanie Barko will be delayed for a while. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Many times the publisher will get reviews for your books. They may pay someone to do a review of your book. Many resources say authors shouldn’t pay for reviews. It’s up to you. Study and decide for yourself.

Authors will help themselves sell books if they set out to get at least 25 reviews. The more favorable reviews you get, the better your book looks to those who are studying your book’s reviews to help them decide to put down their money to buy online. Even if they plan to buy it in a bookstore, they will probably check the online reviews. Many people who are avid readers belong to Goodreads. Amazon bought Goodreads. Goodreads members are noted for creating a large buzz for books they love. You’ll want reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Amazon Prime members don’t pay for shipping. Barnes & Noble club members don’t pay for shipping. If people order a book from a Barnes and Noble bookstore in person, usually they don’t charge for shipping.

How can authors find people to do a review for them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Goodreads? Here are my thoughts after reading the articles in the resources area plus others.


  1. Write a good book.
  2. Tim Grahl says that when you make meaningful relationships with people showing you care about them and they care about you, then they will want to want to buy your book and share it with their family and friends.
  3. Almost all the resources I read tell authors to make online connections: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. (Choose three for your focus. Ask the followers of your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google Plus, or other Social Media, “Are you willing to do a review of my book for me? Would you do one for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads?”
  4. Ask bloggers that you follow if they’ll do a review on their blog. Many times they’ll also post their review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.
  5. Tell potential buyers: If you’re willing to do a review for me, I’ll be glad to give you a paperback copy or Ebook copy. I know sometimes life may interfere. When you give someone a review copy, you can’t control whether they actually do the review or not. Be ready to accept that they may do a book review for you, but they may not do a book review for you.
  6. If someone buys a copy, tell them you’ll give them another copy if they write a review for you.
  7. Check Amazon’s top reviewers list. Many reviewers list their email address or website  which may have their contact information. This is tedious to find out which ones do books like yours.
  8. Ask for reviews on the Amazon Forum for Authors http://www.amazon.com/forum/
  9. Ask people in your critique group.
  10. Both Amazon and Goodreads offer ways for you to do Giveaways. With Amazon’s giveaways, you can designate how many people have to respond before Amazon selects a winner or you can designate that the first 5 people to sign up win a copy of your book.  You can make a condition that they do a review or they follow you on Twitter. With Goodreads, you send the autographed copy of the book to the winner. So you can personalize it. With Amazon Giveaways, you pay for the book and the shipping. So the winners do not receive an autographed copy of your book.
  11. When you are giving presentations, ask anyone in the audience who might be interested in doing a review to stop by and see you afterwards.

I’m sure there are many more ways. These are enough to get your started. Brainstorm others. I listed eight resources to help you do a more in-depth study. I put five asterisks by number 8, as I believe it’s the most outstanding of all the ones I listed. I believe you’d enjoy most.


  1. Book Promotion Hub “Three Simple Ways to Get More Book Sales from Goodreads:” http://www.bookpromotionhub.com/6199/3-simple-ways-to-get-more-book-sales-from-goodreads-marketing
  2. Empty Mirror Books, “Ten Ways to Find Reviewers for Your Self-Published Book:” http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/publishing/10-ways-to-find-reviewers-for-your-self-published-book.html
  3. Goodreads. “Author Program-use Goodreads to Promote Yourself and Your Books:” https://www.goodreads.com/author/program
  4. Jodie Renner “Using New Amazon Giveaway to Promote http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2015/03/using-new-amazon-giveaway-to-promote.html
  5. Megan Marrs. “Amazon Reviews:” www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/04/10/amazon-reviews
  6. The Washington Post. “Why Amazon bought GoodReads:” http://www.bookpromotionhub.com/6199/3-simple-ways-to-get-more-book-sales-from-goodreads-marketing/
  7. Tim Grahl. “How to launch your book with at least 25+ Amazon reviews:”  http://timgrahl.com/amazon-reviews/ 
  8. *****Your Writer Platform, “Get Reviews for Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/get-reviews-for-your-book/

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. Let me know your ideas for getting good reviewers for your books. Click below and scroll down to the bottom to tell me your ideas for how an author can get someone to write a review for a book.


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“Characters Must Show Growth and Change:” Interview with Sarah Maury Swan, Author and Reviewer

Sarah Maury Swan, Author and Reviewer

Sarah Maury Swan, Author and Reviewer

“Characters Must Show Growth and Change:” Interview with Sarah Maury Swan, Author and Reviewer – by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the second in a series of blog posts on Book Reviewers and Book Reviews. My goal is to discover what makes book reviewers tick and learn the skills that writers need to keep reviewers reading until the end.

Thank you, Sarah Maury Swan for agreeing to let me interview you.  What an honor it is to have you with me on my blog!

You’re welcome. Let’s begin.

1. Where were you born?

I was born on May 29th, 1941, in the base hospital at Ft. Lewis, Washington. That was supposed to be the day my father left for duty on Bataan, Philippines, but the army gave him two extra days. I was due in June after my mother moved us all to Los Angeles, CA. But, instead of being nine months pregnant and the mother of three other children, Mother had to move four of us, all under the age of six. I think it helped that all four of us had flame-red hair and that Mother was a beautiful natural platinum blonde because we evidently had lots of people helping us along the way.

2. Where was your favorite place to live as a child?

Garrett Park, Maryland. Although I liked where we lived in L.A., we were only there six years. So most of my life was spent in Maryland. Garrett Park is a charming little town nestled in amongst much more bustling places, such as Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland.

It’s on the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) railroad line to Washington, D.C. We kids took the train to D.C. and spent the day wandering around the city. Trips to the Smithsonian were great fun, or tramping around the Mall could always provide adventure.

Garrett Park is an incorporated town, one of the first in the state, with its own post office/general store. Walking there from my house took about 20 minutes, if we didn’t dawdle. It was a daily occurrence to pick up the mail. I liked being there early to watch Mr. Chamberlin catch the mail sacks as the train hustled by.

The streets are shaded by large oak and poplar trees and there were open fields in which to play. It’s still a quiet little enclave that many people have driven through for years and never even realized what a gem it is. The older houses are mostly Victorians, but there are smaller houses which are part of American architectural history. They’re single story houses, with a small attic and a basement. And the promise was that if you bought the smaller house, you got a Chevy to go with it. So they were called Chevy Houses.

As kids, we walked pretty much everywhere, which is a good way to stay in shape. The beginnings of Rock Creek ran along the eastern border of the town and we would mess around in the creek paddling boats the boys made and roasting hot dogs along the sandy shores. Dogs and kids all played together. Rock Creek, by the way, flows into D.C. and in the city there is a beautiful park that protects the creek as it flows from the DC/Maryland border and dumps into the Potomac.

This was a time when all parents kept watch over the children, which meant we had much more freedom. It was a great place to grow up. Later, we had our very own community swimming pool.

3. Did you have a favorite place to read a book as a child?

In the summer, I read on the screen porch because it was cooler. I shared a room with my sister, so privacy was a precious commodity. In nice weather, I climbed out our bedroom window and sat on the porch roof. My grandmother was head librarian at Garrett Park’s library. so we had constant access to books. Plus, Mother bought books for us. She read to us or we read to her. I remember reading poetry to her and on snowy days, we acted out parts of Shakespeare plays. I learned how to read with emotion and inflection because of that.

4. Where is your favorite place to read now?

I like to have plenty of light when I read and I like to be comfortable. So, in the winter, my favorite place is the living room sofa with the fireplace on. Because it’s just the two of us, the house is generally quiet. Dale plays music in his office/music room which adds to the serenity of our house. In the spring and summer, I like to read in our Carolina Room which has lots of natural light streaming in and a close up view of our bird feeders. Sometimes I like to read in our bedroom where we have an ancient chocolate brown recliner by the front windows. And, if the weather is cooperating, I like to sit out on the deck to read.

5. What is your favorite genre to write?

I especially like to write picture books because they challenge me to write succinctly and that skill makes my writing tighter no matter what genre I’m writing.

6. Tell us about your new book.

Terror's Identity by Sarah Maury Swan

Terror’s Identity by Sarah Maury Swan

My published book is Terror’s Identity. It is about a sixteen year old boy who has to go into witness protection with his mother and sister because his father is investigating a group of terrorists who are causing problems in the U.S. The terrorists target his family.

The book is selling quite well and getting very good reviews. I’m discussing doing a second printing run with the publisher. It is available from the publisher, www.sablebooks.org, Amazon, and from me at dale4sarah at suddenlink dot net.

7. How do you keep yourself physically fit?

Who says I’m physically fit? I do try to get to the gym several times a week, but some weeks that works out better than others. I also try not to eat junk food or too many cookies. My downfall is ice cream. I also play golf and kayak in nice weather. I have to be careful about too much exposure to sunlight since I’m so fair skinned.

8. If you go to an amusement park, which ride do you go to first?

I’m not a big fan of amusement parks. They’re loud and crowded. If I go, I’d prefer to ride the Merry-go-Round. Which ride do you ignore at all costs? When I was 11 or 12, I went with my sister and first cousin to Glen Echo amusement park and the three of us scrunched into one car on the roller coaster ride. My sister and cousin each weighed about 160 pounds and I weighed about 80 pounds. They put me in the middle, so every time the car headed down a hill, their thighs spread out and popped me right out of the seat. Never liked roller coasters since!

9. Do you love the beach or the mountains best?

I lean slightly toward the mountains because I like the majesty and wonder of them, along with the serenity of the wind whispering through trees. Riding a horse in the mountains is a thing of joy. But on the other hand, walking along the seashore and being lulled to sleep by the sound of breakers thumping onto the shore and shushing out to sea again is very soothing.

10. What genres do you prefer not to read or review?

I’m very tired of reading dystopian fantasy. I’m not fond of reviewing girly-girly snarky fashion stories or heavy-handed teen angst.

11. What are three of your favorite books?

Oh my, only 3? When I was growing up, I’d pick Wuthering Heights and books by Jack London and Mark Twain. I liked horse stories, especially those by C.W. Anderson.

Of the modern books I’ve reviewed, I’d choose: Forever Changes, Want to Go Private? and One Silver Summer because they are well written with compelling characters and set in easy to picture settings.

I have a couple of interesting personal anecdotes about Jack London and Mark Twain. My paternal grandmother, Grandmaury, had an intense dislike for Jack London personally, though she did admire his writing. She felt he was leading my grandfather astray when they were friends in San Francisco. My maternal grandmother, Granny, did not like Mark Twain personally because when Twain got in trouble during his travels in Europe, my great grandfather, Naval Attaché to Kaiser Wilhelm, had to go bail Twain out. Granny did like Twain’s writing.

12. Where is your favorite place to visit?

I especially like visiting Scotland because part of my heritage is there, but I also like visiting places in the U.S. The Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is beautiful. Dale and I tend not to like cities, though a three day trip to the Big Apple is always fun. I don’t like crowds and lots of noise.

13. When did you decide to become a book reviewer?

It seemed like a good way to see what editors and publishers were buying in the way of children’s books. I enjoy the mix of styles I get. Generally Emily Griffin from The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (http://www.clcd.com/#/display/1),will send me two or three picture books and a middle-grade and YA selection. I do get frustrated by the number of writers who have no understanding of American-English grammar and I don’t like stories that have to do with self-centered “Valley Girl” types. There are so many talented writers who struggle to be noticed and who have original stories that go unread. Probably, it’s jealousy on my part.

14. Where can we find your reviews?

The books are sent to me by Emily Griffin at The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database five books at a time. I have a month to read and review them. Emily is always looking for new reviewers (eggriffin@gmail.com). I get to keep the books and do with them as I please. After the reviews are posted on CLCD, I may post them anywhere. The best place to see my reviews is on my blog, http://sarahsbookreflections.com.

15. Do you charge for your reviews?

I haven’t set up a system of doing reviews for authors other than those whose books are sent to me by CLCD. But, now that you mention it, maybe I should start reviewing other people’s books.

16. Who or what has inspired you the most?

My mother and my grandmothers inspired me a great deal. My mother, in particular, since she was widowed during WWII, and also lost her father and one brother. But she didn’t let that stop her. During the war, she worked at Lockheed and was promoted to Tool and Dye Designer. She was the first woman to have that position and since she was also beautiful and a war widow she was used as a “Rosie the Riveter” type on the posters and other promotional activities to encourage people to help with the “War Effort.” When the war ended Lockheed fired her, so “a man coming home from the war could support his family.” Never mind that she needed to support her family. Anyway, she showed a lot of grit during her life. She loved to read and sew and act in little theater productions. After she retired, she took up painting and sculpting. She was also very bright, having gotten her B.S. from M.I.T. because her father was stationed in the Boston area. She was one of three women in the whole school. Her degree was in physical chemistry.

17. What has been the most exhilarating moment as a reviewer and as a writer?

That’s easy. When I get a book that I can’t put down, that tells a story so provoking I can’t get it out of my heart. As for exhilarating moments as a writer, when a character pops into my head and starts telling her or his story.

18. What are five main ingredients of a good book review?

As with a good critique partner, a reviewer should start and end with something positive to say about the book. Sometimes that’s easy to do, but sometimes I have to think about it and use my diplomatic skills. There is always a nugget or grain of good in any book. Each reviewer goes about the review differently, but it is important to give the gist of the story and a feeling for the characters. I like to let the tone of the book set the tone of my review. If it is a humorous picture book, use humor in how you describe it. If it is written in rhyme, try to keep that rhythm going. For an older audience, try not to be judgmental about what the characters are doing. For the CLCD, if possible, I must give an idea of how the teacher or librarian could find teachable moments in the book. For instance, in Swim that Rock, I learned a great deal about commercial clamming and about quahogs in particular. So I made note of the commercial fishing information at the end of my review so teachers could use that information for classroom discussion.

19. How can authors get reviews for their books?

If a trade publisher is putting your book out, that marketing department will send out copies to reviewers and The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database(CLCD), or some other such organization. If you’re going it alone, there are lists of freelance reviewers who might review your book. Some charge a fee, but others get a fee from whomever publishes the review. For children’s book writers, check out the SCBWI website and you’ll find a list of freelance reviewers.

20. What are three things that a book must do to entice readers to read to the very end?

For me, I must have sympathy/empathy for the main character and a feel for where the story is taking place and a feel for the atmosphere of the story. The character must show growth and change. Books that come to mind, other than the ones I mentioned earlier, are National Velvet, Of Mice and Men, Sometimes a Great Notion, The Book Thief and the one I’m reading at the moment, The Nightingale.

21. As a reviewer, does research play a part in your reviews?

Seldom, but if the story doesn’t ring true for the area or time period, I might do a little research. My sister stopped reading Charles Frasier’s Cold Mountain because one of the characters ate an apple variety that hadn’t been developed yet.

22. What kind of books are you interested in reviewing?

I have only reviewed children’s books because that’s my own writing interest, but I could probably review grown-up books as well. I do review non-fiction because I write some.

23. How should authors or publishers contact you if they would like for you to consider doing a book review for them?

Please contact me at dale4sarah@suddenlink.net

24. How do you decide which books you’ll review?

Since I’ve only reviewed books that are sent to me by Emily Griffin with The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. I have to review each book she sends whether I like it or not. If I were to review other books, my criteria would be that the grammar be good; that the book be professionally edited by someone other than the author’s family; that the book look as if the author took the time and/or money to have a professional looking cover produced; and that the first 5 pages grab my attention.

25. Do you post your reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads as well as on your blog?

I just joined Goodreads and intend to post my reviews there. I do review books that I’ve bought through Amazon, but I’ve never done reviews through Barnes and Noble.

26. Do you have any advice for people who may be interested in “self-publishing?”

For anyone interested in “self-publishing” a book, be sure to check out the publishers on sites such as “Preditors and Editors” at http://pred-ed.com/.  I highly recommend my publisher, http://sablebooks.org

27. How can others connect with you on social media?

I have a Facebook page and at LinkedIn page.


Sarah Maury Swan’s articles and letters have appeared in many magazines, newspaper and literary journals. The first chapter of Terror’s Identity was published in the 2014 Shoal, after placing first in the fiction category of the Carteret Writers contest. She is also the editor of Carteret Writer’s Write Stuff newsletter.

Recent transplants to lovely New Bern, N.C., Sarah and her handsome devil husband generally enjoy retirement by playing golf, kayaking, and giving house concerts featuring well known folk/blues singers. They do miss the horses and dogs they nurtured in Maryland, but Kilroy, the cat, gets as much attention as he wants. Their children come to visit when they can get away from work.

Published books:

Terror's Identity by Sarah Maury Swan

Terror’s Identity by Sarah Maury Swan

Terror’s Identity At sixteen life is hard enough, but for Aidan Knox add the extra problem of becoming a different person in an unfamiliar city. How will he remember his new persona, cope with the danger his family is in, and find someone he can trust?

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to interview you, Sarah. 

Thank you for reading this interview. Sarah and I would love to hear from you.



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What Makes a Book Reviewer Tick? Interview with Page Inman

Page Inman, Book Reviewer

Page Inman, Book Reviewer

“What Makes a Book Reviewer Tick? Interview with Page Inman” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is the first in a series of blog posts about what makes a book reviewer tick and how writers can entice reviewers to read to the very end.

Thank you Joan for this opportunity to introduce myself and my blog As The Page Turns.

You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure to share ideas from the mind of a book reviewer! You provide a wonderful service for readers, authors, and publishers.

Thank you very much. I’ll tell you a little about myself.

I am a retired librarian who lives in NC and I started the blog in 2010 to share my love of reading with others. I was born in Georgia, but have lived in NC most of my life. I am the fur mama of 4 cats. I love reading and have been an avid reader since childhood. My parents are readers and nurtured that as I was growing up. I always wanted to be a librarian since the age of 13 and was lucky enough to do it for over 25 years. I believe that reading can take you anywhere you want to go for little or no cost. I get a lot of my books at the library or at used bookstores.

What genres do you like to read?

I like to read thrillers, suspense, fantasy, sci fi, historical, non-fiction, and some romance.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have too many authors to pick just one favorite. I like Margaret Atwood, Steve Berry, Nevada Barr, Terry Pratchett, Paul Christopher, just to name a few.

Where can people find your reviews? 

You can find my reviews at http://asthepageturns-page.blogspot.com/. I don’t do advertising on the blog because I just want to highlight the books and to keep things simple. I don’t have a system for which books I review. I only review those I want to share. I like to highlight indie authors.

Do you do digital book reviews?

I don’t do digital books, as I like the smell and feel of a real book.

Do you charge to do a book review?

I do not charge to review your book. I may not review all the books I receive because I didn’t like the book, or I didn’t finish the book. I don’t do negative reviews because I only want to be positive. If I don’t like the book for some reason, I’ll contact the author and explain it to them without embarrassment.

Here are three of your reviews that I liked:

  1. Sunshine Beach
  2. American Dermish
  3. Violins of Venice

How can authors and publishers contact you to see if you’ll do a book review for them?

You can visit my blog to see how to contact me. I hope you visit my blog and share your reads with me and my readers.

Happy Reading!

I hope you’ll leave a comment for Page Inman. 


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