Thanks for listening to my interview!
On this page, you’ll find the resources I mentioned during the podcast. It was an honor to join you and I hope you found the information I shared helpful. I’ve got a few more tips to share here, and I hope you’ll connect with me on social media as well and keep in touch!
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Here’s to your success,
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Resources for Getting Honest Reviews
The best way I have found to get honest reviews is to build a dedicated list of reviewers. (We currently use TrafficWave for our e-mail lists.) In the book, “How to Get Honest Reviews” Shelley Hitz and I go step-by-step through setting up and building your own reviewer list. This book also covers who can review your book, seven proven ways to get reviews, and more. If you are serious about getting reviews for your book, pick up your copy today on Amazon.
We also offer all of our templates and checklists, along with some video tutorials in a the corresponding digital training. You can find out more here.
Facebook Review Groups
Below are some of the most active review groups I have found on Facebook, but know that activity depends on active participants. When posting in Facebook review groups, make sure to check the rules. Don’t spam, and don’t post and run. Make sure you get notifications if someone requests a copy of your book to review, and check your “other” box on Facebook frequently.
- Connecting Authors and Reviewers
- Writers, Readers, Researchers, and Reviewers
- Non Fiction Book Reviews
- Robot Review Club
- FREE eBooks — Reviews and Promotions
- CrossReads Reviewers
Important: Review exchanges violate Amazon’s terms of service. If you participate in a review group, it’s common courtesy to review books for others, but agreeing to review an authors book in exchange for them reviewing yours is dangerous territory.
My Favorite Facebook Groups for Authors
Christian Indie Authors – This is a group specifically for Christian authors. You don’t have to write Christian books, but you must be a Christian to join. It’s by far the best group I’ve ever been in. The give and take is AMAZING. They allow limited promotion and are great about supporting one another.
World Literary Cafe – This group has some AMAZING discussions for authors. If you have a question, the authors here will jump on it and you’ll have ten answers before you know what happened. There is ZERO self-promotion allowed though, and that makes it hard to get to know each other’s work.
The Indie Authors Group – This group is very active and the moderators keep it free from spam. They have a ton of rules to keep it that way though, so make sure to read the file and know what is and isn’t allowed. Of the groups listed here, I use this one the least though.
And More – The best author groups on Facebook will depend on your niche. The right groups for you will depend on what you write and your personality. We have a list of 60+ Facebook groups for authors here.
Other Helpful Resources
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3 Tips for Authors
1. Put your best book forward.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of being a published author. You may want to publish your book before it’s ready–either just to get it out there, or to start generating income. However, you’ll see far better success in the long run if you put the effort in to do it right.
2. Be yourself.
Readers want to know who you are. They don’t want you shoving your book down their throat, but if they come to know, like, and trust you, they will most likely pick up a copy of your book. And as long as you have put your best book forward, and it’s true to who they have come to know you to be, you can turn a follower into a fan.
3. Remember to dream.
Sometimes, somewhere along the way of becoming an author, we lose site of our dreams. Writing can become our job, or deadlines start to stress us out. We get a negative review and want to curl up and die. While our dreams are coming true, they turn into nightmares. It happens. I get that. I’ve been there. But the best way to keep living the dream a pleasant thing is to remember to dream. Stop checking things off your to-do list and enjoy every moment while looking forward to what is yet to come. Celebrate your successes and plan for more to follow.
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Listen to More
If you enjoyed my interview, you may also enjoy listening to these other podcasts that have hosted me:
The Writing Coach with Kevin T. Johns
Write 2B Read with Ani Alexander
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