We all know that book reviews, whether by traditional media, review sites or book bloggers, are key to reaching more readers. But did you know it’s also true that having more individual reader book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads can make your book stand out and be taken more seriously, too? Just take a look at this infographic we’ve been seeing on Facebook:
To this end, we’re conducting an experiment. Any author member of the WWW tribe can request to join our new Facebook Group: WWW Book Review Forum and post their own book title and description there (and how they’d like other authors to communicate with them). Then, you can choose books you’re willing to read and review by other authors on the forum.
By posting a book:
You’re agreeing to let other member authors read and review your work, and to provide a complimentary digital edition of your book to members who request it.
By requesting a book:
You’re agreeing to offer an open and honest review to the author and post to the book’s Amazon and Goodreads pages, as well as other places you may post reviews (such as your own site, Twitter, Google+ groups, Facebook, etc.)
This is not a “reciprocal” arrangement. Meaning, you don’t have to agree to read an author’s book because they’ve agreed to read yours, which can violate review site rules. Rather, this is a place where authors can feel safe sharing a digital edition with another author for an honest review.
The mission (should we choose to accept it!) is to promote books to each other and increase our own reviews, while enjoying a fun read here and there for ourselves and helping those authors increase their reviews.
We’ve kicked it off making members of just a few of our authors, so CLICK HERE if you’d like to join the fun. We’ll only approve fellow author tribe members of WWW. We’re keeping the group “closed” to just you, as we don’t want the number of people requesting your books for free to get out of control, but still want a healthy number of authors there so you can all get to your target number of reviews!
Happily, you belong to a tribe of authors that writes everything from children’s books to literary fiction, non-fiction self-help to genre fiction, and lots in between. The more authors who join in the fun, the more variety you’ll each have to choose from to review.
In the spirit of the holiday season – perhaps the best gift we can give each other is a bit more attention for our hard work…