I have a question only you can answer. Which isn’t saying much, since every question I can’t answer is one only you can answer, ‘you’ being the quintessential ‘not me’.
The question is this:
What reviewers do you think might be interested in reviewing the Knights and Necromancers series?
Any sort of fiction reviewer will do (blog, website, whatever) just as long as they do reviews and might not be averse to reading pulpish sword and sorcery.
I don’t mind if they’re critical. I don’t need a guarantee that they’ll like the stories, just some pointers to reviewers that are likely to give it a shot in the first place.
And if they do hate the stories I promise I won’t go apeshit online and just cry quietly in a corner of my flat. 🙂
What I’d like to do is the following:
- Build a list of reviewers (with your help).
- Go over their existing reviews and drop those who are inappropriate (e.g. only does epic fantasy or doesn’t review self-publishers).
- Then compose a personal query to each, based on what I’ve read of their available reviews, asking if they’d be interested in reviewing parts of or all of the series.
- The ones that reply with a yes get a copy of the stories they are interested in in the format they desire.
(I hope that sounds like a reasonable plan.)
If you don’t want to give me suggestions in the comments below you can send them to me on twitter or in email.
You help would be very much appreciated.
Before you go! The grand complete list of all available Knights and Necromancer stories everywhere. Unless otherwise noted, the ebooks cost $2.99 and the bundles cost $3.99.
Knights and Necromancers 1: Days of wild obedience.
- Free EPUB3 download
- Free mobi for older Kindles
- Free kf8 for newer Kindles
- $0.99 from Amazon.com
- £0.77 from Amazon.co.uk
- Free from iTunes
- Free from Kobo
Knights and Necromancers 2: Loot, kill, obey.
Knights and Necromancers 3: Breathe worms.
- Direct from me via Gumroad (a pack of both Knights and Necromancers 3 and 4)
I found this list very helpful when searching for reviewers:
A lot of clicking and a lot of discarding involved.
So far Big Al’s turnaround was the quickest in my opinion, they accept any genre and his review was objective.
I also tried Goodreads groups that make lists giving away free copies to those interested in reviewing. That didn’t work as well as I thought it would but I did get a couple of reviews that way.
Some reviewers are so overwhelmed by the demand they just can’t make it, then there are the others that won’t touch an indie book even with a long pole.
Ah, thanks for that link. It’s exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. 🙂
I keep meaning to push things more over on Goodreads but I’m a bit hesitant because I don’t use it personally. It’d be very easy to start annoying people without realising it. But I know that’s a bit silly since most people don’t expect anything from authors beyond just being polite, rational, and respectful.
I don’t blame reviewers for not reviewing self-publishers. There’s only so much time available and it’s the easiest way to cut down on the to-review list.
I wasn’t much into Goodreads either, had to force myself into it because there are so many people in there! I’d never push a recommendation on anyone, however, groups like Basically Books! and The Nexus make these lists to try and find reviewers for authors that don’t feel like you’re plugging your own stuff. Here’s the discussion on my book on Basically Books!, it’s already closed: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1088505-arr-67—the-caregiver-the-caregiver-1-by-astrid-cruz The moderators are super nice and since those who check on it are actually looking for books to read and review, it doesn’t feel like intruding. 😉
Cool. I’ll have a proper look at those. Worth a try.
I meant “I’d never push a recommendation on anyone” *facepalm*
Fixed it 🙂
SciFi guy might be a place to start. He’s been less active lately, but he might be interested. Bloggers BookSmugglers might also work for you. I do have a twitter list of Book Bloggers, so you could check out that list. It’s a bit romance oriented, but several review more widely. I loaned your book to a friend of mind who reviews and I can ask if she’d be interested in a formal review. You could try DearAuthor, as there are reviewers there might be interested, though it is a romance oriented site. (Still, there are reviewers there who are interested in non-traditional work, and I think yours falls into that with the f/f relationship.
Thanks so much. I’ll have a look at those blogs and your list. And super gratitude for spreading the word 🙂
I’ve been subscribed to DearAuthor for yonks but it honestly never crossed my mind that one of their reviewers might be interested. I’ll have a look through their archives tagged f/f and see if the series would fit there.