New Modifications on Amazon to Look Out For

It’s a good time to be independent. That’s part of the reason this site exists: to make sure authors know that it’s a good time to be independent and we’re here to help you make the most of it. And it’s about to get better: recent announcements from Amazon about modifications to ongoing programs are…

Writing Reviews

I enjoy writing reviews on my personal blog. Whether it be for a book, movie, or TV show, writing reviews allows me to give my own opinion on a particular work to a wider audience, as well as helping me to seem more like an authority on the subject when the work in question happens…

Can And Should You Ask For Reviews?

Lately it came up in a writer’s discussion group I belong to on Facebook about whether or not it was considered acceptable to ask friends and family for reviews. One author, who was new to the group, had written a novelette and published it on Amazon, but he hadn’t received any reviews for it yet….

Getting Reviews

I’m not an expert on how to get reviews, but I did track down two useful blog posts that I think are worth looking into: Ten Crucial Tips To Help You Get Your Book Reviewed  by Shelli Johnson and Seeking Amazon Book Reviews?  Don’t Ask Your Friends (5 Suggestions of What *to* Do) by Chila Woychik *** Word…

Battling over Book Reviews, Should it happen?

I want to start out by thanking those who have questions for using the SPAL question form to ask those questions. You guys have some really good questions and I have fun looking up the answers for the questions I don’t know and sharing the information I do know and don’t think to share because…

My 7 Tips for Book Reviews and Book Endorsements by Anita

I’m a book reviewer. My name isn’t Anita. It’s a pseudonym, so don’t start looking for me. I’m doing Steph a favor and nothing more. She asked me to write a post on author’s asking for book reviews and endorsements so they look more professional and less like an amateur hacks. My words, not hers….

Guest Post: Obtaining Reviews by Reena Jacobs

Guest Post by Reena Jacobs ___________________________________________ I come across quite a few indie authors with low sales. Let’s face it, low sales are the norm; big success is the rarity. In the end, majority of us remain in dismal obscurity. Even so, there are low cost methods authors can use to give their books a…

When to Reply to Reviews

It’s a pretty established rule in the world that you shouldn’t respond to negative reviews, but as Lauralynn Elliott asked, what about good reviews? Should you thank the reviewer? I was curios what everyone else thought about this. I think if it’s a review site, or someone you asked specifically to review your book, then you…

Outwitting Writer’s Block and Other Problems of Pen by Jenna Glatzer

  Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2003) Language: English ISBN-10: 1592281249 ISBN-13: 978-1592281244 “If you’ve ever found yourself staring at the blank page all day, or cleaning out the refrigerator for the fifth time in a week just to avoid seeing that taunting, blinking cursor, then you’ve experienced writer’s block….