Do you care what others think when buying stuff? Buyers’ opinions are hard to avoid today as so many sales are online and reviews exist for just about everything from a banana slicer to a Knuckle Blaster 950,000 Volt Stun Gun. Check out some hilarious ones on Bored Panda. I don’t blame anyone who, in principle, switches right off the process now we get requests for feedback on every single thing we do. Dentists, hairdressers, customer support, etc now rely on them to build their business. Modern life. The same for authors and readers alike.
Book reviews are mandatory for sales. It’s Catch 22. Books with good reviews get promoted more. Apart from critics like The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, customer-led review outlets hold big sway. The best known are Amazon and Goodreads. And then there are blogs.
A book blogger is a person who shares their opinions on books with others via their blog. Most of them are unpaid and read for love and a free copy. But because of the number of authors they cover in their chose genre, they have a vast grasp on the market, what’s already out there or coming out, and a feel for what consumers will enjoy.
When a well-respected, busy book blogger endorses a book, it’s tremendous for an author. Here are a few who have recommended The Missing Activist and The Killing of the Cherrywood MP.
By The Letter Book Reviews. Sarah Hardy worked for a book publisher for two years before starting her own blog to share thoughts with other readers/bloggers/authors and publishers in her chosen genres. She is now a popular and productive blog tour operator for authors and publishers Review of The Missing Activist. @sarahhardy681
Avid Readers Retreat Lou’s blog is run from Northumberland. A top 50 Amazon reviewer, law graduate, and avid philosopher, here is her write up on mine in The Killing of the Cherrywood MP. @readers_retreat
Ginger Book Geek @Ginger_bookgeek Amanda Oughton is a red-headed bookworm who’s loved reading “since she was knee-high to a grasshopper” and comes from a bookish family. Her review of The Missing Activist.
Donna’s Book Blog Donna McGuire is an avid reader and reads hundreds of books each year. She started to review books sent to her through NetGalley in January 2015. Here’s her review of The Killing of the Cherrywood MP. @dmmaguire391
The Divine Write @thedivinewrite1 Caroline Venables includes Jo Nesbo, Mark Billingham, and Patricia Cornwell.amongst her favourite authors. She is active with local writers and readers’ groups. She works part-time AND also runs a full family so it delighted me she somehow found time to do these reviews on my books The Missing Activist
Jessicamap Reviews @jessmapreviews Jessica Robins (newly married) from Northern Minnesota.went to St. Cloud State University graduated with a triple major. When she’s not reviewing books (or supervising chocolate labradors) her job is managing the family business an hour from Minneapolis specialising in low and no sodium products online. Here’s what she had to say about The Killing of the Cherrywood MP.
Jessica Belmont Jessica Belmont is a writer who is working on her own debut novel. She’s had a passion for writing for over fifteen years and is finally pursuing her dream of being an author when she’s not reviewing other people’s novels like The Killing of the Cherrywood MP.@jessicaxbelmont
A Knight’s Reads. Claire started reviewing a couple of years ago through GoodReads and Amazon before the awesome enthusiastic #Crimebookjunkie herself Noelle Holten invited her to be guest reviewer and has not looked back. The Killing of the Cherrywood MP. @clairekreads
Thanks to all listed here. You can buy the books through any of their sites.
I hope to add to this list in due course.