Reviews – Hard Truth

The reviews about The White Wolf Prophecy Trilogy on Amazon & Barnes and Noble are 100% real, and not bought.  So, why is that so important?

Bought reviews actually read like a canned response, and they also look as if they, like form letters, are “form reviews”.

That’s what amazes me. Authors know it’s hard to get reviews, and some will buy reviews.  There are several ways to get them.  And none are easy.   You have to find the balance of getting a #bookreviewer excited enough to want to interview you.  You have to become a serious business person.

  1. We can buy our way into a review.  That’s fine for some, but it isn’t for me.  I want people to read my books, and give honest reviews.  I just don’t feel that this is the right way, but I have no problems with others buying them. It’s just not my wish.
  2. Ask for a #bookblogger to review. While that is great, yours may not ever be picked, or they may be few.  You’re lucky to get any at all if you are a new author.  They want to read the books, but that can take a long time unless you are very lucky.
  3. Celebrities have instant access to TV & other media, and everyone knows how important their books are.
  4. There are only a few entities in the literary area who control which author(s) are on the bestseller list even though there are many great writers out here who go unnoticed. Unfortunately, they are left out depriving the readers of talent.

But, the amazing thing about most authors who are just trying to get their name & book(s) out there have a huge support group!  Using all forms of social media is their only option.  Even getting book signings can be difficult.  The stores would rather have celebs instead.  But even those are help control which they control.  Some bookstores refuse any at all!  

But how can we get our books out there when the already famous and others who dominate the #literary world? Those who choose which books and/or authors others should read?

#PR #Marketing ? Is there a real answer? We could hire a #publicist right?  If you can find one who will represent you, you’re lucky.  

But the truth is most of us realize that takes money, & we just don’t have it. 

That leaves us with our own endeavors, and hope that we get lucky to be noticed. 

But, I guess that leaves one thing…persistence and faith in what we have written. Without that, none of us would even have a chance!  I have never met such a large contingent of talented authors in one place who support each other!  In fact, of all the groups I have ever seen, authors are the most loyal in their support for other authors.

It is this loyalty and support that I am honored to even be in it!  It’s important for us to continue to support each other, and be persistent in our belief in our writings.  We are artists. We paint pictures with our words.  And, that is what makes authors great!

LK Kelley, author of The White Wolf Prohecy Trilogy.

http://firebird4554.wix.com/white-wolf-prophecy

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