As an indie author, I have a smaller marketing budget and word of mouth is very important. One of the best ways to convince readers to give my books a try is to show them reviews by other readers like them.
I’m not just talking about super-glowing reviews (though these are nice). I’m talking about honest, objective customer reviews that clearly lay out the good and bad elements of a given novel.
Negative reviews are not always a bad thing — it’s possible that reviewer didn’t like a certain element of the story that another person might love. By calling out what you don’t like, others can decide if that’s a deal breaker or a deal maker.
As an incentive for honest reviews, I have just launched my first novel We, The Watched on Story Cartel. For the next four weeks, you can download the complete eBook for free. When you write a review, you are entered into a contest at Story Cartel to win Amazon gift cards and other great prizes.
Update: Sorry folks, the Story Cartel deal is now over. However, you can still get We, The Watched for free on NoiseTrade! By downloading the book, you’ll also be added to my newsletter and receive updates on my writing and advance looks at upcoming stories!
If you have already read We, The Watched and/or Divided We Fall, I’d of course still love to hear what you think. Please leave a review on the website of the store you bought it, as well as Goodreads if you are a member.
As an indie author trying to expand his audience, I really appreciate all your help!