The Reviews Are In

02/08/11 8:00 AM

July was a fun month.

I spent the bulk of it working on revisions for my second novel, What Happened in Granite Creek, which comes out in October. I was also on a virtual blog tour for Forgotten April, and, at the same time, the reviews started coming in fast and furious for da book.

I made a little video that recaps some of the highlights. It’s below (and if you’re reading this post via email, click here if you can’t see the video):

You can read the complete reviews by visiting the Forgotten April product page on Amazon, on B&N, or on Goodreads. Remember, it’s only 99 cents. So if you like women’s fiction (or if you know someone who does), consider checking it out. It’s also available in paperback.

Okay, end of shameless self-promotion. I’ll be back with some non-promotional posts soon — promise! A topic I need to cover is research, because something interesting happened in the 11th hour of my July revisions, and I think it’s important for both writers and readers to know about. Aaand I’ll be unveiling the cover art for What Happened in Granite Creek veddy, veddy soon, my pretties. I’m all sorts of excited about it and the book, which is quite a departure from Forgotten April.

What was that about stopping the self-promotion? Starting now!

Tell me what you did during your July.

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Posted by Robyn | in Book Reviews | 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “The Reviews Are In”

  1. Phil Says:

    Congrats on all the reviews! How did you pull it off? I emailed some 20 sites that reviewed books like mine, and 75% of them didn’t even reply. The four that did said they were curious but didn’t make any promises, and I haven’t heard a peep from them since June. So–very curious to learn about your successes!

  2. Robyn Says:

    Hiya, Phil. I highly recommend using BookRooster (http://www.bookrooster.com/). They act as your publicist (in a way) and get your book in the hands of people who are willing to read it and review it. Do a search on KindleBoards on “Book Rooster”, because there’s a thread that talks about it…some people don’t like the service, but I found it to be great. Like you, I also sent the book out to a bunch of reviewers…those reviews are starting to trickle in as well. I think the issue is so many of these folks are backlogged — many need three to five months (even more in some cases, like Red Adept). Make sure you ask readers to leave reviews as well (I have a blurb in the back of all my books reminding people they can do this, and that I welcome it). Hang in there…they will come…just takes some time. 🙂

  3. Ghenet Myrthil Says:

    Wow, I’m so impressed by that video! It’s looks amazing. Congrats on so many wonderful reviews! I like women’s fiction so I will definitely add FORGOTTEN APRIL to my list and let you know when I’ve read it. 😀

    As for my July, I took a break from my WIP after finishing my first draft. It was nice to take some time off but I’m excited to jump into revisions.

  4. Mike Says:

    A video blog tour is a good idea.