Do you think it’s easy to find a book reviewer?

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not!

Some writers/bloggers indicate it’s easy to locate willing reviewers. I’m here to tell you it is not. No not easy at all.

I’m not sure if finding reviewers is different that finding people to review a children’s book.

While following all the tips I could find on getting a valuable review, I still found it difficult.


So what have I learned?

  • Don’t ask a quid-per-quo. You read mine, I’ll read yours.
  • Writers are busy writing. To stop and read my book takes time from their writing.
  • Blogs dedicated to book reviews are swamped with requests. I found most have a “no longer accepting” note on the blog.
  • Contacting a generalized and not to mention lengthy list from Amazon is exhausting. Results are a shotgun effect.
  • To move the needle and generate book sales, you need a lot of reviews.
  • My best source was my readers here at Jean’s Writing. I can’t thank Y’all enough!

What will I do next time?

  • List my book on blogs that connect readers with authors. Amazon frowns on this practice.
  • Use social networks more. Like Reddit, StumbleUpon as well as Twitter and Facebook to search for reviewers.
  • Google! I don’t know why I didn’t think of using this search engine for reviewers. I use it for everything else.
  • Reach out to friends, family and my readers here.

Click and read 10 places to find reviewers for your self-published book by 

Leave a comment and tell me which tips worked for your books? 

What things did you try that didn’t work?

Do you have any successful tips for getting willing reviewers?

Is a children’s book reviewer different from a fiction novel?


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Do you feel lost and unsure what to do next?

Happens to me every time I finish a big project!

Like the  A-Z Challenge that just wrapped up on April 30th. 

Nothing to do but wait as I sit biting my nails and waiting for my proof from IngramSpark.  I hate waiting. Now, I know what you’re gonna say– start something new and start it fast. But, I’m tired. Aren’t you? 

Reading blogs, commenting, posting, writing and pushing toward a deadline is exhausting. Part of me wants to open a carton of ice cream, turn on NetFlix and veg. 

But no rest for the wicked. So, here I am typing away and trying to motivate myself to move forward on another project.

What are you going to start now that the  A-Z Challenge has ended?

Back to blogging or have you started a new manuscript?

I’d love to hear about your latest WIP, do tell!

If you’re going to be in my neck of North Texas, be sure, stop by the Sachse Library and say hello at the Author Con on May 21st.

Author Con Flyer

In the meantime, the lights on and comments are now open.

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Do you know how to write like no one cares?

Like no one will read what you write? 

Continuing on with the A-Z Challenge:

W= Write

I know, I know that is easier said than done. But if you can pretend for just a little while and write whatever the hell you want I think the results might surprise you.

Writing the draft sets the writer free. Later during the editing and rewrite process comes the time to cut and care. 

This past year I finished a second children’s book and learned:

  • Pull up those big girl panties and write whatever the hell you want, because no one cares as much as you do.
  • Writing is hard if it were easy everyone would write a Best Selling Novel.
  • So might as well write whatever you want and forget about Best Seller Lists. Odds are not gonna happen.
  • Don’t worry about word count, not in the beginning. 
  • Write whatever you want because no one will read and reread  it as much as you.
  • Write whatever you want, but hire an editor.
  • Editors are a writer’s friend. Never publish without one.
  • Ditto on Beta Readers.
  • Don’t torture yourself about your writing. Your family’s got that covered.
  • Write for the love of writing, not for that first royalty check. Of course, dinner at Mickey D’s is a nice way to spend it.

Well the A to Z Challenge is over, sorry I didn’t make it to the finish. XYZ will have to make it another day. Congratulations to those who bravely persevered. 

It was wonderful to meet new people and once again learn new writing tips!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and talking.

The lights on and comments are now open.

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Great information ahead!

Better to Be a Mouse With a Backbone, Than a Lion With No Spine: On Writing Voice 
What Would Happen If You Wrote Like Nobody’s Reading? By Erin Kurup
Write Like No One Is Reading by Julie Frayn
Blog Like No One is Reading by Grechen Reiter
Write Like No One Is Reading BY: MANAL GHOSAIN –


Do you know how to Vlog?

Continuing on with the A-Z Challenge:


I’ve always prided myself on having an open mind. Always ready to learn something new. But for the love of all that is holy! I just don’t know if my brain can hold much more.

Our family used to have a running joke, don’t ask Mom – she doesn’t remember. To which I would respond, “I remember the important stuff. Unimportant stuff, I delete from my mind to make room for new stuff. A person only has so much gray matter.”

Okay, enough ranting. Deep breath and back to the subject at hand.

Vlogging? What the hell is Vlogging?

I’m still struggling with Instagram and Facebook.

And don’t get me started on learning about formatting a book for IngramSpark and CreateSpace. Geeze, bleed area. Picky, picky. Understanding the terms and applying them are two different things.

Now a writer should know how to produce an infomercial about writing or what people are saying about writing or about books or….

A Vlog is, a short, entertaining commercial, that doesn’t look like a commercial. Click to tweet.

It’s all about subtle product placement.

What do you do on a Vlog for 1 to 3 minutes? Anything you want.

Talk, dance, read, go about your day, or write as if no one was watching. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you don’t bore people to death.

In this instant, YouTube generation, they will click on to the next video before you can shout, “Wait.”

Yes, this year, I made room in my ever shrinking brain for something new called a Vlog.

Here’s what I learned.

  1. Vlogs are located on Youtube.
  2. Make your Vlog easy to find. Link it to your blog.
  3. A Vlog should last 1 – 3 minutes.
  4. You and your books are the product in a Vlog.
  5. A Vlog, above all else, must be entertaining.
  6. It is another media to introduce you to your readers.
  7. Like a blog, you must update your Vlogs and post consistently.
  8. Make it fun. If you don’t enjoy watching your video, no one else will. 
  9. Last but not least, I learned I’m not ready for Vlogging.

Have you jumped onto the Vlogging social media train?

Do you think Vlogging is a good platform for writers?

Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.

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Great information dead ahead!

Vlogging Anyone? By Jennifer Wilkov

Vlogging For Writers By LEENA NORMINGTON

What’s a Book Vlogger? By Shari Stauch

Why Authors Should Be YouTubers – Vlogging Advice From Lindsay Mead