*** SPECIAL FEATURE - October'12 ***
“The characters in Stay Tuned grab hold and demand you live the story right along side them.”
- Emlyn Chand, Author, Farsighted
"Loved it and you will too. The book will draw you in and leave you wanting more."
- Anne Richter, WWNY-TV Anchor
Guest Post: I Heart Reviewers! (And why you should, too...)
In May 2012, when Dancing Naked in Dixie was first released, I contacted a very popular e-reader website that offers free book reviews for Indie Authors. As you can imagine, the competition is fierce, reviewers are swamped, and a reply back can take several weeks.
I was fortunate. Shortly after submitting Dixie, a reviewer offered to read my novel in about eight weeks, meaning sometime in July 2012. I gave an enthusiastic 'yes' and waited for a response.
As it turns out, the reviewer really liked my novel. She wrote an excellent review and cross-posted to other sites. When I inquired about getting a feature on the site, I was told that I needed to speak to the "head" person, as she was JUST a reviewer.
This stopped me cold. Just a reviewer? Aghast, I wrote back..."What do you mean? I value the work and thought you put into the review of Dixie. I really appreciate the extra time and effort it took to post it on Amazon, BN.com, and GoodReads."
Her response? "You wouldn't believe some authors."
This really had me thinking. And worried. And wondering. Are Indie Authors being snobs? Divas, even? Is it possible?
While I am certain that many Indie Authors are sharing the love and paying it forward, I'd love to hear about your experiences -- as readers and bloggers -- when an author approaches you to read her/his book and asks for a review.
What are your thoughts on reviewer etiquette and appreciation? What's okay? What's not? What bugs your or makes your heart sing?
I'd love to hear what works for you!
Lauren Clark is the author of Stay Tuned and Dancing Naked in Dixie. She writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets. A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends.
Now for the most amazing news! The Giveaway! Ms.Lauren Clark is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card. Yeah I know its amazing & I wish I could enter it myself. The number of books I could get for it!
So,what are you waiting for??? Go Enter NOW!!
1. There's only two compulsory entry to qualify for this Giveaway.
2. Please provide proper info & links in the Rafflecopter. I will be checking the entries - so no cheating please.
3. The Giveaway is open Internationally.
4. I will select the winner through Random.org on 31st October and will send an e-mail. They have to reply with their mailing address/e-mail id within 48 hours, or I will select another winner.
5. Please do not leave your e-mail id in the comment section.