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Author’s Media Kit – An Indispensable Component – Reviews, Interviews, and Ratings List

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The Whole Megillah in One Place

Everyone knows you can go to Amazon and Goodreads to see the reviews and ratings that readers  have given your book. What about the reviews that are written on blogs that don’t get moved over to Amazon or Goodreads? Isn’t a rating on Goodreads or on a blog a review of sorts?  Of course, it is. How about interviews on blogs? When they first appear on a blog, they may come to the attention of blog readers, but unless they show up on a Google search, they are probably lost to the random reader or buried in the slush pile.  On Goodreads, readers oftentimes give only a rating, and these are separated from the reviews, so interested readers need to go looking for them, or may never see them.

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Numbers Count

A listing of all of your reviews, interviews and ratings can be impressive to potential readers of your work, and be the basis for a purchase. Readers who see only reviews or ratings that appear either on Amazon or Goodreads, not together, can underestimate the extend to which you have been reviewed. In some instances, the number of reviews that you have is more important to readers than the  reviews themselves.

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English: Amazon warehouse in Glenrothes, Fife; source Michael Westwater (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A List to Click On

I have put together a listing of all of the reviews, ratings and interviews pertaining to my thriller novel A Bridge to Treachery, with links to the publications they appeared in.  It makes it easy for readers to see the breadth of Treachery’s exposure, and to follow links straight to the original source. Here it is: Reviews, Interviews and Ratings.

Do you make it easy for your potential readers to make their surface assessment of your book?

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  1. I’ve been working on this in bits and spurts. Right now I do have an about page on my blog, but I’ve also been pinning reviews, interviews, and guest posts to Pinterest. At a later date, I will collect them on a page for my website.
    Jeri recently posted..Author Interview: Michael CairnsMy Profile

    1. I found myself fretting about only having 17 reviews on Amazon. In some quarters this isn’t enough to qualify for inclusion in various promotional venues. I don’t think potential readers are going to wear themselves out searching around for your reviews. So, give them the whole list in one easy to see spot, say I. It’s taken me a while to get to this point, thinking I was tooting my own horn too much.

  2. Hi Larry
    Great post, thanks
    I couldn’t agree more, having these things in one place is really handy, for you and your readers. The challenge for me is keeping up with it all, in amongst everything else!
    Michael Cairns recently posted..The Book – Jackie part 1My Profile

    1. Thanks for your comment Michael. There is a lot of overlap between the sources of reviews. If all readers who decide to review just motored over to Amazon, it would be pretty simple keeping track of things, but of course, they don’t do that.

  3. Excellent! And what a beautiful website.

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