My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Kellie Sheridan’s Tips Tools & Tactics: For Getting Your Book Reviewed is a small e-book of 33 pages that tells you how to make reviewers and book bloggers read and review your book. Its target readers are obviously budding authors or those who would want to self-publish their books. The suggestions and strategies included in this book will obviously be of little or no help to experienced writers or even those who have not yet published but already know a great deal about the world of book publishing by either working in that industry or as editors or reviewers. For them this book may offer nothing new. If you are already a published author and work with well-known publishing houses, you won’t need this book.
Tips, Tools & Tactics enlists fifteen strategies to get your book read and reviewed by the right people. These strategies are dealt with in separate chapters and at the end of each chapter, the strategies are rated in terms of 1) Effort (that is required to be made to execute the strategies), 2) Average Results and 3) Potential Results.
The first few chapters of Tips, Tools & Tactics deal with why book reviews are important, the importance of the Book Cover and how a great cover attracts readers, how to use the services of early readers or beta readers, why it is essential to appoint editors, publicists/marketers and author assistants as well as the importance of formatting and design. Later in the book we are told about how to offer titles to review sites like Kirkus, NetGalley or Edelweiss and to local newspapers and magazines, the importance of blog tours, signing up of reviewers, sending direct emails to book bloggers, using social media sites dedicated to book reviews such as Goodreads and LibraryThing and engaging with other authors and the literary community.
Thus, Tips, Tools & Tactics explains for the new writers some of the ways in which they can get more exposure for their titles before and immediately after the book release and it provides all these in a nutshell. One can read the book from cover-to-cover in less than an hour and get a fair idea of what to do before a book release. Such knowledge may help a new writer to make plans well in advance and save both time and energy while successfully providing decent publicity for their new books.
The book is recommended with one caveat though. Some of the chapters are too sketchy and this small booklet is not free from spelling or syntactical errors which give the impression that the information is hurriedly assembled and the book is hastily written. Two examples of such errors:
“……..reviews before your book has even been published, but don’t worrky, not doing so isn’t going to end your career before it even begins.”
“………………..because the interior book didn’t live up to the professionalism promise of the cover.”
One hopes that in the next edition of this booklet, such errors will be rectified. After all it is written with writers in mind.
[Tips, Tools & Tactics For Getting Your Book Reviewed; Kellie Sheridan; Weapenry; Kindle Edition]