In sticking with my philosophy of “always try something new”, I started the launch of Revenge of the Brownie with the addition of my books to BookSprout, an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) service.
So far, I’m pleased.
Launch Teams That Don’t Review Books
I’ve tried the newsletter route, a Facebook group, and other paths to reviews. They didn’t work for me. My last launch with Caged ended in 1 review from a group of over 70 people. And many of those people downloaded the book, keeping it for free.
Frustrated with those methods, I decided I’d no longer give free books in exchange for honest reviews unless I have accountability in place. Many of my readers are accountable and just take their time. Those readers are allowed to have the free book with no concerns.
They get to it sooner or later.
But most weren’t reviewing. Fury should’ve had 70+ reviews by now from the old launch team. It’s somewhere around 25, and most came in from people not on my launch team.
Launch teams have great benefits for launching books, but there needs to be accountability when we have small teams without the reach of thousands of readers.
That’s where BookSprout comes in.
Reader Accountability Built Into a Review Service
This is a service for authors to upload their ARCs and get advanced feedback from readers on the platform. You don’t have to upload ARCs, though. You can upload any of your books from the past and the service actively encourages it along with reposting ARCs over time to get the maximum benefit from the reviewers engaged on the platform.
Utilizing the service for my newest book, I expect to have at least 15 reviews on launch day. That’s not much, but it’s more than previous attempts to get a launch team going.
I would’ve liked more reviews to come in at this point, but every author knows reviews are hard to get. There’s also another week before the reviews are due.
The system builds in accountability. They force readers to submit reviews to the platforms you select or be blocked and reported as a pirate—and not the cool, sword-wielding seafaring pirate like Captain Jack, the bad kind… the one that steals.
I guess seafaring pirates steal too… and Captain Jack… but I digress.
When the ARC date, typically your launch date for a new book, comes due, Booksprout reminds readers to review your book. They send emails with your links and ask them to validate the posting of their review. You can check to make sure they were posted and confirm it happened.
This provides accountability.
Accountability means we get our reviews rather than giving away free books while hoping the reviews come in. If the reader doesn’t review your book, they are penalized on Booksprout.
Readers get free books.
Authors get their reviews.
The perfect service for building those reviews necessary to promote your book.
Check it out at Booksprout.co
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In sticking with my philosophy of “always try something new”, I started the launch of Revenge of the Brownie with the addition of my books to BookSprout, an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) service. So far, I’m pleased. Launch Teams That Don’t Review Books I’ve tried the newsletter route, a Facebook
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