Let’s talk a little bit about The Rave Reviews Book Club. I posted last Spring about my idea of joining a book club. I struggled with the idea, and then they had a sale. ($$$) The rest is history.
This club allows me to post three of my books on their website. This website is becoming a beacon for readers. It’s broken down into nice neat categories for searching ease. Searching on Amazon today feels a lot like the old pick a card trick. When you pick a category, Amazon pushes the biggest selling books at you first. A lot of fine fiction goes unnoticed.
RRBC doesn’t do that. You get a cover image, a blurb, and access to honest reviews on their website. The pool is smaller too, so my books are likely to gain more attention. (Hint: search in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal. It’s all one category and covers my ballpark pretty well.)
There’s a trade off to membership. I have to read and review four books by other members within one year. That’s only one per quarter, and I’ve met some wonderful people in the process. The cool thing is they have to follow the same rules. There’s a pretty good chance that my books are going to get reviews, and they have. (Good ones too.)
I don’t have an actual number, but it seems like you need about fifty sales before one of them leads to a review. These readers post reviews – all of them.
I’ve read and reviewed three books, and need to get another one read. It’s been fun, and I’ve found books that would have been buried in the digital warehouse otherwise.
This club isn’t like buying 5000 Twitter followers either. The members are fellow authors and prolific readers. The reviews are by folks just like me who struggle with characters and plot monsters. They understand the process.
They offer so much more though. I like the idea that members get back what they put in. There are a ton of other options, like an exclusive interview, books of the month with extra promotion, and an anthology you can write for. They push my books on social media.
My social media is limited to this blog and Twitter. I participate in the Twitter pushes, and was rewarded with my own Twitter push. They chose Panama for my push day.(linked cover on the right hand side) I know I reached over a million Twitter accounts with all the retweets that happened. I sold books too. Someone even picked up a copy of Arson during the push. Maybe Panama wasn’t quite his/her style. I’m happy either way.
My Twitter push “day” lasted a good ten plus days. These people really go all out. Authors with a broader footprint might benefit even more. The club also pushes on Facebook, Pinterest, and more.
So today is blog recruitment day. We aren’t pushing any one book today. We’re looking for new members. Blogging is a form of social media, and we’re all working our blogs today. Members are encouraged to visit all of today’s recruiting blogs and leave a comment. I’m going to get blog traffic out of this deal too. (Score!)
This is what they mean about putting something into the club. I’m participating in blog recruitment day; therefore, I could earn some goodwill toward one of the bigger promotional efforts. Who knows, maybe one of my books will be book of the month someday.
They’re going to ask who referred you, and I’d appreciate a mention.
Update: I was asked to include this voting link in my post. There is a contest going on, and I’m in the running for a spotlight author promotion. I’d appreciate your vote today.