Blog Recruiting Day

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.

If you think this might be the club for you, check them out. This is their FAQ, and this is the link to join.

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.

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49 responses to “Blog Recruiting Day

  1. That’s so cool! But then, so are you! (Even despite the airline guys playing with your undies.) πŸ™‚

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  2. I will look into it, Craig – do I have to have books written already though? I have one in its infancy… but I do read! πŸ™‚ If I join, you can be sure of both a review (of Arson) and a mention… xx MH

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  3. Craig, I simply loved your post! If I wasn’t already a member, I’d join because of YOUR post! Thank you for all the kind words (yes, they are all true) but you put a lot into this post, and it shows. Good luck today!

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  4. Thanks for the great post! I’m so glad the club had such a positive effect on your sales and visibility, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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  5. Well-written post, Craig! I would certainly be more swayed to join after reading your post today. You broke it down into terms that even the least well-read person can understand. Great job!

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  6. harmonykentonline

    What a well-written and thoughtful post, Craig! It would definitely make me want to join if I wasn’t already a member! πŸ™‚

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  7. I voted. I don’t think I’ll advertise any unwritten or partially written work. Heaven knows how long anything will take me to complete it!

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  8. Great post, Craig. If I wasn’t already a member, this would persuade me to join.

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  9. Lots of information and presented very nicely.

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  10. Reblogged this on Shirley McLain and commented:
    I joined this club also and sure don’t regret it.

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  11. What a fantastic blog post, Craig! Thanks for sharing your insight!

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  12. This is such an awesome post, Craig! You did a superb job of promoting RRBC and it is very much appreciated! Good luck to you in the contest!! πŸ™‚

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  13. Very informative post! I appreciate the fact that you find the club so rewarding even after participating for so long. That means it just keeps getting better!

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  14. Thank you for not only sharing #RRBC but your experiences with this amazing club. I am now following your blog.

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  15. Reblogged this on Be My Guest and commented:
    It’s Blog Recruiting Day at Rave Reviews Book Club. Are you a member yet?

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  16. PHS

    Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Excellent comments about what Rave Reviews Book Club can do for authors. Re-blogging on Archer’s Aim.

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  17. I’ve never heard of a book club like this. Sounds like a cool idea!

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  18. Nice blog – good luck on blog recruitment day!

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  19. Glad you decided to join us! I also believe the club is so worth it just for the fun and connections we make!
    Loren

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  20. garrettaddison

    Great stuff, Craig. I’ll need to hunt down and add your books to my list.

    Garrett

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  21. Great overview of RRBC – thanks for the post!

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