Regular readers know that I am a member of the Rave Reviews Book Club, and have been for some time. I joined to broaden the exposure for my books. Today they are holding a membership push. I usually post something on Wednesday night, but held off until today.
If you are an author, I encourage you to read this to the end. I'm about to tell you how I personally benefitted.
The club was established to help indie authors accumulate reviews. These are honest reviews, and not all of mine are five star reviews. It's grown into so much more. They promote across all kinds of social media, and schedule some fun events from time to time.
Those who participate more get more support. This is as it should be. Many clubs devolve into a few folks who do all the heavy lifting, while others benefit from their efforts. This isn't one of those clubs.
They provide enough opportunities for everyone to participate at their own pace. I'm not the most supportive member of the club, but I try to pull my weight.
Every week we support one author on what we call Push Tuesday. The club makes a massive push across all social media to boost that member's book. I always support via Twitter, and they send me a nice email reminder. My first benefit came from being a Push Tuesday recipient. They decided to push Panama. I sold books that day, and they really didn't stop pushing until Friday.
Last year they held an event similar to this one. We were all asked to promote the club on our blogs. They turned it into a contest, and I won it. My prize was a member of the week slot. This included a week long blog tour, and an interview with Nonnie Jules, our President. We moved a bunch of books that week.
I chose to participate in the Rave Reviews Book Club Back to School Book and Blog Block Party. This involved picking a day and hosting a party where we promoted our wares and gave away prizes. Regular readers might remember Lisa and I hosting a party at the writing cabin. My blog stats spiked that day, there were reblogs galore, tweets, and I'm sure other social media were involved too.
This was just before the mid-point of my own big push. Lisa was all over cyberspace promoting my Experimental Notebook. During this push, I was chosen as member of the week. The support that week was phenomenal. It couldn't have happened at a better time.
I was invited to appear on a blog talk radio program last week called Beyond The Cover. This is something relatively new for members. The club has +/- half a dozen shows, and invite supportive members to promote their wares. It was easy, it was fun, and I'm sure I reached readers. Since the show is archived and available to anyone, I'm sure I'll reach more.
Just this week, The Experimental Notebook of C. S. Boyack was chosen as the President's Pick book. This involves singling out four special books, three books of the month and one President's Pick. Members are encouraged to read, review, and push these books. I've already seen a bunch of Twitter action, and noticed a few sales on Amazon.
All of this is for a guy who considers himself a moderate supporter. We are going to be voting on the annual Rave Awards very soon. The cover for Arson was nominated last year, but didn't win. I have hopes that someone nominated Will O' the Wisp, or Experimental Notebook this year. I think their covers are incredible. Even better would be a nomination for the writing inside one of them.
They produce an anthology every year, but I've never submitted. They also have the occasional writing competition, and I've not participated in one yet. I do what I can, but don't have time to take advantage of everything they offer.
I signed up to host authors who get a promotion week like the one I had. This brings blog traffic, and I benefit by helping others with their promotions. It isn't hard at all. The club sends me the data and I post it.
They offer an extensive catalog of member's books on the website. I will occasionally tweet out the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal link. I have six books in that category. It's a good source for readers too.
I think very highly of this club, and I've expanded my footprint because of it. If any of you think you might benefit, please check out these links:
Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy category. Because why not? I'm trying to take over here.
Join here! Tell them Craig sent you.