Goodreads does naff all for the independent author, especially if you’re British. A few readers have been interested in Goalden Girl and reviews have been left for Epiworld, but only two (taken from other sites), nor is there an option for ‘I Wrote’ against your own book titles. Got 216 friends, though (probably 0 after this goes out, like…)
iAuthor has been a right let down. I’ve amassed a total of 5 friends, big wow (#BillyNoMates lol) and I doubt if any readers even look at the site. From what I can tell it’s a platform for authors to pitch to other authors, not readers, and offers no UK alternative to Goodreads at all.
BookHippo isn’t very good, either. I had one review out of that for Big Brother and the other person who wanted to review that wanted me to gift it to her on Kindle, which you can’t do in the UK, so that was that. On the plus side, the review I got was posted on Amazon.co.uk, but I can’t find it anywhere on BookHippo.
Nothing Binding invites reviewers to review books, but I can’t see even one title that’s even been reviewed on it.
All other sites like Independent Author Network, Indie Author Index and AskDavid are great platforms for displaying your books, but they’re not free, and I get a lot out of Readers Gazette (which is) who tweet my books regularly, and I get retweets from their tweets, but I don’t utilise the site properly. Readers Gazette is well worth a look; if you’re an indie, check them out.
As I’ve said before, though, the majority of the sites out there are, sadly, American (disclaimer: I am not saying it’s sad to be American, I’m only saying in the world of the indie/self-publisher, they kind of do it more in America than in the UK).
Now what was it I said On Facebook a few months ago? I intend to design my own site for free advertising and book reviews for indie authors. Well, here’s an update – I haven’t even started! I do have an idea in mind, but my problem is time what with all the other stuff going on in my life and also while writing Episode (onto chapter four now). It will have to be a WordPress site and I want to design it so authors can add their own titles and pitch their work to prospective reviewers, not just by adding the blurb or synopsis, but by giving an account of their own work, a bit like the self-reviews I did for my books. Everyone will have to log in, even readers, and I can advertise on Twitter and Facebook, and if readers what to review my books that’s up to them. I’d like something similar to Readers Favorite (American, but love its style). It has registered reviewers and an author lists a book for review and sends a PDF copy, which the site pitches to reviewers. I’ve had two great reviews through them, but it can be a long wait if you want it for free.
Sounds like I want the site without wanting the aggro of thinking it out properly? Yeah, I reckon so (I’m bone idle by nature!), but I have to make a start this year or I’ll never get round to it, will I? No.
Meanwhile, as stated above, I’m cracking on with Episode (will say more about that in the next blog post), but it’s July tomorrow, so it probably won’t be available until early next year.