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Buckeye Crime Writers Discussion with Publicist, Sandra Beckwith - Shared screen with speaker view
Alicia Anthony
31:52
My tree is still up, too, Patrick!
Kandy
32:10
I also have a tree up...still.
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
36:33
Checking in from Colorado!
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
36:53
SinC Colorado member
Heather Weidner
37:08
Thank you so much for opening this up to other chapters! Greetings from Central Virginia!
DonnaS
37:42
Hi Cynthia -- Donna from SinC Colorado
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
37:57
Hi, Donna!
Rose
38:30
Appreciate being able to take part in this session! As a Guppy I am learning how much is involved in the publishing world. Not just writing. :)
Patrick Stuart
39:27
Welcome everybody!
GM Malliet
39:37
Greetings from N. Virginia. I hope you might speak about getting to reviewers beyond the reviewers always approached by traditional publishers. (NYT etc)
Connie Campbell Berry
40:58
good question, GM Malliet
Alan S.
55:36
Sandra, what is your self-publishing Facebook group?
DonnaS
58:31
Question: regarding blogging, you said # of subscribers is part of our platform. Does that include subscribers of blogs where we guest post?
Rose
01:07:36
My first book will be published in 2022, so should I be starting to build my platform now?
pamela
01:08:18
Hello, Sandra! Regarding blogs, would you talk just a bit about posting frequency? What are the elements of a successful blog.
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
01:08:33
I love the Build Book Buzz group. Been a member for a while. Lots of great info there. Thanks, Sandra.
Rose
01:10:07
Thanks!
Marla Noel
01:10:43
What about Vlogs?
Debbie Lang
01:12:09
I'm planning to release(KDP) the first book in a historical mystery series on March 1. I've started a platform, but it sounds like I need to escalate my efforts. What are the best strategies for the next few weeks? I already have a cover designed and professional editors along with having two rounds of beta readers .
pamela
01:13:11
May I go back to blogs again. What are the elements of an effective blog for authors? I know it’s very different than, say, what I do for my busines.
Debbie Lang
01:17:05
Thank you!
DonnaS
01:17:19
Debbie, I will review your book. I write historical mysteries as well as a cozy series under my men name of Leeann Betts
DonnaS
01:17:28
Pen name, not men name :)
Debbie Lang
01:18:45
Donna, than you so much! I will look for your books and be in touch!
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
01:22:12
They need reassurance because it's not just about price. Reading a book is a time investment, and readers' time is just as valuable as their money. They don't want to invest their time and later feel they wasted it. Thus the importance of reader reviews.
Virginia Kelly
01:25:21
Did you say 15 positive reviews or 50 positive reviews for Amazon Ads? Also, what about Ratings vs Reviews? How do those "count" toward BB ads and Amazon "juice?"
pamela
01:26:23
@ Virginia - she said 15
Eileen Hammond
01:26:29
50 reviews for “juice” 15 to be considered “real”
Katie Mazerov
01:27:41
There was a lively discussion on Goodreads this week about review scams where a lot of people post very negative 1-star reviews about a particular book then try and get the author to pay to remove the reviews. People were complaining that Goodreads has not been responsive enough to this. Also, that people who participate in print Goodreads Giveaways sometimes pirate or resell the books
Donna Schlachter/Leeann Betts
01:27:44
Question: For Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and LIbrary Journal, do the books need to be avilable through a distributor?
Donna Schlachter/Leeann Betts
01:29:40
Question: for trade journal reviews, what department should we look for?
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
01:30:50
Katie, it's devastating to see your ARCs on eBay or somewhere else for resale -- especially if the book hasn't come out yet. But it happens to every author -- even though ARCs say clearly on the cover "Not for resale."
Cynthia Swanson (she, hers)
01:32:08
Alumni magazines from your college are great, too. I had a nice feature in my alumni magazine (University of Wisconsin) for my second novel.
Katie Mazerov
01:32:48
Thank you, Cynthia!
Katie Mazerov
01:34:32
What about unsolicited reviews from people who offer to review your book for a fee? And what about BookTrib and onlinebookclub? Thank you
GM Malliet
01:35:10
Can you talk about marketing to libraries? I’m trad published but really want to reach library market. thx
Patrick Stuart
01:40:05
About book reviews; our local newspaper (The Columbus Dispatch) tries to focus on Ohio authors, as much as possible. Other papers might have similar policies for those locales.
Debbie Lang
01:43:34
What if friends post reviews on Amazon without being solicited? Should we tell friends and family NOT to review our books?
Susan McCormick (Seattle)
01:46:18
Please remember to post link ot the nine review sites for advanced copies to readers.
GM Malliet
01:46:19
Newshelvesbooks.com thank you
Katie Mazerov
01:48:07
Also, apparently Amazon now requires reviewers to spend at least $50 on amazon...don't know if this is over the course of a month, year, forever etc.
Debbie Lang
01:48:18
Thanks. I'd rather they didn't review my books. It will be enough if they buy it!
Virginia Kelly
01:48:19
I just tried newshelvesbooks.com didn't work
Andrew Welsh-Huggins
01:49:00
https://newshelves.com/
GM Malliet
01:50:04
Andrew - thanks!
Debbie Lang
01:50:47
This is all great information and so very helpful. Thanks so much!
Eileen Hammond
01:51:26
Great info, Thanks!
Sandra Beckwith
01:51:54
Author platform cheat sheet: https://buildbookbuzz.com/platform-building-cheat-sheet/Book marketing plan template: https://buildbookbuzz.com/marketingplanReaders who write reviews: https://buildbookbuzz.com/readers-who-write-reviews/Guest blogging for novelists: https://buildbookbuzz.com/guest-blogging-audience-novelists/Hidden news hooks: https://buildbookbuzz.com/finding-the-hidden-news-hooks-in-your-fiction/https://buildbookbuzz.com/gift
Rose
01:51:58
Thanks so much! I have 12 pages of notes.
Katie Mazerov
01:52:11
This has been a great session! Thank you Sandra and thank you Connie for doing a great job moderating!
Andrew Welsh-Huggins
01:52:23
Thanks, Sandra!
Marla Noel
01:52:31
Thank you. This has been helpful.
Heather Weidner
01:52:32
Thank you so much!
Jackie
01:52:36
Thank you so much, Sandra!
Sandra Beckwith
01:52:50
sb@buildbookbuzz.com
Rebecca D'Harlingue
01:52:55
Thank you so much!
Kandy
01:53:23
Thank you, Sandra!
Sandra Beckwith
01:53:29
newsletter: https://buildbookbuzz.com/gift
Donna Schlachter/Leeann Betts
01:53:30
Thanks. This was great. I already have the next webinars through to May scheduled
Debra Bokur
01:53:36
Thank you so much, Sandra!
Alicia Anthony
01:53:39
Thank you, Sandra! This was wonderful!
Marilyn Levinson
01:53:51
Thank you, Sandra!
Debbie's iPhone
01:53:53
thank you!
Virginia Kelly
01:53:54
Thanks!
Rose
01:53:55
Thanks to Buckeye for opening this up