Write a Review Sunday
About three months ago I started something new that has been going well for me. What I am doing is promoting the concept of Write a Review Sunday. I started doing this on twitter and every Sunday I encourage others to write reviews of the most recent book they read.
Here’s what I’m doing on Twitter-getting it out there that there is a movement to get people to write reviews of books that they have recently read. I write several tweets every day promoting the idea.
Next, I follow my own advice and write a review of a book that I recently read and put it either Amazon or Goodreads. I then promote on twitter and include the hashtag #WriteaReviewSunday. It is as simple as that.
Next I go to #WriteaReviewSunday and retweet other reviews of other author books and go and check out the reviews of those books. I also check out the authors of those books and let them know that I am willing to read their books (pdf or free on kindle or on Kindle Unlimited) and then I write reviews for them.
Every Sunday, is review day for me and I haven’t missed one since the middle of June.
Promoting reviews of my own books.
If anyone has written a review of one of my books, I will do several things. First I will retweet the review and thank the author of the review for taking the time to do the review.
Second, if someone doesn’t do a #WriteaReviewSunday tweet of their review, I will include a link to their review on Amazon or Goodreads and thank them in a tweet.
Easier than Guest Blogging
In many ways, this way of connecting with reviewers and other authors is easier than doing it through guest blogging. The biggest way that it is easier to connect is that it is focused on just one day per week. I get on twitter and go down a list of things that I want to do and when it’s done it’s done.
The tweets that I am doing are live. I don’t preschedule these tweets. When I tweet live, I can respond to any live tweets that come back to me. I can respond to tweets with my phone.
It is easier than blogging because I get instant results. I know the responses that I am getting and how valuable they are to the people who are viewing them.
Follow-up later in the Week
Though the tweets are instant, and I only do it one day per week, that doesn’t mean that is all I do for the review process. I schedule time later in the week where I go back and click through the reviews to discover books that I would like to review myself. When I find one that I like, I contact the author and tell that person that I enjoyed the preview of their book, the review, and wanted to know if there was anyway that I could get a free copy of that book to review myself. I would also let the author know that I have KindleUnlimited and that I would not mind getting the book that way. (or since I had looked at the reviews anyway, I could just say whether I can use KindleUnlimited).
I would use my reading time to read the book and then put a review not only on Amazon or Goodreads, but also on my blog. (I try to go the extra mile.) I would also ask the author if he or she would like to read one of my books as well.
In addition, I would go through and contact the reviewer by private message and thank him or her for taking the time to write the review, posting it online and ask that person if he or she would like to read and review one of my books as well. I might even suggest which book I would like him or her to read.
I would follow on twitter and list those reviewers and authors that I have contacted and from whom I have received positive results and work into my schedule ways to connect with each of them on an even deeper level and perhaps share guest blogging with them.
How about you? How are you going the extra mile to help other authors?
Nice idea, Donna, and I wish you well with it. I haven’t read a book in six months, so I’ll have to start up again in order to consider this.
I have been mostly reading nonfiction so I get it.