Two months ago, I wrote about the path to getting a review. I recognise that I’ve been quite backwards in coming forwards when it’s come to promoting Ravens Gathering. It was first published at the end of 2012, so it’s been available to buy for over 5 years now. And yet, as things stand at the moment, there are only 34 reviews listed on Amazon. A lot of authors will have that many reviews in a matter of months of release. Those with a publishing house and a good marketing team behind them will probably have more than that before the book is published.
I don’t fall into that category, but I’m not using that as an excuse. There are an increasing number of Indie authors who have been able to garner high numbers of reviews very quickly, and I take my hat off to them. They have built up the contacts, raised their social media profile and spent a lot of time promoting their books. It’s something I’m not very good at.
What I do like doing, though, is meeting people. And, through attending a variety of events over the last few years, I’ve begun to broaden the range of people I’ve got to meet. I’ve also managed to persuade a few of them to read my book.
It’s been very gratifying, though, to note that, following Anne Williams’ review, a number of other book bloggers have moved Ravens Gathering higher up their lists. One of these is Sue Featherstone, who I’ve had the privilege of meeting three times since last summer. Given the nature of her own writing, I hadn’t anticipated that mine would appeal to Sue but, as her review shows, I shouldn’t make assumptions. And that’s a lesson I need to cling on to when I’m talking about Ravens Gathering, or any other book I might publish in the future.
Click on the link below to read the review: