As someone who has recently self-published an eBook (Other People’s Heroes, now available from the Amazon Kindle Store or Smashwords.com), I’ve been doing anything I can to drum up a little publicity. The best of these efforts came earlier this evening, when I sat in on an episode of the Galley Table Podcast from Flying Island Press. (I will, of course, post a link when the episode goes live, but why aren’t you subscribed anyway?)
The other thing I’ve been doing the last few days is hunting down Book Blogs and querying the reviewers. A Book Blog, as you can probably guess by the title, is a blog that reviews books. Not like I do here, where I throw out a review every two months in-between making fun of old comic book covers, but all the time, as their primary reason for being. Such blogs are highly cool. However, I have noticed the following things after many, many hours of Google searches for these blogs:
- A truly disproportionate number of Book Blogs are run by women. Out of the 35 or so blogs I have sent queries to in the last two days, only four have been run by men. This doesn’t bother me, of course, but I find it an interesting observation. I know just as many male readers as I do women, but it seems that women are a lot more verbose about what they’re reading.
- Speaking of “what they’re reading,” most of these blogs helpfully list the kind of books they’re interested in reviewing. And a lot of them, I mean a lot, are all about the “paranormal romance.” So in Other People’s Heroes II, expect to see a Mummy making out with the Creature From the Black Lagoon on every other page.
- The really helpful blogs have a page that links to their review policy. This is cool, this tells me if they’re willing to read books in my genre (I count sci-fi as my genre, because nobody has superhero/comedy/adventure listed) , if they can accept eBooks (which is pretty much vital, as the book is no longer available in print), and if they accept self-published novels (which mine is). They also tell me other vital information, such as…
- What a score of 5 is worth, as opposed to a score of 1. I actually found this kind of odd. Almost every site seems to explain that five is the best, one is the worst, and what all of the intermediate stages means. Which seems a little unnecessary to me… I mean, if you hear something rated on a scale of one to five, do you need to be told that a three is average?
- They also tell you that, just because you’re giving them a free book doesn’t mean you’ll get a positive review. I totally respect this. If you gush over everything you read, every movie you see, every album you hear, pretty soon people will start to think you’re a sycophant and lose respect for your opinion. You don’t want to be the Paula Abdul of Book Bloggers.
- On the other hand, I rather hope that you don’t choose Other People’s Heroes to make an example out of.
If you happen to have your own Book Blog, or podcast, or any other venue through which you review books, I’d love to give you a free review copy of OPH. Just e-mail me at BlakeMPetit@gmail.com, send me a link to your website, and let me know what your preferred e-reader format is. It’s that simple!