I’ve been happily reviewing books for well over a year now, and I do it on my own accord, without any compensation whatsoever.
In the beginning I would review any book I enjoyed reading; whether it was a best selling author or an independently published author, established or brand new to the industry.
This past summer, however, I started reviewing strictly indie authors, simply to help them out and to gain more perspective in the indie world. In a nutshell, as an indie author myself, I have found book reviewing to be a very positive experience, and it has helped my writing career a lot.
What’s disappointing is the amount of less-than-great independently published books that I’ve stumbled upon recently.
Here is a short list of the issues I’ve seen:
-too much back story
-not enough action
-un-relatable characters and/or story line
When I read these less-than-great stories, I feel like rather than reviewing them, I need to provide a beta read and an edit. Are indie authors neglecting to take these vital steps?
Beta reading is so important and a necessary step to ensure that your book flows well.
If you do not have a beta reader, it is quite simple to find one. You can either join the LinkedIn sub-group beta readers, upload your book on Harper Collins’s Authonomy, or simply send a shout out to your audience using either Twitter or Facebook. If you’re really stuck, I can also make a recommendation or two.
I cannot stress how important it is to all authors to get at least one good perspective on your book before self-publishing it.
I would suggest at least two; one male, one female.
Getting a friend or family member to read your story simply won’t cut it. You need someone who isn’t afraid to be critical. Also, you need to be able to accept criticism and delete scenes, make changes in your story line or change facts. I can’t tell you how much better my books have turned out after being beta read and edited.
It’s a lot of work, but trust me, if you’ve already done the work creating a manuscript, you shouldn’t be afraid of more.
If your book has been thoroughly beta read and properly edited and you would like me to read it and review it, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I read many genres and will have a look at your book info to see if it interests me before agreeing to read it.