I'm so sad for us, indie authors, but I know why it's happening. I was googling book reviewers, and it turns out most of them are not accepting self-published books anymore. The reason is the low quality of SP novels. And yes, it's true. Not always, but most of the time indie authors publish badly written, badly plotted, badly edited and badly formatted books.
And no one wants our books, because people want to enjoy their reading time, not trudge through a low quality novel. It's their right.
In the last few years I have started and abandoned midway a lot of books, something I had never done in my entire life. Most of those books had been on a free promotion. And I have another 300 books on my Kindle that I've got during free promos. I know I won't be finishing most of them.
But there are authors among the indies, who are incredible, who have fantastic books. And they all need to get started from somewhere. So, I've decided to find those indies and help them get their first reviews. I know I'll have to go through a lot of mediocre books, but I've recently finished my new book and have a bit of free time.
If you want me to review your book, leave a comment under this post. Please DO NOT email me. Leave a comment about your book. If it's published, post the URL.
I am doing this to support the indie authors, which means I won't be giving your book less than 3 stars.Does this mean I am going to give 4 and 5 stars left and right just because I want to support indies? Of course not. It would be dishonest. If I feel I can't give your book more than 3 stars I will tell you. If you still want me to post my negative review (can't believe someone will, but who knows?) then I'll post it.
1. Your book needs to be edited
I know that good editors cost a lot, and that the indies cannot afford them, but you either have to find someone with a reasonable price, or edit your book yourself. Don't tell me it's impossible. If necessary, go through your book 100 times, but find the typos. I've done that, and you can, too. One or two typos is okay, but 100 is a disaster.
2. Your book needs to be properly formatted
I hate unformatted books with wrong indents, margins, and chapters. If you don't know how to format a book in MS Word, message me. I'll explain you everything, or might even format your book for you FREE of charge.
3. Get a good cover
Designers are expensive, so go to istock websites and search for beautiful images. Some will cost you just $5-10.
If you can't do this much, then you're not ready to be an author.
4. You shouldn't have a lot of reviews
If your book has more than 20 reviews, then please DO NOT contact me. Better choose a promo website.
5. No romance
Please, DON'T. I don't read romance. NEVER.
6. I will post my review ONLY on Amazon.com.
That's all, folks! Good luck!