I’ve got a brand new podcast!
Sex For Money is about the business of writing, publishing, and selling erotic and romantic fiction — and two episodes are up already!
Look for Sex For Money on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or at indieerotica.com/podcast/!
Episode One: Facebook Changes — I tackle the changes Facebook recently made to how pages do and don’t appear in a user’s newsfeed, and what this might mean for the future of marketing on Facebook.
Episode Two: Goodreads for Authors — I explore Goodreads and discuss when, where, and how to market on Goodreads.
I just had paperback copies of Go-Go Boys of Club 21: The Complete Seriesdelivered to my door — and I’m giving away three signed copies on Goodreads!
To enter, all you have to do is click here to visit the giveaway page on Goodreads and then enter to win! (And if you’re not a Goodreads member yet, you can sign up and check out all the good books on that site!)
The contest is open until November 1st, so there’s lots of time to enter.*
* Unfortunately, due to postage costs, the contest is open to residents of Canada and United States of America only.
Are you looking for other awesome prizes? All Romance eBooks is having their annual October Giveaway! Every purchase gives you the chance to win awesome instant prizes, including ebooks (including a few copies of Go-Go Boys of Club 21), paperback books, gift certificates, gift baskets, ereaders, tablets, and more! Click here to view the giveaway details. And you don’t even need to purchase an item to enter to win — click here for the free entry form!
Good luck to you with whichever contest you enter — and double good luck if you enter both!
Win one of three autographed paperback copies of Men In The Hot Room: The Complete Series!
I’m a bit torn over 5 star reviews. You see them all the time on Amazon and Twitter (because authors will hype how many 5 star reviews they have)… but they bother me.
To me, a 5 star review means the book was absolutely perfect, that nothing could have been improved. I believe a book that is super good should get only 4 stars, leaving the 5 star ratings for books that blew my mind. On the right hand column of this page, I’ve got the widget with my Goodreads books — if you click on it and follow through to my list, you’ll see 50-something books or so, with only about three or four with a 5 star rating from me. Even then, I hemmed and hawed over whether it was truly worth the 5 stars, or if a 4 would suit it better.
For me to give a book a 5 star rating, it has to be perfectly balanced in terms of narrative, action, tension, style, tone, and so on. If anything is slightly off, it automatically drops to a 4. In my opinion, very few books are that perfectly balanced. Here’s the thing — I love reading and I love books — and I enjoy reading most of the books that I read… but I’m still stingy with the 5s. I feel a book has to work hard to earn a 5.
As a reader, the 5 star reviews mean nothing to me. If someone is giving a book a five star review, then the comments will all be glowing and praising, not discussing the book’s strengths and weaknesses. I feel I get a much better sense of how a book will be if I read the 4 and 3 star reviews.
I generally ignore the 1 star reviews, as they register in my mind as being the opposite of the 5s. 1s will be entirely negative and just slam the book… not discussing its strengths and weaknesses.
What do you think? Do you rate books as 5 stars? Does the number of 5 star reviews matter when you buy a book?