Susan Helene Gottfried

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Author and freelance editor to an elite group of writers via West of Mars. A former book reviewer for the World's Toughest Book Critics, I think being an editor has made me even more demanding of what I read for pleasure. You can imagine the heights I seek to raise my clients to.

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Susan Helene Gottfried Hi, Cathy! It's been too long!

Expect a lot of books to disappear into the black hole of potential reviewers. There are a million reasons for this, but…more
Hi, Cathy! It's been too long!

Expect a lot of books to disappear into the black hole of potential reviewers. There are a million reasons for this, but the top two seem to be that readers take on more books than they can review/life intrudes on reading and reviewing time, and that reviewers often won't post a negative review, which is unfortunate because a well-constructed negative review can be very helpful to a reader... and the author.

I always suggest vetting your potential reviewers very carefully. Read their other reviews and (I'm not kidding!) make sure they are up to your level of literacy. I can't tell you the number of reviews I have solicited for some of my books that were so full of grammatical errors, they were horrifying. (And some of those were from people considered "top reviewers," too!) But also, make certain that you're sending a review copy to someone who actually reads and understands your genre. Don't send a science fiction book to someone who only reads Regency Romances, even if your SF is a romance.

I also maintain that one of the best ways to build a reviewer base is by building your network of readers. Interact with the people who review your books (and who you'd like to review your books) -- but on topics other than your books. Work your network.

Remember to post reviews of books YOU read, too! Not only for books written by those in your network, but if you read something and have something to say about it, speak up. Reviews help authors, as you know. It's an easy way to pay it forward, and you never know where those small efforts will lead.

And, once you have people who are writing reviews for you, contact them first when you have a new book out. Of course, you'll have to keep an eye on who is writing the reviews and maintain a list, but again, it's networking and a way to reach a devoted following. Even if they find a book a mis-step and not up to your usual quality, don't kick them off. Only kick them off if they don't post the review (and how timely that post happens is up to you, but remember that with self-publishing, books don't go out of print, so you're playing the long game now), if they say they are done reading your books, or if their reviews of your books are only negative. At that point, they aren't helping you improve.

Hope all that helps, and good luck! Reviews are so necessary, but at the same time, soliciting them can be a full-time job. (less)
Susan Helene Gottfried Catherine, I have formatters who do the work for me and yes, they format for Smashwords. Contact me directly at Susan@Westofmars.com and we can talk…moreCatherine, I have formatters who do the work for me and yes, they format for Smashwords. Contact me directly at Susan@Westofmars.com and we can talk rates and timeframes. (less)
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Susan Gottfried Kenya wrote: "I've been promoting your outstanding editing services on twitter...... :-(
You better not get famous and leave me!"


You? No way, no how. Unless I die or leave editing, but even if I leave, I'll come back for you. I told you, lady: I take care of my own!


message 10: by Kenya

Kenya Wright I've been promoting your outstanding editing services on twitter...... :-(
You better not get famous and leave me!


message 9: by Leon

Leon Shure Thanks for becoming my friend,
Leon Shure


Shalonda Williams-McClendon Thanks for the acceptance. I hope that all os well and that the new year is going great! Peace!


message 7: by Susan

Susan Gottfried Marlene wrote: "Well you really deserve it. You really fought hard and I know a little bit how hard it was but you did not give up. I am very happy for you. Hope to see more books :)
Hugs"



Oh, there WILL be more books. But it'd still be nice if a big publisher would get involved! Clearly, there's money to be made here...


♥ Marlene♥ Well you really deserve it. You really fought hard and I know a little bit how hard it was but you did not give up. I am very happy for you. Hope to see more books :)
Hugs


♥ Marlene♥ wow. How good to see your book on here but even more on amazon!!! Good work.


message 4: by Susan

Susan Gottfried Thank YOU, Jeannie!


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Susan and thanks for the friendship!
Blessings,
Jeannie


message 2: by Susan

Susan Gottfried cheesygiraffe wrote: "Umm why does Breeni's email addy show up for you? Did she set this up? LOL"

I think she fixed it. She's my Virtual Assistant. How cool is she to do that for me???




message 1: by Cindi

Cindi (cheesygiraffe) Umm why does Breeni's email addy show up for you? Did she set this up? LOL


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