What to do with reviews of my book?

October 3, 2011 at 11:27 am | Posted in Writing | Leave a comment
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I have received two reviews for Ben’s Challenge in the last couple of days. One was unsolicited and quite unexpected; the other I had requested.

They have some similarities, the main one being the reviewers enjoyment of the book, and their view that Baby Boomers will love the nostalgia aspect of the novel.

One says modern kids should like it, and has loaned it out to one; the other says it’s not for modern kids with their high-paced techno lives, but for those who grew up in the 1940s-1960s.

Both reviewers say it is well written and thoughtful, and that the characters, issues and relationships are real and engaging.

But what do I do with the actual reviews?

Do I take out the sentences that really give a great, or at least a good view of the book and use them to promote it? Or do I publish the reviews in full (with the writers’ permission, of course)?

Do I use the best bits for my novel’s cover? Include them, for now (until a new issue is printed) as an insert with each book, to create interest in those who may buy it?

Should I publish the reviews, or excerpts from them, on my blog? On Facebook?

I am not really sure what is the right thing to do. I will have to chat with a few people and get other opinions. But I would love to show that intelligent readers do really like Ben’s Challenge.

(c) Linda Visman

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