What you think of me is none of my business – so too, book reviews.

Publishing AdviceGreat Lesson! Stop worrying about what others may think… because, ‘They know not what they do!’

Love this fresh perspective.

This very much applies to book reviews – good or bad, you need to keep on an even keel. Good reviews shouldn’t build up your ego, nor bad ones tear you down. Book reviews, good or bad help sell books. Look at the best sellers, most of them have dozens of bad reviews. Those don’t even show up on most best-selling author’s radar. Dan Brown has 1130 ‘negative reviews’. He has 2252 favorable reviews. So 1 in 3 people wrote a bad review. Does he care? No, he’s laughing all the way to the bank! Every review, good or bad is helping him sell more books!

Everyone that gives your book attention is doing your book a good service. So be grateful for the attention, positive or negative.

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That being said, getting reviewed is still something you need to work on:  http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/ – This is a list of 241 Indie reviewers. Get reviews – good or bad, just get them.

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Getting funding for a book project with a crowd-funding site. Many people are doing this, some with great success and some not. We are doing it with a product and a cause project for a book.

The book itself is not going to be what makes or breaks the project, what will is the social media sending traffic to it. That being said, get this project on every possible website, social media platform and e-mail list that you can. Traffic – exposure – getting seen – is what will truly make this project work.  I post all my blogs to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn, PingOMatic, StumbledUpon and a couple of other proprietary sites. Every blog, every day… get traffic, get seen!

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New books are on Books To Believe In’s website. Some just released this week.

If you like Epic Fiction, then choose: Triumph of the Spirit

If you like Short Stories then choose: Secrets of the Hog Farm – sisters saving sisters

If you like Military Bios or Women’s History, you’ll love: WAF – Bonnie

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Enjoy

Be the star of your own news channel

For writers, writing should be easy. But for most, writing about themselves, and especially writing about themselves in the 3rd person is not so easy.

A press release is simply a news story. Go back to Journalism 101, who, what, when, where, why and how – Pick an event and give yourself the assignment to cover it.  Is it your first review on Amazon? Is it your launch party? Is it feedback from your fans? Is it the tour you’ll be taking with your books? Is it who the book is ‘really’ about? Is it about who the book will help and why?

All of these examples are media worthy news events. Not all will be picked up, but as many as possible should be written about.

For instance, we are working the 30-day Kickstarter campaign, which has gotten me back to writing again and even back to writing this blog. We added a “For the Media” page on the main website and have put 4 press releases up there since we began. We’ve e-mailed and called several news agencies to pick up our press release, and some have, but of course, not all of the ones we contacted. However, a significant amount have.  But whether the news sources pick it up or not, it is content for your website and more content gives search engines more reasons to find your website which gives more readers a chance to find it. So, find 10 good things to write a press release about, and start writing and releasing them.

The following is a press release for our bike product, but you can see what we mean by being the star of your own news channel!

from http://lucidbrake.com/media.php

LucidBrake debut with Cyclists – A Stunning Success

On Saturday, May 11 at the Wheels of Thunder bicycle race thousands of people turned out for a beautiful Colorado morning and a day of cycling. The LucidBrake’s team showed up in force to volunteer and show LucidBrakes in action.

In an effort to display the versatility of the mount-anywhere feature of a LucidBrake (and not wanting to interfere with anyone else’s ride), the team mounted a LucidBrake on a foam-core sign. Just by holding the sign in front of them and pulling it back to their chest in a rapid motion simulating braking, the LucidBrake went from being an awareness beacon to a brake light in a literal ‘flash’.

The spectacle of a brake light on a sign was so compelling that inventor John C. Craig was invited up to the podium to talk about the LucidBrake. “It’s not just a beacon, it’s a brake light that works well mounting it almost anywhere,” Craig said. “It’s an intelligent brake light that re-adjusts itself to how it is mounted so that it accurately signals deceleration.” The crowd applauded the concept as Craig went on to explain, “LucidBrake’s first production run is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign through the month of May. If successful, we can get these brakes in the hands of these cyclists this summer and start preventing many injuries and saving lives.”

The Kickstarter campaign (http://bikebrakelight.com) is about 1/3 over and is roughly 1/3 funded, so more awareness is required to insure that production can being this year.

“If you ride, or love someone that does, please back the campaign so that we can start manufacturing these bike brake lights beginning in June,” Criag said at the end of his time on stage.

For more information about LucidBrakes, watch for them at bike events across Colorado in May or visit http://LucidBrake.com