Over the past year I’ve seen a lot of press about how important Amazon reviews are to authors. Essentially, more reviews triggers something in the Amazon algorithm and the books show up on more screens, recommended reads and all that stuff. I don’t pretend to really understand; I only passed high school math because I’d taken it three times and my teacher felt bad for me.
Anyway, my books have sold decently but don’t really have any reviews, and I found a few remaining hard copies of By the Nails of the Warpriest and Stay God when cleaning up my office the other day (read: My toddler went F-5 on the place and I was clearing the debris so I could work.) I thought I’d take a page from Joe Clifford‘s playbook and do some creative marketing by throwing a little giveaway contest in the time-honored indie-lit tradition of trading free books for reviews (as coined by Gordon Highland.)
Here’s the rub:
1) You post a review of Bar Scars, By the Nails of the Warpriest or Old Ghosts on Amazon.
2) I write down your name.
3) At the end of the month, I randomly draw four names and send those people books.
4) Take car, go round Mum’s, kill Phil4) I love you long time.
Easy, yeah? The review can be good, bad, lukewarm, bored, whatever. As long as it’s honest, I’m happy. The only thing I’d ask is that you have some interest in crime fiction, otherwise you’ll be sorely let down. Don’t worry, you can commiserate with my wife on that account.
At the moment I have one hardcover of Stay God and one paperback of Old Ghosts (the other copy will be for Goodreads giveaway in July.) I’ll also throw in a digital copy of Bar Scars and Warpriest, because I don’t have any physical copies of them.
As ever, any kind of retweeting, sharing, social-media whatever is massively appreciated.