Saturday, February 16, 2013

On Reviews

Reviews are going to be the #1 way you sell books after you've exhausted "personal" sources (that is, friends and family) and before you've become successful enough to get into the top tiers of bestselling lists (preferably top 10 in a niche category, but at least top 20; for major categories, just getting on the list is probably good enough).

Even if you've enough personal sources to skip straight to the bestselling list in a niche, chances are this will not be sustainable without you driving traffic to your works. There are many ways you can do this, but I really believe that soliciting reviews is going to be the best use of your time.

There are some commonly given dos and don'ts, which I will mention in passing along with any thoughts, but I feel that the benefits of reviews can't be understated and I haven't seen many analyses done or personal experiences given on them.

For the record, I am not talking about Amazon reviews here, but rather reviews that come from some professional source (be that bloggers, newspapers, magazines or whatever). Amazon reviews (and whatever reviews you get on other stores) are nice to have, but after the initial set-up of a few dozen reviews, the main thing you are going to be looking for from them is an aggregate scorecard. That's not to say that the reviews don't matter, but the star average is what most people are going to be looking for and then only AFTER getting to your storefront or book page.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Visual Novels, Miscellany and Review of "Digital: A Love Story (Version 1.1)"

Hi guys,

As you may have heard (if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter), I have recently decided to enter the Visual Novel realm and am adapting "Zero Angel's The Change" into my first (with the beta to come out around April). Visual novels (VN or ADV) are basically Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books for the digital age and strongly feature images of characters and locations along with musical soundtracks to help tell the story.

I'm not just going in blind though, I've read/played through several visual novels in the last few weeks (and clearly grew up with Choose-Your-Own-Adventure) and I'd be remiss not to share my thoughts on some of them.

"Digital: A Love Story" is a visual novel written and created by Christine Love and released in 2010. I recommend it for anyone interested in visual novels with an added recommendation to anyone with some nostalgia over the old BBS (bulletin board system) that was the Internet of the 80s.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Android App Review: "Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering"

Hi Guys,

Today I'll be reviewing "Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering", an "action"-rpg available on Android phones and tablets. You can find it here.

I was initially enraptured by Juggernaut, but its flaws grew in proportion as the adventure crawled on and I have today given up on ever completing this, well, juggernaut.