Goodreads drawing and Bookrooster review update.

By Mike Jastrzebski

I posted awhile back about advertising on Goodreads. I had done a $60.00 ad and decided to do another. The problem is it’s impossible to determine how many sales the ads generated. I think they resulted in some sales and I think my B&N Nook sales were up, but it’s pure speculation. Still, I do not rule out another ad with Goodreads.

After my newest book, Dog River Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery), was released in paperback I ran a Goodreads give away. I offered 5 paperback copies of my book in the Goodreads drawing and over a six week period I had 675 readers enter the drawing. This resulted in 61 readers adding me to their to-read lists.

In contrast, in the year I’ve belonged to Goodreads 34 readers added The Storm Killer to their to-read lists and 36 people added Key Lime Blues (A Wes Darling Mystery). This included the time I ran the paid ads.

As for Bookrooster, I have to say I’m disappointed in the results. They guarantee to keep your book available until 10 reviews have been posted on Amazon. My book went live with them the first week in September and in a three week period I received 4 reviews. I have not received a single review from Bookrooster since September 23rd. I have talked to several other authors who signed up for the service and had the same problem.

As a result I will not be using Bookrooster for my new book or any other books until I’ve received the 6 more reviews. Since it’s been six weeks since my last review from their readers, I don’t expect that to happen. It’s too bad, the review service is a great concept but it hasn’t worked for me.

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About Mike Jastrzebski

In September of 2003 my wife, Mary, and I moved aboard our 36-foot Sailboat, Roughdraft. It was our intention to take the boat south from Minnesota to warmer climates where I would write a novel. Six years later I have completed 3 mystery novels. I have published the first two books, The Storm Killer and Key Lime Blues as e-books and trade paperbacks. The third book, Dog River Blues will be released in early 2011. It is my intention to use this blog to share what I’ve learned while trying to get published. I will also blog about the trials and tribulations of living on a sailboat. We sailed the boat from Minnesota to Mobile, Alabama where we lived for two years. We also spent three months living in Key West. Currently, the boat is docked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2011 we plan to take the boat to the Caribbean where we plan to drift until it is no longer fun.
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2 Responses to Goodreads drawing and Bookrooster review update.

  1. I’m going to have to agree with your comments on Bookrooster. I sent my romance novel at the end of Sept and have received 2 reviews. It sounded like a perfect deal in the beginning, but not so much now. Also, one of the reviewers gave my novel a low rating (despite saying “The plot is interesting, even gripping, with some of the action sequences keeping you on the edge. The characters are alive, authentic, having distinct personalities and talking like real people”) because it had sex in it. Ummm – romance novel??? I wrote the website and suggested in the future they offer romance authors a heat level (like many romance websites offer their readers), so that a reviewer can stay away from steam if all they like is sweet. I thought it was very unfair. I won’t use the website again.

  2. Elizabeth, it did sound great, didn’t it. Some things are too good to be true.

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