Have you noticed our changes?

We have slowly been making changes on our blog in order to be able to offer more to our followers.

First, we changed the appearance a little. Hope you like it. But if not, don’t worry we are still looking at other options that may be a better fit. We are women after all…we like to change our minds. LOL

Second, we got rid of the WordPress ads. YAY!

Third, we started adding promos on Mondays. These are not just any books we are promoting. These are all books sent to us to review that we are interested in reading, but just do not have the time to get to. We do not want others to miss out on what could possibly great books.

And Fourth, we also added in posts for cover reveals, sale blitzes, and new releases. Again, we only post the ones we would be interested in reading. We’re not going to share it with you if we don’t think we’d enjoy it ourselves.

We hope you enjoy the changes. If you have any questions or would like to see something else on our blog please let us know. We love the feedback.

Thanks!

Jennifer

A note from Hines and Bigham

Hello everyone! I know it has been awhile since you have really heard anything from Jennifer or I. We have taken some time off and dealt with some personal issues and changes in our lives. We are officially back to writing a new book that we hope to share with the reading world soon. And yes we will finish the series that we have already published very soon as well. And of course we are still very active in reviewing other author’s great work.
 
Wishing everyone a great week.
Mindy and Jennifer

Indie Author vs Book Reviewer: an inside peek

As both an indie author and book reviewer/blogger I have a little insight into the world of book reviews. I only began reviewing books after I realized how bogged down reviewers were. After becoming one I can now see how it’s easy to wait a few months before someone has time to squeeze in reading one of my books.

Indie authors pour their passions into pages they hope someone will want to read. We want to share our stories with the world. We spend countless hours writing, researching, and sometimes staring at blank screens. We think typing ‘The End’ on that last page is it, the final step, when in reality it’s just the beginning. Then comes the editing, the formatting, the decision on where to sell it, and then begins the endless quest for reviewers. I don’t know why we think there’s a simple way to do that last step. There honestly isn’t. Every reviewer has their own separate guidelines, each email has to be personalized, and it is a very daunting task.

What indie authors don’t realize? Book reviewers don’t get paid for their services. We take time out of our days, away from our jobs and away from our families to help. Yes, there are many reasons in which reviewers do this. Some enjoy the free books. I mean who wouldn’t; books can get expensive if you enjoy reading. Some like to help. Reviews are a vital point in a books success and some enjoy doing their part. The reasons can be endless.

I do occasionally ramble, but my point is this…

Indie authors, you’ve spent the time turning your book into its final product, now take the extra time to follow each and every reviewer’s guidelines in requesting a review. I never realized the importance of this until I became a reviewer, but we have guidelines because it makes it easier on us. I get 5-20 requests a day for reviews and if the guidelines haven’t been followed then the email will automatically be deleted. In essence you wasted your time by not doing it correctly and it saddens me at how often that occurs.

Jennifer