The Insecure Writer’s Support Group, hosted by Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Short and sweet today. This is for the insecure writer and author looking for reviews.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by on Monday for my list of sites that review self-published books. The Indie View database has 250 such sites, and I hope everyone had a chance to explore the list. Every genre was represented.
Reviews before and after a book’s release are so important. Few people will purchase a book online with no reviews and often readers will look on the backs of books for reviews and blurbs. Reviews are editorial in nature and therefore carry more credibility and weight than any ad.
The large publishers have a list of reviewers for their titles and the author is along for the ride. Smaller, independent publishers often welcome suggestions from their authors though. And if you are self-published, that task falls to you.
In addition to the database I listed Monday, here are some others:
Book Review Blogs
Happy reviewer hunting!
The Heroes & Villains blogfest is hosted by Jackie at Bouquet of Books and Dani at Entertaining Interests. It’s actually tomorrow, but I am posting today.
Hazel is a young buck and not big enough to be in the Owsla, the ruling clique. But when his brother, Fiver, has visions of the warren being destroyed, Hazel leads a small band across the English countryside to a place called Watership Down.
Hazel is very clever and determined their new warren will survive. He makes plans to secure some does, which involves befriending a seagull, raiding a farm, and freeing a group of rabbits from a cruel warren called Efrafa. Usually the Chief Rabbit of a warren is the biggest and strongest, but Hazel proves himself a true leader and gains the respect of the others. He is very much like El-ahrairah, Prince with a Thousand Enemies - essentially, the father of all rabbits.
General Woundwort is the Chief Rabbit of the warren Efrafa. He is large, vicious, and cruel. He controls his warren through fear and with an iron paw, only allowing a certain number of rabbits to graze at a time so no one discovers the true size of the warren. Despite the overpopulation and misery of the rabbits, no one is allowed to leave.
His vision is for his empire, not his people. Woundwort refuses to be beaten and he won’t listen to reason, either. When diplomacy fails and Hazel resorts to a trick to free some of Efrafa’s rabbits, Woundwort comes after Hazel and his friends with a vengeance.
Who wins? You’ll have to read the book!
Who are your literary heroes and villains?