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Interview Yourself #6: Thoughts On Reviews

Published on 13th February 2017 by in Blog

Hi, folks! Today, I’m continuing with a new, unique series of posts. In the coming weeks, I’m going to be interviewing myself using pre-written questions from other blog sites, starting with these from Lawrence Wray.

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a great way for me to reveal a little bit more about myself, my writing and my habits. Are you ready? Good – let’s get started.

 

Dane Cobain

 

What do you do to get book reviews?

I beg my readers to leave them, and I contact a lot of bloggers to ask them to read them. I also use a few services like BloggersRequired, which send prospective readers and reviewers directly to my inbox.

 

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?

Reasonably successful, I think. I certainly see a lot of other books with fewer reviews. But I could always use more!

 

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?

Not really, other than reminding people a lot. I also hope that if I share enough existing reviews, it’ll encourage people to come forward with more of them.

 

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

As long as they contain constructive feedback, that’s okay. Even the best writers get bad reviews. I try to learn what I can from the criticism. The only ‘bad’ reviews are the ones that are thinly veiled personal attacks.

 

Any amusing story about marketing books that happened to you?

Nothing that I can think of, really. I guess the best story is the time I went to visit the Second City Signing in Birmingham in my role as a book manager for J. G. Clay. I shot a video about that and you can watch what happened here.

 

Dane Cobain

Dane Cobain

 

What’s your views on social media for marketing?

I do it for a living, and so I guess they’re pretty positive. If you read Former.ly or Social Paranoia, you’ll get a good idea of how I feel about it.

 

Which social network worked best for you?

I think they all work well, in different ways. Facebook is probably the most useful, just because I can use it for both a personal page and a company page. They both help in different ways.

 

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?

Use auto-DMs on Twitter. Or automate in general, for that matter.

 

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

I’ve tried a bunch of different things. I find that physical launch parties and online events can work well, but I generally try different stuff depending upon what the book is about.

 

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?

Not specifically for a book launch, but I have been interviewed by a couple of local radio stations and had my name in the press here and there. Plus I appeared on Pointless, which is a pretty big quiz show here in the UK. That was a thing.

 

Dane Cobain - Come On Up to the House

Dane Cobain – Come On Up to the House

 

So there we have it – that’s the latest instalment of Interview Yourself over and done with! Thanks, as always, for reading, and be sure to keep your browser pointed to DaneCobain.com. You can also sign up to my mailing list, follow me on Facebook and Twitter or check out my books for further info. I’ll see you soon!

 
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