Originally posted on Hugh’s Views & News: I’m celebrating the upcoming publication of my first book, Glimpses, and from now until December 2nd, I’d like to invite everyone to my prelaunch blog party. Here’s what you need to do. In the comments section of this post, write a brief introduction of who you are…
Initally discovered posted on Reddit of all places.
What is the Early Reviewer Program?
The Early Reviewer Program encourages customers who have already purchased a product to share their authentic experience about that product, regardless of whether it is a 1-star or 5-star review. Amazon shoppers depend on reviews to learn more about products, and this program helps to acquire early reviews on products that have few or no reviews, helping shoppers make smarter buying decisions. Customers who have purchased a product participating in the Early Reviewer Program may be asked to write a review and those customers who submit a review within the offer period will receive a small reward (e.g. a $1-$3 Amazon.com Gift Card) for helping future shoppers.
1. Can I trust these reviews?
Yes. We are not giving free products or discounts to these reviewers. We only ask customers who have already purchased the product to share their authentic experience, regardless of whether it is a 1-star or 5-star review. This program is not limited to elite reviewers – we want to hear from all of our customers as long as they have no history of abusive or dishonest reviews.
2. How are reviewers selected for this program?
We want authentic reviews, and we want them from all of our customers, not just a select few. We select at random from all customers who have purchased products participating in this program, as long as they have no history of abusive or dishonest reviews and meet our eligibility criteria. We do not disclose at the time of purchase whether a product is participating in the program because we want to hear from customers who have authentically chosen to buy that product without any knowledge of a future reward. Not all products are participating in this program and not all buyers of participating products will receive reward offers to write a review. We want this program to generate enough reviews to help shoppers make smarter buying decisions; this is not a rewards program intended to encourage purchases. Amazon employees, participating sellers and their friends and family are not eligible to participate in this program.
3. How are reviews rewarded.
Reviewers will receive a small reward (e.g., a $1-$3 Amazon.com Gift Card) after they have submitted an authentic review within the offer period which meets our community guidelines. This small reward is given to thank reviewers for sharing their authentic experience, regardless of whether it is a 1-star or 5-star review. The nature of the review does not affect the reward or the chance of getting future rewards.
4. How will I know if a product has a review from Early Reviewer Program?
Early Reviewer Program reviews are identified with an orange badge that reads “Early Reviewer Rewards”.
5. Can sellers influence these reviews or reviewers participating in this program?
No. Sellers can select products to participate in this program but they do not have any influence over which customers are selected to receive the reward offers or the content of the customer reviews. Sellers are also prohibited from communicating with customers about their reviews. Amazon does not modify or remove reviews from the Early Reviewer Program, as long as they comply with our community guidelines.
OK, Amazon’s has a long haul ahead of it trying to get all these incentivized reviews under control, so I’ll never fault them for trying- despite their complicity and complacency with it. But is anyone else thinking this is another cobblestone on that Road to Hell?
Thanks to the #notchilled hashtag on Twitter- a very loose affiliation that’s been discussing what’s going on with Ellora’s Cave- here are screens of the email Jaid Black/Tina Engler sent out and contract EC is offering its authors to revert their rights back to them. As always- we report, you decide. 😉
Ana's Lair, Andrew Chapman, Anne Bishop, Anne Rice, But I Smile Anyway, C. Dean Andersson, Christopher Stasheff, Geeking Out About It, Linda Hilton, Naomi Clark, Reblog, Rose-Tinted Glasses, Secret Life of a Book Blogger, Sophia Stewart, Sue Knott, Tanith Lee, Timothy Zahn
Found this in my WordPress feed and think it’s both a good idea and a good way to get to know all your fellow bloggers. Like Ice Buckets and Pokemon GO!- start with yourself, tag anyone else you’d like to join in and stand back.
How long have you been a blogger?
Off and on about ten years. Started with MySpace (remember them?), but never really got into it. After I started reviewing I picked up on WordPress- which I like a lot.
At what point do you think you’ll stop?
I guess when I lose interest, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I enjoy doing it and have met a lot of interesting people… I haven’t liked some of them, but they’ve been interesting. ;p
What’s the best thing?
Aside from what I’ve just mentioned, blogging in it’s way is a reflection of the human condition. Back when we only had penpals and party lines, contact and outreach was still severely limited. Now everyone and everything is at our fingertips anytime we like (and we’re still mostly look at cat pictures and porn). The unlimited possibilites of connecting with each other and sharing information and ideas has never been so easy or unsettling.
What’s the worst thing? What do you do to make it ok?
I feel like I’m answering these questions before I even get to them. The worst thing is the raw, unfiltered look at the underbelly of humanity. Every ugly thought and deed is displayed, and deliberately so. The desire to be noticed and in many cases, feted uponoverrides everything else- whatever’s getting you attention (likes, upvoted), feted, or in some cases worshipped, is becoming more and more accepted as ok.
How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?
Not long. I’m pretty good at pinpointing my searches to find exactly what I need.
Who is your book crush?
When I was in high school it was the late, great Tanith Lee- if you’ve read any of her books, imagine reading them during puberty. Don’t have one nowadays- guess it’s a sign of encroaching maturity. lol
What author would you like to have on your blog?
So many- almost too many to mention- and for a variety of reasons. We’ll go with Anne Bishop, Sue Knott, Naomi Clark, Andrew Chapman, Matt Schiariti, Linda Hilton, Kevin Hearne, Christopher Stasheff, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Sophia Stewart, Laurell Hamilton, Anne Rice, C.Dean Andersson for starters.
What do you wear when you write your blog posts?
How long does it take you to prepare?
Depends upon the subject. I’m sure most everyone would tell you some posts pretty much write themselves. Others take some research and planning.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
Lovin’ it. Like I said- so many interesting and engaging people out there, so much to talk about and explore… Just because a select few choose to piss in the pool doesn’t change anything- you get that everywhere.
What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?
Be social, of course. Post regularly, if not often; engage other bloggers on their blogs and comment on what you find interesting. You’ll find your equilibrium soon enough.
That’s it from me; now it’s time for a few of you to take a turn:
(reblogged from Wind Eggs)
It doesn’t matter if you’re a hashtag game fan, or you’ve never played. #TheBookies (@BookieWordGames) offers bookworms a Twitter playpen to launch verbal jousts, puns and tongue twisters. Readers meet Indie Authors face-to-face and authors find new followers for their books.
Take a look at this weekly game, sponsored by Authors Professional Coop in partnership with IndieBooksBeSeen, and you’ll find a new weekly passion. @stephens_pt (me) posts the topic immediately after the previous game and once a night for the following week.
Players tweet all day Wednesday. I declare the winner at 6:30 pm EST and e-mail an eBook by a Coop author to the winner.
Join the #TheBookies a hashtag game for bookworms every Wednesday. The moderator @stephens_pt highlights his favorites starting at 4:30 pm EDT, and announces a winner at 6:30.
When I suggested that the Facebook group #AuthorProfCoop (Author Professionals Coop) promote their books with a hashtag game, I was surprised to discover how few writers actually played hashtag games on Twitter. After all, writers make a living from verbal jokes and puns, right?
If you’ve never played a hashtag game, the rules are simple. The moderators post the hashtag. The players respond with a joke, and often a related pic.
For instance #MyWorstNightmare might prompt:
- My ex returned and now she’s pregnant
- Mother called and said she’s coming to visit
- The election’s over and (Trump or Hillary) won
- I dieted for three straight months and gained ten pounds
or a simple image
In the case of #TheBookies, this doesn’t mean players can’t stray from books with their entries, but the judge prefers entries that play on fictional characters and titles. (More about the judge later). Past games included:
Here are some of the Tweets from #FastFoodActionThrillers:
- Dial M for McDonalds
- The French Fry Connection
- Midnight in the Olive Garden of Good and Evil
- 007: For Your Fries Only
- Men in Baby Back Ribs
- True Fries
I’ve heard every excuse in the book not to play, and most of them revolve around not knowing what to say.
You’re readers and writers. Words are in your blood. Even so, here are some things to remember:
- Don’t know any detective novels? (Or Sci Fi, or fairy tales?) Do what you did in school when you partied instead of studying. Google. “What are the most famous detective novels?” “Who are the most famous fictional detectives?”
- Don’t worry about the rules. Hashtag games don’t have rules. Seriously. Don’t know any novels? Tweet movies and TV shows. In a recent serial killer installment #SerialKillersInTherapy (I’m Okay, You’re Delicious), players tweeted real serial killers.
- Check out other hashtag games. Download the Hashtag Roundup app. It lists dozens of hashtag games you can play besides this one just to see what others are doing (with a lot more players than we have).
My favorite games are: @FriMemeGirls, a meme spoof, on Friday Nights at 9pm EDT and @HashFakeFacts, a liars game, at 1 pm EDT on Sundays.
Have you just published a new post and are dying for some feedback? Are you redesigning your blog and could use some layout or design advice from your more seasoned peers? The Community Pool is for peer feedback and advice. Looking for more specific information? Check out some of these resources: Learn, a series of step-by-step tutorials for those […]
A lot of times as authors promote their book through trial and error they find things not to do. Maybe a blog tour doesn’t work out the way they planned or a holiday sale doesn’t bring in the sales they hoped for. Learning from our mistakes lets us know what we shouldn’t do but doesn’t […]
(reblogged from Sue Vincent)
A few weeks ago I had a bit of a blip in the stats. Both visitors and views went up to several times the usual numbers. I was curious, especially as there hadn’t been anything of exceptional note published that day. The normal haiku, a couple of reblogs, and a couple of posts that were relatively lightweight. Nothing that might have been able to explain the hike in the figures.
There were no more ‘likes’ per post than usual… it seemed odd and, though not at all ungrateful for the extra traffic, the blue spike in the graph sort of bugged me. It reminded of that universally recognised digital taunt… the middle finger.
Was it telling me that I should stick to lightweight stuff if I wanted these kind of figures? That fluff is preferred over substance? I know that simple posts, easy on eye and mind get more of those ‘this-is-so-safe-I don’t-even-need-to-read-it’ clicks from strangers to the blog via the Reader, but regular readers seem happy to delve into deeper stuff, share my days, my dog and my odder thoughts. I’m not about to change how I write for the stats… and if I cared that much about them I’d be blogging for all the wrong reasons. The whole point of a blog, for me, is what I can write, the people who read it and the interaction with people, not numbers.
Even so, the presence of that middle finger bugged me, so I dug around and traced the extra views back to the fact that someone had shared a post StumbleUpon…which would be probably be why the ‘likes’ and comments hadn’t gone silly too.
Mystery solved, I was really glad I had reinstalled StumbleUpon after it had gone missing form the sharing buttons during an update. A bit of further digging revealed that there had been over 2000 referrals from StumbleUpon over the past year… so it had been well worth doing.
1.If you want to reinstate the StumbleUpon button, Chris the Story Reading Ape pointed to an article by Michael A Rios telling you how, while Michael himself refers to an more in-depth article by Sue Coletta. Click the highlighted links to find out how.
2. Michael illustrates how to reinstate the button via the Classic Editor. It can still be accessed. On my own blog (a WordPress.com site) and on the desktop PC it is as simple as hovering over the ‘My Sites’ top left of the screen, then clicking WP Admin in the dropdown. It doesn’t always work for everyone, but Marcia Meara at The Write Stuff shares her experience. You can also access it through the ‘Site Admin’ on the Meta on the home page of your blog.
According to a meme that’s been going around, the Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its annual neologisms contests, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words. Seeing how much you all enjoyed my post on Oxford Dictionaries’ Surprising Word of the Year 2015, I thought you’d also appreciate this! […]
(reblogged from Allison Maruska)
If you’re planning to promote anything on the internet (or anywhere, really), the odds of your product/message being seen go up dramatically if you include a graphic. Think about how many text-only ads you’ve responded to lately.
There haven’t been too many, huh?
If you’re like me, you’ve seen plenty of text-only promos on Twitter. I’d say the effectiveness of these depends on the popularity of the person posting, but even so, they’d get more exposure if a graphic was there. Because this is the internet and we like pictures.
A potential buyer has to see the message or product a certain number of times before they’ll buy. The exact number is up to some debate and depends on things like the popularity of the person doing the promoting and if the product is connected with something that’s already been well received. The standard number of exposures I’ve heard is seven, but other sources go as high as twenty. The point is we have to get our stuff in front of eyeballs several times before we see new sales/followers, and the quickest and most effective way to do this is with graphics. The good news is they are not hard to make.
So let’s talk about how to do that. In this post, I’ll discuss creating graphics that work well on Twitter and for Facebook ads.
My program of choice is Adobe Photoshop Elements (which I’ll use for the demonstration), though I know other authors who use Canva or other programs for the same purpose. No matter which program you use, some standard tools (such as a crop tool and the ability to add text) should be there, and those are really all you need to create awesome graphics quickly and easily.