Write Reviews – Get Free Books!

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I’ve always been excited about sharing my speculative fiction novels with all of you, but now I’m really excited. I’m on the final proofing and revision stages of another book, this one involving Jack the Ripper, a family curse, and the man who inspired Sherlock Holmes. It’s all Victorian Edinburgh and London, dripping with fog, diabolical villains, dark magic, and … well, a tiny bit of symbolism. Because I just can’t help myself.

Thing is, I’m a writer who wants people to read and buy her books and I can’t do that without reviews and people knowing about my books. Since I am not a major publishing house who can afford to send out hundreds of paperbacks to bloggers all over the world and spend thousands of dollars in marketing campaigns, I’m left to do all my marketing on my own. And frankly, that’s not something I love doing. I love writing. I love spending time with all the many wonderful characters that populate my stories. That is way more fun than self-promotion, which makes me feel deeply uncomfortable. I don’t like to impose myself on anyone, which means I’m a lousy salesman. I feel self-conscious in drawing attention to myself or my accomplishments. I hate asking my blogger friends to promote me, and I haven’t the faintest idea about how one goes about organizing a “blog tour.”

So, I propose a method that benefits everyone: I’m willing to send out free e-copies of my books (you can either have them in PDF or Kindle format*) in exchange for:

+ A review on Amazon.com and/or Goodreads (the former is preferable, the latter is appreciated).

+ A review on your blog (if you have one; if not, a review on Amazon is great).

If you enjoy the book** and leave me an honest review, send me a link to it! One review is a trade for another free book! Keep doing it and you’ll be reading my fantasy series indefinitely, free of charge, with new titles in your hot little e-reader hands a month before anyone else gets to read it! Oh, and please spread the word about this, because the more Christian fantasy fans, the merrier!

My fictional books are a blend of history and magic, revolving around the idea of expanded spiritual gifts. With them come certain spiritual responsibilities. They contain elements of faith but aren’t preachy. And although you can read them in any order, because it’s the theme that weaves it into a series rather than the characters, they will build on one another as a whole. You will get to know characters gradually in different books, as they turn up, allowing you to see them at different stages of their life. (Alistair of Thornewicke plays a rather important role in The Giftsnatcher, who is a minor character in The Secret in Belfast! But whether I go on to flesh out the origin story of the Conclave as hinted at in my last book in my next novel, or if I take a sharp right turn into an assassin’s school has yet to be determined.) In short, I have a lot of ideas. And there will be many, many more books.

Here are the current titles I have available.

If you would like to sign up, leave me a note here on the blog (make sure you sign in with your correct e-mail address so I can contact you) or send me an e-mail at speaksmyname@gmail.com with your name, your book of choice, your blog address (if you have one) and your preferred format. If you have already purchased any of my books and reviewed them, send me the link to your review and the next title out of my collection that you would like to read. If you’ve purchased my book but haven’t reviewed it… you know how to take advantage of this offer!

Please spread the word to your fantasy and speculative fiction friends. I hope you’ll take me up on this… and you’ll enjoy the world I’ve created.

* After July, I’ll have distribution through Smashwords and my books will be available in other formats (Nook, ePub, etc). Foolishly, I enrolled in the KDP program, which means I can’t distribute to other retailers and online formats until after the exclusivity period is up (for Belfast, that’s only another two weeks; for the rest, they’re all up in July).

** Let’s face it, if you hate my book, you won’t want to read another one. =P

28 Replies to “Write Reviews – Get Free Books!”

  1. Me too! I love reviewing books for new authors, though I know you have been at it a while.;)
    I would be happy to post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and my blog.:)
    Can I try Thornewicke? Or, The Giftsnatcher.

  2. As a fellow Christian indie author, I completely “get” this! Great idea. I would love to have a copy of “I, Claudia,” if possible. (I can’t promise to read/review right away because I have a small pile tbr right now, but I will get to it eventually.) Thanks! 🙂

  3. You know I’ve been thinking about this for a while, I think marketing/self-promotion is hard for ANY self published author, but I think it’s especially hard for Independent Christian Fiction. There are plenty of blogs out there dedicated to discovering new authors for specific genres, like romance,historical fiction, or subgenres, like western romance, vampire romance etc;.

    There are the moderate success stories, with people who are already “famous” in the world of blogging, gaming, screenwriting etc;, who self-publish something snapped up by their fans.

    But the few Christian fiction blogs out there tend to be dedicated to reviewing whatever is new from one of the major publishing houses. If I see a self-published work by a newcomer reviewed it’s because:

    1.It’s the blogger’s own book

    2. It’s a book by the blogger’s best friend/relative.

    So–slow, painfully slow gradual word of mouth seems to be the only means–at least for now. I really hope that changes in the future–but for now, I guess it’s up to us. To be perfectly honest–I think even on this tiny “corner of the internet” as some people call it, you’ve done something to help people become more aware of the flaws in Christian Fiction. To sharpen their vision in analyzing secular fiction as well, be it in the form of novels, films, or television series. You’ve been blogging about this for years. There’s a reason why the number of followers has climbed steadily. (I–I meant that in a “widely read wordpress way” not a “plotting global domination way”….) Do you have any idea how many people you’ve inspired? OK I’m not going to say you’ve inspired millions…um…or even thousands or hundreds, but if you’ve inspired a mere handful of people, you’ve done more good than you can ever truly realize!

    1. if you’ve inspired a mere handful of people, you’ve done more good than you can ever truly realize!

      I hope that’s true. Standing in our own shoes, regarding our own lives, we never really see the truth of ourselves.

      I’m sure I could sell a lot of books if I wrote porn. Or even just sappy little love stories with no depth and a tacked-on religious message. Or no message at all. But that would be selling out, even if my conscience didn’t kill me for it.

  4. Uh, uh, ME ME ME!!!! I want Thornwicke!!! And you know me, I’ll blog the review and all that awesome-sauce stuff.

    You also know how to get in touch with me =D

  5. I would love to review a copy of “Watching The Lord of the Rings With God.” But I’m not certain how /quickly/ I will be able to read it, however if speed isn’t a factor….please send me a copy. Thanks!

  6. Great post, Charity! Three cheers for getting more reviews. I’ve seen these blog tour-like principles work for others so I certainly hope it works for you. Best of luck.

  7. I already love and review your books, as you know, but I hope this works. Marketing is never much fun unless it’s something you like doing, but it’s a necessity to sell something to people. This is a good starting point!

  8. Best of luck with the promotion of your novels! (I can’t even begin to imagine how daunting it must be for you; thank goodness for the Internet–there’s a lot of ways to plug your book or seek out a reading audience for your titles) 🙂

    I will email you sometime this weekend about; there’s something I’ve been meaning to ask about your books anyhow 😉

    1. Thanks. It’s both overwhelming and a bit disheartening, because even if you do a fair amount of promotion the response is lukewarm. I suppose I had a choice — to sit on dozens of books for years and risk never being published in the hope that someday, someone else would be promoting for me, or to try and get them in the hands of readers sooner without any help. Either way, it’s a gamble that relies less on talent than cleverness in marketing.

      1. I don’t actually. And if you let me have one, I’ll review it on amazon, goodreads, lj, my own blog, and facebook. I don’t really know of anywhere else to promote things.

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