Book Reviews Help Authors and Readers

Did you know that most authors rely on book reviews? Book reviews make the book more visible to the reader. They help with sales. They help guide readers towards making an appropriate choice. It gives the reader an idea of what the book will be about and who might enjoy the book. If there are enough reviews it will actually help the amazon ranking.

Reading Pile

Many people read books and never give any feedback at all. If you read something and you really love it; then its worth taking the time to write a review. You can post to Goodreads or even send it directly to the author. You might even get a direct thank you note from the author!

You can see my book reviews on Goodreads and I also share some here on my blog. I’m currently reading The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi, and I’m deliberately savouring it rather than rushing through. What are you reading right now? Do you have any favourite picture books? Share in the comments!

Proof Copy


Yay! Yippee! Hooray!!!

Yesterday I received the proof copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker!  It sure feels like a long journey to get to this point. I am excited and nervous for the book release.

Though it is possible to self publish without ordering the proof copy (I am first publishing through Ingram Spark), I would not advise anyone to skip this step.  There are several two page spread images in this book and the only way to see how it will come out is to have the physical copy.  We worked really hard to ensure that no important parts of the image would be obscured by the seam of the book and still, there are changes that will need to happen to ensure that the images are placed correctly on the page.  So as much as I want to put this book out there right now, mistakes must be fixed. And by the way, I found a punctuation error that I totally missed on the first three revisions… how does that happen! And so the time for final renewal  and revision is now.

It amazes me how we can go over it so many times and still find errors.  I am hopeful that with some final passes, the next proof copy can be approved and the book can be available for international distribution!  Woohoo!!

Pancake day is Tuesday February 28th this year so I hope this book will be out by then!

UPDATE The proof copy arrived the day before pancake day and is now approved so the expected release date will be April 2017.

Story Synopsis:

Katie is too young to use the stove so she dreams of making her very own pancakes. Join Katie and her friend Baxter in this fun story as they use a passion for collecting and building to find a way to realize Katie’s pancake dream!

This upbeat energetic tale with great potential for reading aloud will appeal to adults and young children alike. The book includes a predictable rhyme that will have children chiming in as the story unfolds. Children will celebrate with Katie and Baxter as their pancake dream becomes reality!

Support Indie Authors

Supporting independent authors is something anyone who reads can do.  It costs nothing except a little of your time.  Independent authors do not have a large publishing company with a team of people devoted to marketing just one book.  They are do-it-yourself-ers.  For that reason, they just don’t have the money or the resources to get a book out there on the same scale as a publishing company.  Still, many indie authors have unique talent that ought to be appreciated.

So how can you help?  You can leave a trail for people to discover their books…

Nature trail

Write a review.  If you give the book 4 stars, or better yet 5 stars, then that is a huge boost for an indie author.  And it costs absolutely nothing except a little of your time.  Reviews will make or break a book.  So think carefully about the rating before you leave something less than 4 stars.  Is it just your opinion?  Is it possible that someone else with different tastes may like the book?  Maybe if you’re going to leave a book review for an indie author with less than 4 stars the best thing is to have second thoughts and realize you have something more important to do like sort out your sock drawer.

So… want to support an indie author?

Write a five star review!  Your time spent will be hugely appreciated.  Chances are you will get a personal thank you as well.