Book Talk Radio Club Newsletter June 2018
Here we are in June (where does the time go?)
It's been a busy month for Book Talk Radio Club and BTRC Author Services. More Book Talk Radio Club interviews for very talented authors in all genres. BTRC Author Services is coming on leaps and bounds especially author website building, Facebook Header Videos and Book Trailers.
Amazon have now taken it upon themselves to delete author reviews with no explanation and no notice whatsoever. I launched Keep Your Reviews Safe (more on this later in the newsletter) so that authors can keep their reviews and they will NEVER be deleted!
I've been busy reading submissions for Book Talk Radio Club's Awards in November - there are some great books out there and I can't wait to announce nominations later on during the year. if you'd like to submit your book, information on how to do so is further on in the newsletter.
I published HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH YOUR BOOK MARKETING eBook on the 18 June and am already seeing sales and feedback via email and messages. Scroll down to view.
It's nearly vacation/holiday season, so if you're looking to take a great book by the beach or swimming pool, don't forget to check out Book Talk Radio Club's authors here.
Karen D. King Karen D. King, is an author; scientist; mom; a Navy Veteran, and an award winning leader. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry developing novel medicines for life-interrupting illnesses including Cancer, Rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and rare diseases. Karen is a mom of 4 fabulous children which have always been her fuel and inspiration to push further. She has taught them by example that you can accomplish anything with hard work and dedication. For which they witness first hand when she completed her MBA within one year. Her first book King Mentality was written to help others fulfill their goals and live their best lives by thought transformation. She has multiple degrees across many disciplines including biology, human resources, and business. She was born and raised in New York City and currently resides in Chicago, IL. Karen's Book Talk Radio Club interview is scheduled for 14 July at 10.00am (CST)
Richie De-Benham Richard Debenham was born in Poplar in the docklands area of London and spent his childhood and early adulthood in the East End. He used to live very close to what is now known as Canary Wharf and knew the docklands long before this part of London was developed into the modern metropolis that it is today.Richard joined the elevator industry at the age of eighteen and then over the years eventually worked his way up through a variety of different companies to become the managing director of his own successful elevator company.It is no coincidence that Richard being an elevator engineer has written and published a Science Fiction novel that happens to involve one very special elevator. The space elevator has been extensively researched and discussed in the scientific and engineering communities for many years however up to the present time has alluded but all of the most advanced brains on the planet.Counterweight Manuever is his debut novel and has been described by one book critic as being an action packed story that is similar to James Bond meeting Aliens.Richard currently lives in Essex very close to Leigh on Sea and loves the area because of the variety and convenience of being so near to the beautiful and nature loving expanse of the Thames Estuary.Richard Debenham writes under the pen name of Richie De-Benham. Richie's Book Talk Radio Club interview is scheduled for 11 August 3.00pm (GMT)
Born and raised in California, Gurpreet Kaur Sidhu always felt different from the other kids. With an insatiable appetite for reading and writing, Gurpreet would often find herself at the receiving end of a cold stare from one of her teachers – reprimanding her for working on literary ventures when she should have been paying attention.
All those secretive moments spent scribbling paid off, however, and now Gurpreet is launching her debut novel “STORM”.
In addition to being a highly accomplished writer, Gurpreet is a passionate businesswoman, holding a bachelor’s degree in Business Management while running a women’s clothing company with her younger sister.
Aside from fervently writing and managing a burgeoning business empire, Gurpreet can be found savoring the scents of her most recent kitchen-made delicacy or pumping away stress at the gym.
Gurpreet's Book Talk Radio Club interview is scheduled for 28 July at 1.00pm (PST)
Mike Savage is a former radio personality, television news anchor, and criminal mastermind. He served fifteen years, two months, and twenty-eight days in federal prison for international money laundering. Crime was his second life, one that his wife and family knew nothing about until federal agents raided their home. He is currently an adjunct professor teaching Bible, theology, and psychology. He and his wife live on Padre Island in Texas. Mike's Book Talk Radio Club interview is scheduled for 04 August 2.30pm (CST).
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Amazon has come under fire for removing reviews from its online book listings, with some customers having had all their reviews removed or being blocked from posting further reviews on Amazon. Amazon has blamed temporary "technical issues".
Another reviewer and novelist told The Bookseller that some of their own positive reviews for other writers had been taken down from both Amazon.com and Amazon UK, noting that books from Amazon’s own publishing arm, such as its fiction imprint Lake Union, attract significant numbers of positive reviews. One title White Rose, Black Forest garnered 2,960 reviews on Amazon.com within three months of publication.
The reviewer, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Is this removal of reviews from other authors part of Amazon being at the top in terms of publishing? Because whilst we all suffer, their authors seem to have review numbers the rest of us can only dream of.”
A senior publisher who wished to remain anonymous said “This is an example of a megalithic global corporation heavy handedly trying to manoeuvre in the complicated, interconnected world of the modern book publishing community where relationships between people count not algorithms. The fact that someone follows you on twitter or Facebook does not reveal a conflict of interest for their reviews on Amazon and does give the book buyer a really good service." The publisher added: "I suspect this another move by Amazon to favour titles published through their own publishing channels or through their massively profitable self-publishing lines. Amazon have a real problem because while none of their titles published physically through their publishing imprints are carried by any high street retailers and while they continue to sell smallish quantities of millions of titles at 99p in digital, for instance, and making lots of money from that, very few of those authors generate real commentary, hit the bestseller lists, have any media profile or generate enthusiasm among normal book readers."
An Amazon spokesperson said that a technical issue last month affected some book reviews. "Late last month, technical issues temporarily prevented some customer reviews from being submitted and displayed," the spokesperson said. "These issues were quickly addressed and we apologise for any inconvenience. Customer reviews are one of the most valuable tools we offer customers for making informed purchase decisions and we work hard to make sure they are doing their job."
The above is part of an article on The Book Seller, you can read the full article here
KEEP YOUR REVIEWS SAFE
Because of this extremely unfair practice, I decided to launch Keep your Reviews Safe.
Your reviews WILL NOT be deleted, they will stay on your dedicated author page. You can send people to your page to read your reviews knowing that they'll always be there along with your books and links to your sales channel.
Yes, I'm charging for this service but only because I'm charged to host the Keep Your Reviews Safe website and there is also my work and time to put your reviews on your page. I think you'll find the cost inexpensive and hopefully it's worth it for peace of mind But of course it's entirely up to you!
You can keep your reviews safe for a year for:
Up to 50 reviews per book $25.00
Up to 100 reviews per book $100.00
Up to 200 reviews per book $200.00
You can go here to purchase
Book Talk Radio Club Awards 2018
I'm taking submissions for Book Talk Radio Club 2018 Awards.
Children's Books Fantasy Memoirs Mysteries Non-Fiction Parenting/Special Needs Romance Science Fiction Self-Help/Inspirational Thrillers Young Adult
The winners will be notified in November 2018 and the winner of Book Talk Radio Club Book of The Year will win a wonderful trophy.
If you would like your book to be considered, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org using BOOK TALK RADIO CLUB AWARDS IN THE SUBJECT LINE with a brief synopsis of your book, it's genre, a PDF of your book and a link to your sales channel. SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 01 AUGUST 2018
Cindy Stone, author of Scorpion: The Myriad Series and winner of Book Talk Radio Club Book of The Year 2017 said "What a wonderful opportunity! I am grateful to be the first winner of the beautiful trophy for Book of The Year. The award opened doors for me that had been closed and continues to do so. Thank you BTRC! And Claire Harris-Perkins!"
HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH YOUR BOOK MARKETING
In my book, you'll find chapters full of helpful advice and I’ve also included examples of social media graphics, websites, book trailers (with links) and more from some of Book Talk Radio Club's authors to help you with the marketing and promotion of your precious books. I'm passionate (as any of my authors will tell you) when it comes to helping my fellow indie/hybrid/trad published authors market their books properly whether it is via social media, a website or their blog.
Believe me, when it comes to marketing, there is a right way and a wrong way. Posting ’Here’s my new book’ on Facebook or Twitter with no image, book blurb or a link to your sales channel is not going to make for book sales. It does makes a huge difference when you know how to do it the right way and consistently the right way!
To purchase HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH YOUR BOOK MARKETING go here
Just published your book? Join Authors Promoting Their Books Facebook Group and market and promote away to your heart's content 24/7 Lot's of marketing advice and social media 'follow me' parties : )
Look out for July's Book Talk Radio Club newsletter soon.