Year-end reviews coming soon!

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Haven’t posted in awhile, so I wanted to let everyone know I’m still alive, and spread the word about my upcoming perennial year-end book reviews. This December, we’ll be honoring my two 2016 releases: Guns & Dogs and the Mindcop Dossiers Boxed Set.

Stay tuned for more information!

Writing Advice

How blog tours influence book reviews


Are you a writer? You are? Great. I’m sure you know that as a writer, especially a new one, you’ll need reviews. Reviews drive sales, and give your book(s) credibility. But, when you’re first starting out, reviews are like the Holy Grail. Very difficult to find. But getting reviews doesn’t have to be a pain. Here are some tips to follow, and in no time you’ll be racking up those precious reviews.

1)Sign up for a book blog tour: These are great and there’s one for every budget. You pay to have your book reviewed by various book blogs. This is a great way to get some exposure around the net and the people who follow those blogs can sample your work.

2)Goodreads:A lot of people don’t use take advantage of There are tons of booklovers out there just dying to read/review a free book. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

3)Friends:Yes. Your friends can help you out too. Make sure they like to read first before asking them.

So there you have it. Three great tips. And you don’t have to spend a fortune either.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on, where he blogs about writing, self-publishing and sales & marketing. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox.

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Book review for The Leopard Stratagem

Today The Leopard Stratagem is being reviewed on Pretty Little Pages, a blog dedicated to new releases. Click HERE to read the review.

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SiMPLiREAD book review for “The Leopard Vanguard”

Today RC BEAN from SiMPLiREAD reviews “The Leopard Vanguard”. Click HERE for the detailed review.

Writing Advice

How to get more book reviews


How does an obscure independent writer get book reviews? This is a touchy question that is often met with confusion. The old Catch-22 comes into play: you need more reviews to build your platform, yet being obscure it’s difficult to get reviews.

Let’s explore some options:

1) Purchasing reviews: I don’t encourage it because it’s unethical and expensive. And if you by chance decide to take a chance you’re reputation may take a hit if word gets out. Not a good option.

2) Amazon promotions: I had high hopes for this, but I haven’t yet reaped the reward of giving away books for reviews. Maybe out of 500 books given out I’ve gotten 2-3 reviews. Again, not a winning solution.

3) Giveaways: This could work. It does for some. Others, not so much. But you could do it on an experimental basis. It’s worked somewhat from my experiences.

4)Goodreads: I’ve actually had great success here. Have I gotten a review from every free books I’ve given away. No, but over 75% of the folks I’ve asked have helped and I’ve built up a lot of reviews because of them. Which leads me to the next option.

5) Building relationships with people: This is the only guaranteed way to get tons of reviews. Sure it takes time, but it’s worth it. You have to connect with people, both in the real world and online, and when you sincerely put in the time and show people you care about them, then you’ve found your way.

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.

Writing Advice

Why negative book reviews arent “bad”




People e-mail me all the time about how I deal with negative reviews for my books. Easy. I don’t.

Negative reviews, to me, are “good reviews in disguise”. Now before you write me off as crazy please read on.

Since I’m a writer lets use book reviews as an example, but you can apply this methodology to any product you’re selling. If all your product’s reviews were good, don’t you think that would seem a little strange? Of course it would. It would reek of rotten fish, and rightfully so.

Negative reviews, or “good reviews in disguise,” actually legitimizes your product. How? It makes it human. Since nothing is perfect, it shows itself for what it really is. Of course the more good reviews, the better. Example: if you’ve got like 1000 good reviews and 200 so-called “bad” reviews, that 200 can actually work to your advantage. The people buying your product will know its legit. Since not every product can ever be loved by everyone. So negative reviews can actually gauge your product and keep you decent.

This is what I tell people who ask me how I deal with “negative” reviews. Besides, it’s wasted energy to get all worked up about a “negative” review, all that does is hurts you.

Instead, turn that frustration into positive energy. Work on your next project and make sure that when its released you smile when you see “negative reviews.

So what do you think?