Should Authors Pay For Reviews?

Whether authors should pay for reviews is an ongoing debate.

First, we have to acknowledge that there are two types of reviews: editorial reviews, and reader reviews. Editorial reviews–like those from Kirkus, Clarion and others–are paid reviews. They are not cheap, either. These are the reviews that you might see on an Amazon page, under editorial reviews. Of course, not all editorial reviews cost. Midwest Book Review, for example, does not charge for reviews. Your book also might not get reviewed, either. So if you really, really want an editorial review, chances are you’re going to have to pay for it. Nobody seems to have a problem with that.

It’s the reader reviews that causes such angst. There is the camp that is philosophically opposed to paid reader reviews. It cheapens the review process, they say. Paid reader reviews lose integrity. Money taints the review because it’s an incentive to give a good one, rather than an honest one. The other camp says that readers should be paid for reviews. After all, they’re giving their opinion, just like a lawyer would to his client. Ah, the first camp says, but that’s different. In that case, you’re paying for the opinion of a professional. Readers are not professionals; they review books because they love to read. But isn’t giving a reviewer a free book a form of payment? It certainly costs the author to provide a copy. Or is this more of a barter system: If you agree to review my… Continue reading

Something On The Air On Friday

Hello, all–

I’m back for another radio interview Friday, June 2 at 2 PM Eastern! This week, I’ll be talking about book reviews. I hope you can join me. As always, if you can’t, the show will be available for later listening on my website, http://www.roxannebland.rocks. Here’s the link  to tomorrow’s show:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio/2017/06/02/part-3-cutv-news-welcomes-back-author-and-publisher-roxanne-bland

Balticon 51

Back from Balticon 51! As always, I had a wonderful time, of course. I was especially pleased to be rooming with my friend, Lisa Hawkridge. She’s so delightful!

Made three book sales from the Broad Universe dealer’s table. So gratifying when others are interested and want to read my books.

And I thought this rather funny: a woman came up to the table and handed me a card, introducing herself as a rocket scientist from Johns Hopkins. It was her first con, and she was there to perhaps get some ideas for projects Johns Hopkins might initiate. The only thing I could think of was to somehow make the ion drive commercially viable, but NASA’s working on that. But she seemed to be having a good time.

My various science t-shirts were a hit!

The only mar was that I had to work. So if I wasn’t at the dealer’s table, I was in my room, pounding the keys. And I worked all night. The good news is that I got more done than I thought I would. I’ll have finished the article sometime today, maybe tonight, but I won’t be up all night as per my usual. Maybe I’ll even get some writing time in!

You can bet your booty I’m looking forward to Balticon 52!

Back On The Air This Friday, 5/19/17!

Hey, everybody!

CUTV News is having me again for a series of interviews starting May 19 and ending on July 7! This week, I’ll be talking about my newest release, THE UNDERGROUND: SECOND EDITION! The show will air this coming Friday at 2 PM Eastern. Come take a listen! If you can’t, the show will be archived on my website, www.roxannebland.rocks.

Here’s the link for Friday’s show!

Hope to “hear” you there!

5 Starz!

Well, so far The Underground: Second Edition has received nothing but five-star ratings.

These are professional editorial reviews, not buyer reviews. All have said they’ve never read anything like it. This is good. I think that’s why I couldn’t sell it traditionally–nobody was thinking out of the box back then. And they’re probably not thinking out of the box, now. At any rate, the way I look at it, it’s an indication of what I can expect from lay readers. Oh, I know not all are going to be five-star. It would be silly to expect something like that. But it’s a great–no–fabulous start!

The Underground: Second Edition is LIVE!

Well, the official release date isn’t until May 15, but because of the way I publish, one can’t pre-order, so it’s available now. It’s available in print and in ebook format on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Abe Books, Kobo and Smashwords. As time goes on, I’m pretty sure it’ll be available in other venues, too. But you should still get your copy today!

In other news, I’ve been ferreting out folks who might want to review my book. I’ve gone to most of my usual sources, and they seemed willing enough, despite the warning about the seriously adult content. Keeping my fingers, eyes, toes and signals crossed for excellent (or even good) reviews!

Proof Is In The Pudding

Final stages of production! Just sent off an order for the proof of The Underground Second Edition. Have a feeling I’m going to have problems with it, though. Saw something on the virtual. It looks like there’s a shadow ISBN number. Supposedly there was a problem (too light, I think) and they “fixed it.” Well, they’ll have to “fix it” again. But all in all, we’re in the homestretch!

Forgot To Mention…

I’m either getting old, or I’ve got too much to do. Those radio shows I was talking about? They’re available on my website–all 10 of them. So if you want to take a listen, go to http://roxannebland.rocks and look under the “News” tab. Sheesh.

Almost There!

A quick post: Just sent the final proof for The Underground Second Edition back to the formatter. Then its on to fitting the cover and whatnot. I’m pretty certain the physical proofs will be fine, since unlike The Moreva of Astoreth, this is a wrap-around cover.

Once this baby is out, I’ll finally be able to get back to The Underground sequel…

Back On The Air

Well, my 10-part series as a guest on CUTV News Radio ended earlier this week, on April 10th. A few days later, I got a call asking if I would again be a guest, this time for an 8-part series. They liked me that much, I suppose. It’ll be fun working with Jim and Doug again. I’ll be doing one of the shows from Balticon, so I suggested that we have the theme for that show be conventions. I have no idea what else we’ll talk about–we did the The Underground and The Moreva of Astoreth during the last set of shows, so I guess we’ll just have to see. It’ll be good for me to have to think on my feet. I used to be excellent at it, and I like to think I’m still pretty good, but it’s really a matter of keeping in practice.

And now, on a different topic, I’m gratified that my readers like The Moreva of Astoreth so much that they’d like to see a sequel, or at the very least, another book set in that universe. But I really do have to finish the sequel to The Underground first. It’s been very patient with me. Between The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground Second Edition, the sequel has been in the drafting process for about four years. Now it’s the sequel’s turn to be completed. I hope to have it out sometime in 2018–maybe in December.

That’s what’s up with me at the moment. How about you?