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Available in 13 Countries & 9 Currencies

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Amazon.co.jp (Japan) https://www.amazon.co.jp/Breaking-Cycle-Abuse-Journey-Survivor-ebook/dp/B07F2TZTRD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549650057&sr=8-1&keywords=hannah+reinbeck

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Amazon.com.au (Australia) https://www.amazon.com.au/Breaking-Cycle-Abuse-Journey-Survivor/dp/1983291293/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1549650237&sr=8-1

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#MeToo, Amazon Kindle, Book Sales, Reviews, Sexual Abuse, Victims of sexual abuse/sexual assualt

Review of Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor- By Hannah Reinbeck

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February 3, 2019

Verified Purchase on Amazon.com

Paperback

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Courageous and Inspiring- What a strong young lady to come forward and share her experience. Hannah’s family gave up on her, but she never gave up on herself. Not only does this author share her traumatic experience, but she shares the warning signs and behaviors to watch out for if you suspect abuse might be taking place. I think it’s admirable that this author is donating a portion of the proceeds to charity to help other survivors, like herself. – H.Daly

 

Amazon Kindle, Book Sales, Goodreads, Marketing/Ads, Self-Publishing, Speaking from Experience

Indie Author: Self-Promoting and Getting Reviews

Welcome Back Blog Readers,

In this blog post, I wanted to share my experience thus far as an Indie Author that has been self-promoting my book to gain reviews. I will share what methods have worked for me and which have failed. To be fair, some methods take longer so you can’t expect instant results from an ad or promotion that you run.

I am not a self-proclaimed “Marketing Guru” nor do I have a team of marketing geniuses helping me, I’m simply me doing this on my own and sharing my experiences along the way.

Social Media:

Social media is a great place to start as there are so many platforms for you to create a following, find readers that have an interest in the genre that you are writing, networking to find proofreaders, editors, beta readers, reviewers and businesses to help promote your work.

I have stuck with Facebook and Twitter, but you can also branch out on Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, and countless others that you may have heard of that I’m simply not familiar with as I’m not super tech savvy.

Facebook: I suggest creating an Author page in which to start creating hype/buzz, share sneak peeks of your work to get people excited about what you’re going to be launching in the future. Facebook also allows you to run ads and boost posts. I have done both, and both come with a small fee (under $20) although you can certainly spend more if you have the budget to do so.

Navigating through the Facebook ad/campaign section is pretty user-friendly. I have found this to be an effective way to gain followers/friends/readers and have made a few great contacts in the process. There are so many groups that you can choose to join that are dedicated to Indie Authors, Authors that write the same genre, Groups that allow you to promote your work on their page, so there is that to consider.

Here is my Author Page:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/hannahreinbeckauthor/posts/?ref=page_internal

Twitter: This social media platform is also an excellent tool for an Indie Author. There are so many groups that you can align yourself with to help promote your book to thousands of potential readers. Since my book “Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor,” is a non-fiction/memoir about childhood sexual abuse I have been able to search for groups that support #metoo, #metoomovement, #CSA, #survivorculture. I have found that many people in these groups are my target readers and are more likely to support my work.

Many of these members have hundreds and thousands of followers that they will Retweet for their followers to see. That is just the FREE aspect, Twitter also allows you to create ads based on existing tweets that you’ve posted, so keep that in mind if you are considering using a post as an ad. The fee for running a Twitter ad is still budget friendly but is slightly more than Facebook. I have found that running ads on Twitter definitely helps to reach potential readers from all over the world.

Twitter has been an excellent resource for finding small businesses that help Indie Authors promote their book(s) for a reasonable price. As with most things, you’ll want to do a bit of research before conducting business and sending out several digital copies of your book to a scammer.

Here is a short list of twitter businesses that I have worked with.

  • DigitalBookGirl- very reasonably priced, professional, efficient, delivered as promised. She’s also on Facebook under the same name.
  • Books & the Bear- They offer a wide variety of services for Indie Authors, their packages are reasonably priced, They delivered as promised.
  • TweetYourBooks- reasonably priced, various promotional packages to choose from based on your needs/budget, they delivered as promised, they also have affiliate accounts each has tens of thousands of followers that will see your book/campaign.

There are countless other promotional services to consider, do so at your own risk. I thought it was a good idea (at the time) to find volunteers to read my book and leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon and their blog if they had one. I didn’t want to hand out loads of free digital copies of my book, so I limited the number to 10. I posted my “Looking for 10 volunteers” search on Facebook and Twitter to increase my odds of finding possible readers/reviewers. Facebook didn’t turn up any interest, while I found 9 eager volunteers within 24 hours on Twitter.

I was pretty excited about getting 9 reviews to show up on Goodreads and Amazon, because what’s not to like about that. A few people wanted to do a book review exchange, they review for me, I review for them to which seemed fair to me and I agreed.

In full disclosure, I am not an avid reader, in fact, I’ll always take the movie version before the book version any day. I have tried reading books that I thought would interest me, but I have a hard time getting through a few chapters before I completely lose interest or I find that my mind wanders and I’m constantly reading the same sections a few times before things register especially if there is a lot of dialogue. It’s not that I can’t comprehend, it’s just that I’m a better visual learner, than a verbal/reading learner. I was reading/comprehending at a Freshman in college level at age 12/grade 7.

Anyway, I took on the task of reading 2 books as part of the review exchange agreement that I made with 2 other indie authors in early November. I read those books and left my review on Goodreads and dedicated a section of my blog for “Reviews” left by me and reviews of my book left by others.

The new year arrived, and I had not heard from any of the volunteers, so I thought I would send them all a private message to touch base and see how everyone was progressing. Granted I did mention that there wasn’t a rush for their review (my fault for not being more specific). One reviewer said she was just getting over having the flu and that once she felt better, she would start reading my book. No problem there, I completely understood. Another reviewer thanked me for the reminder and thought it was a good idea to help keep them on track after the holiday season, and that she would start on it soon. No problem there either.

I never did hear back from the other 7, it’s now the end of January, and I noticed the reviewer with the flu has recently unfollowed me, no message, no nothing. The other reviewer got in touch with me the other night and read the book fairly quickly and was able to leave a rating on Goodreads, so progress was made. If you are that reviewer, I Thank You! As for the other 7, I am not holding my breath or expecting anything to come from them. It’s been frustrating to expect results when some people can’t follow through. I know that life happens and we have to prioritize, just keep me in the loop and have a bit of common courtesy. It’s okay to be honest if you’ve changed your mind, or if you don’t want to leave a bad review because you didn’t like the book, then just say so and delete the copy of my book, no hard feelings. I’d rather have that conversation with the opportunity to answer questions/concerns than to be avoided and feel taken advantage of. Lesson learned.

One thing to keep in mind if you are seeking reviews and sending out FREE digital copies: The person leaving the review must mention that they received a copy of your book for the purposes of leaving a review, or something along those lines. That way your account on Goodreads and Amazon isn’t flagged for possibly buying your reviews or perhaps having some of your reviews removed. Amazon is a bit tricky, as they are able to track the IP address from where you uploaded your book, where you bought a copy and where the review is coming from. So the chance of your spouse leaving an honest review is very slim.

For examples of how to write a review for a book that you received a free copy of, check out this link.

https://heidilynnsbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Heidi Lynn is fantastic if you have the opportunity to work with her. She doesn’t read everything, but she has an extensive range of genres that she enjoys. I encourage you to check out her website and contact her if you happen to write a genre she reads. Heidi Lynn has been able to put me in contact with a few other authors that I have a common interest with, and I have found that reading non-fiction/memoir stories are the one genre I can get into. Thank You, Heidi Lynn!

If you are a new author with no following and you are just creating your social media accounts, self-promoting is a task that you have a chip away at every week to create a buzz and find readers to engage. That is the road I started on almost one year ago. I’ve been slowly gaining Likes, Shares, Retweets, Friends, and followers of my blog since June 2018. My book has three 5-star reviews on Amazon, and I’ve sold 5 paperbacks, 2 Kindle e-books, 2 Kindle Unlimited copies and gave away 37 FREE digital copies during my Kindle free promotion back in August (no royalties or reviews from that campaign). In total for last year (end of June to December 2018) I made a whopping $26.76 in royalties. No, I’m not bragging, I’m showing you that this is what it’s like as an Indie Author that started from nothing, no contacts in the industry, working part-time, no team of people or a publishing company to help promote your work. This is the reality and what most of us are going through.

Non-fiction/memoir books don’t tend to gain too much momentum unless that particular story has made headlines or a celebrity is involved in some way to help launch it into the mainstream. So I don’t expect much more than a few trickling sales here/there from my book. The real money making genre is Romance because sex still sells. If you have a series in that genre, even better. You can offer the first book in that series for FREE, and those readers who like it will buy the next book in that series. To find out which types of books are trending, check out Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/latest

So, this concludes this segment, and hopefully, you’ve gained a little insight as to what it’s like as an Indie Author. I’m happy to answer any questions, take your comments and suggestions into consideration.

Until next time, ~Hannah

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle, Book Sales, Reviews, Self-Publishing

5-Star Review for Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor.

*This review was left on Amazon, it was not written by me. Just thought I should clarify that I am not writing my own review.

January 7, 2019

Format: Kindle Edition

 

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/customer-reviews/R1W07G6Q458FSA?ref=pf_vv_at_pdctrvw_srp

 

Book Sales

In Author News/Blog Update

Welcome back blog readers,

This post will be short and sweet.

First in Author news, I am happy to share that going forward 25% of all future proceeds from the sale of “Breaking the Cycle of Abuse: My Journey from Victim to Survivor will be donated to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

RAINN does not endorse or promote me or this book in any way. I’m happy to share my profits (any denomination) helps other survivors. So, I’m pretty excited about that!

Next, this blog is a work in progress, as I’ve added a place for Testimonials and a place for all book Reviews. Now it’s a matter of figuring out how to move the existing posts to the proper page. Since the world of retail expects me to show up for my shift, I’ll have to figure that out later.

I’m open to suggestion 🙂

Amazon Kindle, Book Sales, Marketing/Ads, Self-Publishing, Speaking from Experience

Constructive Criticism

Welcome back blog readers,

In author news, here’s what’s going on. I thought I’d promote on Facebook and on Twitter that I am searching for readers. Not just any readers or followers looking for a freebie, but readers that would be genuinely interested in receiving a free digital copy of my book in exchange for their honest review on Goodreads.

I have to be realistic, and I know that non-fiction/memoir isn’t for everyone, especially when the truth is about childhood sexual abuse. I understand that not everybody will be able to relate, or find my story easy or fun to read.

The purpose in seeking volunteers to read/review my book is due to the fact that Amazon won’t promote my book to their customers unless my book has 20-25 reviews from verified purchases. While I have over 40 copies sold on Amazon, only 1 person has taken a moment to leave a review. ( Thank You for your review!) No, I’m not complaining, just explaining how reviews or lack thereof affect authors.

I’ve submitted my book with Bookbub in hopes that they would offer me a deal on their platform, but they won’t touch it unless the book has 20-25 reviews either Amazon or Goodreads. Amazon is strict with their ability to leave a review and a verified purchase is required. However, on Goodreads, it’s easier as they tend to consider that not all of your books need to be purchased in one place in order to leave a review/comment.

Currently my book has one 5 star review on Amazon and I just noticed that someone left a 1 star review on Goodreads. I was curious and did check the profile of the reader of the 1 star review ( I bet most of you would do the same ) just to see if she was a harsh critic with everyone (those types do exist). Since there wasn’t a comment as to what or why she disliked my book, from her profile I noticed that her preferred genre was Fiction and Children’s Literature. My best guess is that my book just wasn’t her cup of tea, and that’s fine.

I’m not upset, but my curiousity is interested to know why or what prompted the dislike. I guess it’s best not to dwell on things I have no control over. I can’t change the events that took place, my style of writing is unique to me and I won’t change what comes naturally. I’m okay not being everyone’s cup of tea, I prefer to be an acquired taste anyway.

As it sits, I’ve have 4 volunteer readers/reviewers from Twitter that seem eager to help, and I’m grateful for that. I was offered by one volunteer to do a book exchange along with leaving a review for each other. I have accepted and will make it a priority.

I do appreciate ALL honest reviews whether they end up being 1-star, 5-star or fall in the middle. For those that feel uneasy about leaving a review here are a few suggestions that are short yet effective. Reviews are not just for the author, they are also for other readers.

  • I Liked It
  • Not My Preferred Genre
  • I Recommend It
  • I Couldn’t Relate, but the story was well written.

You get the idea. Short and to the point is better than not leaving any comment (just my opinion as a consumer that relies on reviews before making big purchases).

To be continued, once there is something to report 🙂

*** UPDATE***  November 23, 2018

I now have 8 verified volunteer reviewers, 1 pending (waiting on their email address), 1 Professional book reviewer and 2 online book promoting services to help spread awareness about my book.

What I learned last night is that if you are giving out FREE copies of your book in exchange for a review, the reviewer MUST state that in addition to their review (On Goodreads especially) but I suppose it’s good practice to make that statement up front as to not go against the terms of service.

A BIG Thank You to those Twitter followers that really stepped up to help a new author!

 

 

 

Amazon Kindle, Book Sales, Marketing/Ads, Self-Publishing

In Author news…

Welcome back blog readers,

This post will be lighter and less political as I’d like to share what’s been going on with me as an author. I recently received my second payment from Amazon for the sales of the paperback books, Kindle e-book copies and the Kindle Unlimited pay per page.

Oct 1, 2018 EFT CREDIT AMAZON DIGITAL $12.78 Paperback
Oct 1, 2018 EFT CREDIT AMAZON MEDIA EU $0.30 KU Pay per page
Oct 1, 2018 EFT CREDIT AMAZON MEDIA EU $4.44 E-book
Oct 1, 2018 EFT CREDIT AMAZON DIGITAL SERVICES INC. $4.52 E-book

While it’s not enough to retire, it’s still a milestone considering that the idea of putting out my story was part of my healing process and as a means of helping other survivors know that they are not alone.

Speaking of milestones, I also received my first review/recommendation left on my Author Page (Facebook).

“I know from experience than it takes a great deal of courage to come forward and speak about abuse suffered from people you should have been able to trust. Thank you for inspiring me to have the courage to tell my story as well.” – J. Brenner

I have also received a traveling book kit which is basically a large ziplock bag to help protect the book and adhesive labels to attach to the inner front cover to allow the finder to track/log where they found the book. I thought it was an interesting idea and I plan to send out four paperback copies along with a homemade bookmark. Hopefully the bookmark with help keep the pages from being folded (dog ear).

Bookcrossing

Where will I leave them? One will be left in town, the precise location is still unknown. The second will be left on the Norwegian Epic cruise ship sometime during the month of December of this year. As for the other two, that has yet to be determined. The labels are in place and have been noted as 1 of 4, 2 of 4 and so on. Hopefully those readers will also make note in the journal entry as to which one they found to help make it easier to keep track.

Otherwise, I have been busy blogging and working part-time. I do have an idea for a children’s book series, but I haven’t started on that project yet. Other than that, it’s business as usual and nothing overly exciting news to report.

Happy Thursday~ Hannah