SFFMP 94: Putting Together an ARC Team, Getting Lots of Reviews, and Publishing More Often with Anna Hackett
Science fiction romance and adventure romance author, Anna Hackett, regularly has 80-100 reviews on her books within a few days of release. We asked her about how she created a great team of reviewers who get early copies and leave prompt reviews. She’s also increased her productivity substantially in the last couple of years and often publishes a short novel each month now, so we asked her about that too.
Here are a few more specifics on what we covered:
- Mining your existing readers/newsletter subscribers to find people for a review team (and how to get started building that mailing list if yours doesn’t have many subscribers yet)
- The logistics of contacting reviewers with advanced review copies and making sure they can download the ebooks to their readers of choice.
- How many reviews you should be shooting for with a new release
- Increasing productivity by giving yourself deadlines (even if you don’t have to publish on a certain day)
- Writing shorter novels, if it makes sense for your style and your genre
- Keeping all the balls in the air when juggling multiple series
- Tips for newer authors trying to get those early reviews
- Focusing on writing and publishing books as the most effective form of marketing
- Whether there’s a downside to giving away review copies to readers who likely would have purchased the books
- Do book giveaways and contests help garner more reviews?
If Anna’s books sound interesting to you, she has several permafree adventures that you can check out:
Among Galactic Ruins (Phoenix Adventures — space romance)
Marcus (Hell Squad, Book 1 — dystopian romance)
Time Thief (Anomaly Series, Book 1)
Anna also has a boxed set available for free if you visit her site and sign up for her newsletter.