Why Book Reviews Matter! Part Two-The Financial Side

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Okay so *cracks knuckles*.

We promised we’d make a post about how both retailer site reviews help on the creative side and another on the financial side of things. Both are and should be important because, let’s face it, writing isn’t all about creativity and entertainment, it’s also a business and a ton of writers make their livings off writing alone.

There are tons of reasons why reviews impact your favorite(or not so favorite) book financially but for time purposes, Libertad and I wanted to sim it down to five solid reasons why reviews are so important on retailer sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Itunes and why you should consider leaving some on your favorite authors books like now!

1.You’re a bargain reader

Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bargain reader. I’m more like likely to splurge on books that are 2.99 and under, especially if the author is new to me. A book priced at .99 cents is excellent and free is especially great if it’s the beginning to a series but did you know that authors need at least 10 reviews averaging of at least a 4.0 to spread awareness about their .99 cents and free books discounts? I know you’re all going “what does that mean?”

Well, it means that a lot of times authors(us especially) really want to discount their books at .99 cents or even free but can’t because it’s super hard to get that first ten reviews when you’re relatively new. That means it takes us about a month or two to be able to advertise our discounted novel with book discount sites like Bookbub when we’d really love to be able to start doing it from the very beginning.

If you’re someone who loves supporting your favorite authors but are on a tight budget, consider joining their ARC team and leaving a review on their book’s release day. Even if you’re not technically buying the books, you’re still a very valuable asset to your favorite writers when you help them out with ARC reviews that you post on retailer sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. People tend to skip books with no reviews and will often only take a chance on them if they’re in KU.

Even we have our favorite authors( Guinevere loves Delaney Diamond and Kahillah Fox while I adore Victoria H. Smith and Rebekah Weatherspoon y’all, just sayin) but with how often we both read(especially since we prefer audiobooks) when one of our favorite writers discounts a book we just thank the heavens! It’s a beautiful way to still support your favorite author on the financial side. The more reviews a book has, the more times we can give it away at a lower price point to entice new readers like yourself. So overall, leaving reviews is a win-win situation for both parties!

2. Target Audience

Target Audience is key for knowing who to market a book to. Writers are often told to write, creating a fictional avatar, or “their biggest fan”, because it’s easier to market to one person than a random sea of people.

That helps for morale as far as writing the book, but in promoting a book not so much. Sometimes your intended audience is not always who ends up being your target audience.

One of biggest examples follow our first three series’ and I’ll give examples for each of them(even though the NA is similar, so I’ll combine those two).

Our very first published novel was The Mark of Noba. We made a lot of mistakes in promoting the novel, because we were being too broad of what kind of audience we were trying to capture for it. Since it’s a YA novel with elements of science fiction AND fantasy, we were never really sure what category or audience would enjoy it better, so we always went with its time travel aspect.

Take in mind, for years we’d been told its Urban Fantasy. We thought it had an UF feel, but our stubborn ways hurt it more than helped. We always thought our interracial couple on the cover was killing its visibility, but when a prolific author in the indie community gave her take on our book’s cover, as well as the reviews that weren’t always positive voicing such, we knew it was time to rebrand it.

We ended up reformatting the book, as well as changing elements to amp up the fantasy factor a bit. We went with a custom photoshoot to capture the two main characters in a way stock art wasn’t giving us(and we still went with our interracial couple) and redid the cover.

Since it’s re-release, its stayed in the top 100 of some of its major categories on Amazon, all because we decided to promote it as an Urban Fantasy as opposed to a YA Time Travel book. Reviews helped us brand the book to the right audience, otherwise we would’ve been promoting it to the wrong people until this day.

Now I know you’re thinking, I write/read romance! How does that help me?

Learning your target audience through the help of reviews is very, if not more helpful in romance than any other genre. First off, the rules to romance are very simple.

  1. The romance must be the biggest part of the story
  2. It must happen in a HEA or HFN
  3. Must end emotionally satisfying

Pretty simple, right? But even after knowing that, there are a couple dozen subgenres in romance, proving that romance isn’t one size fits all.

Our New Adult series’ Bookish Friends To Lovers as well as Friends That Have Sex are also interracial romance books. For marketing purposes, Interracial Romance I’m going to refer to interchangeably with Contemporary Romance, because to me they’re the same thing, same tone, just assume if I’m talking about CR, I’m referring to IR in the same thread. Back to the post, both series feature characters who fall for someone of an opposite race, despite that not being the biggest part of the plot.

We were lucky enough to get two Bookbubs last year that were within weeks of one another for both series—one paid, one free. Book Two from the BFTL series got approved in African American, while F*THS got approved in New Adult.

Take in mind, both of these series’ are New Adult. Both of these series feature Black women. Both of these series feature interracial couples. But they also both have controversial topics to bring up in romance.

Same Page, book one featured a guy who’d had a relationship with someone outside of his long distance girlfriend and marijuana use; F*THS featured a girl battling Hodkin’s Lymphoma who wasn’t likable, with marijuana and LSD use. Both were friends to lovers books, both had topics readers either cheered or jeered.

After putting them on promo, you can expect a handful of new reviews, both good and bad. Especially with a discount book list as big as Bookbub. After you shift through some of the reviews, you notice who enjoy the books more.

So even though they’re still interracial books, and we’re still going to promote them that way, the New Adult audience expects a little more edge/angst than traditional contemporary romance. So now we know, without a doubt, that Same Page and F*THS are definitely New Adult.

3. Sales

Believe it or not, the amount of reviews a book has(especially verified purchases) a slight impact on how your book ranks on Amazon. And since Amazon is where a lot of authors make a huge percentage of their sales, that’s really super helpful.

I know when we get a new review, we notice our page reads and sales go up a little, sometimes a lot. We’ve heard it may have a lot to do with Amazon’s algorithms. I know a lot of authors fear getting ones and twos, but we can be the first to tell you we’ve gotten a plethora of ones and two and not once has it impacted our sales. Amazon tends to push the books they think are selling so new reviews on top of a book that’s already slightly selling, means Amazon will push it in front of people more.

Visibility is key when finding new reads and you can’t find your next favorite read without visibility. Reviews aren’t the only factor in that, but they do contribute a little to the way Amazon pushes it in front of the right readers, that means you!

4. Credibility

Sometimes it’s not even the amount of reviews a book has. It’s about if there are enough reviews to give an insight of what people liked and disliked about a story. I don’t know about you but when I see a book in my “Recommended For You” emails and they get a click out of me, I’m always a bit disappointed when every review I see is a 4 or 5 and all the reviews say is “This author does it again”, but doesn’t tell me anything about whether I want to pick it up or not.

Which review tells you more about your next TBR:

Amazon Reviewer:

I loved this book so much! Characters were great! Pick it up right now!

Or

Amazon Reviewer:

This book had so much going on that it held my attention. Not a fan of cheating but the hero won me over and I really rooted for him and the heroine even though he was cheating on his gf to be with her. This book isn’t for everyone, but the chemistry is crazy good and I gotta say, this is my first time sympathizing with a cheater. I kept thinking there’s no way he’s going to….but then he did. I hated myself for liking him but he was so damn sexy!Ugh!

Which review would you trust? Both are short and slightly praising but one is more informative.

That’s how a ton of the reviews are like for our first NA romance Same Page, Book 1 of the Bookish Friends To Lovers series. The second review tells everyone who might want to read it that there’s cheating in the book. If you don’t like cheating, this review just helped you decide that it isn’t for you. See how much weight the power you readers have? You help each other and this is especially important when there are so many other books out there that have the themes you’d rather read about.

Lesson of the Day:

Reviews, especially honest ones, give books credibility. It lets the next person browsing their recommended list that all the reviews aren’t left by just friends and family, lol. Although I wish our family did this because we have a huge one!

5. Proof that your favorite books are profitable

How many times have we all heard the lie that books about non-white, non-straight people don’t sell. Personally, we’ve heard it too many times to count. And they’re often from readers or writers that would never read or write about a brown person to begin with.

My sister and I write multicultural YA urban fantasy and contemporary, as well as New Adult and Contemporary Romance. All of our heroines are of African descent, ranging in culture. Nigerian-American, Cuban American, Haitian American and in one of our African American Romances we planned to release this year, a heroine is even Afro-British, London accent and all, of Ghanaian ancestry. Writing inclusively isn’t really a choice. It’s our lives. So when people say diverse romance or diverse YA doesn’t sell, here’s what we hear: We don’t fall in love. We’re one-dimensional and worse of all, our stories don’t matter.

(This one features an Afro-British Ghanian Heroine with and An Afro-Boricua hero!)

Mainstream books(books with solely white characters) tend to have thousands of reviews, whereas many African American, Multicultural or Interracial romances are just pushing a few hundred. I know for a fact that our books don’t get reviewed as much as they get read. Since many of our titles are in Kindle Unlimited, it’s tough to see your book being read over one hundred times in one a day and for every one hundred maybe one will review it. We get it, ain’t nobody got time to leave a review for every book that they read when there’s barely enough time to start the next book in queue. But leaving a review whether you loved or hated it proves someone was interested in it enough to buy it, canceling out the background noise that inclusive book can’t or won’t sell. Reviews help prove these haters wrong!

If you haven’t read Part One, The Creative Side of this post, be sure to check it out here. You’re sure to reach a few *a-ha* moments from there too!

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Why Book Reviews Matter! Part One-The Creative Side

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I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing about the conversation about reviews. As an author they’re helpful, as a reader they’re helper, but I know some folk think reviews aren’t important. I was actually inspired by an author friend M. Hollis, who recently wrote a twitter thread about how helpful reviews are to marginalized writers, who have the hardest time getting their books in front of the people who might most enjoy them(check out M. Hollis’ screenshots or click on them to see her TL).

So I’ll start off by saying this post won’t be fancy. It’s not filled with statistics or interesting data that took months to curate. It’s just two author’s opinions on why reviews matter, not just to the author, but to lovers of books as well.

For some clarity, I’m a former book blogger. I try to blog. I wish I had more time to blog. But my sister and I have been trying to make writing work for us in a different way in 2017 than in our previous years published, and sometimes we sacrifice the things we love, because we love writing more. But my blogger background knows, we absolutely hate being begged, asked, held at knife point to review books on a retailer site, even if we sometimes liked the book.

Maybe it’s because Amazon ain’t shit? Maybe it’s because we don’t know how important they are to the reader who might potentially pick it up. I know I didn’t know in my past! I must’ve posted 100 reviews on my book blog that never made it to a retailer site. Since becoming an author, I realize how important they are, and not just what authors might call a “good review”, but critical ones can help, too.

Reviews in general help an author or a reader for a number of reasons, but I’m planning on doing two posts about this, one on the creative side, and one on the business side of why a book review on a retailer side can really steer readers, and even authors in the right direction of where to go next.

But this post I wanted to focus on the emotional side on how reviews on retailer sites help. If you enjoy it, consider looking out for the part two, on how it’s helpful on the business side.

Without further ado, some of the awesome reasons why reviews help both readers and authors.

Direction and Content

Readers really have a lot of say in the indie community, or at least they do in my eyes. Much like the standalone vs series argument, if a reader likes a particular couple’s story, or a major supporting character in a story, reviews tend to voice that.

For example, we released Same Page in December of 2015. Even though we’d planned Next Chapter, we never really thought about continuing the series with different characters, even though their work environment was very colorful.

So many people have liked one of our major supporting characters Ruby Jiang-Cruz, that we thought it wouldn’t be right not to give her own story. So many people were asking “Where’s Ruby’s story?” and to be honest, that shaped the future of the series with our rebrand of it.

I think the most brilliant thing about being an independently published author, is that we have complete control over our content. Especially when that content isn’t working.

The rebranding of the Bookish Friends To Lovers series came from a lot of reviews telling us they felt Next Chapter ended on a cliffhanger. Since it’s New Adult, it wasn’t meant to be one, as rules for NA are very different than Contemporary Romance. They can end in Happily For Now’s more often, but we felt if we were going to change something as big as the ending, we wanted to add additional content to both SP and NC, as well as change the covers, and the series title.

Reviews have voiced so many things we were pretty lax about, that if they didn’t exist, we would’ve left the series the way it was.

We’re going to rebrand one more time, to address more commentary in the reviews, but without them, I don’t think we would’ve made such a great effort to make them more appealing to readers.

Standalones Vs Series

One of the hardest decisions as an author is whether to focus on a stand-alone or a series. Both have pros and cons, and most of our book ideas we’re emotionally invested in for different reasons, so if we created a WIP, you can guarantee one story is not more important or holds less value than another for us.

But we made the mistake of starting nearly every single book we’ve released in the last 18 months all series’. The only stand-alone book we have is Wander This World, and we had as much fun penning that as we did the series’. But the con to Wander This World is that it’s our least profitable book—or rather, since there’s no sell-through potential, it earns the least.

But we can tell you it is the one book that gives us the least stress. Series’ are hard. A lot of people don’t know that even though we’d planned to make Same Page and Next Chapter, as well as F*THS and Friends That Still… books that related to one another, we came out with the first books without the second book right after the first release, because we were trying to see if there was even a market for their controversial material.

We really couldn’t or wouldn’t have moved forward if we hadn’t gotten reviews telling us whether it was a smart enough move to.  I’ll explain more about this in a different post, when it comes to the financial reason why reviews are important =)

But once the response for both books were frequent enough to move forward, we decided to pen their sequels too, We were new writers, so we didn’t want to focus on continuing a story people hated.

Now that they’re both out, the pressure to build off these first books is quite demanding, especially when you want to focus on new material, and new characters to fall in love with, that face different challenges. F*THS and Same Page were SO fun to write, but because people liked Tim/Naima and Asher/Teddy(even though most don’t connect with her as much as Ash) the pressure to continue their story is a lot of weight.

Stand-alones however, allow you to write one story. Snap your fingers and you’re done. There are pressures to make sequels to stand-alones, but with books you intend to be a series, reviews really push an author to keep moving forward with that series, even when they don’t really want to.

My sister and I are a team, but we have our own ideas. Most of our ideas are come from the individual, and then the other sister helps flesh out the ideas that don’t make as much sense to them. Point blank: Sometimes I want to work on my shit, and sometimes she wants to work on her shit XD We’re constantly bumping heads, so if we don’t have something to push us, we won’t help each other until the last minute.

Author Appreciation

Writers are human. Writers are readers. Writers are just like everyone else. Especially independent authors. We don’t have publicists or agents(not true for some since many indies are now being repped) to sift through when you want to drop a line to one of your favorite authors but they feel so far away because everything goes through their “teams” first.

We’re right here. Available by email, available by Facebook or just one tweet away. Authors love hearing from readers. We’re readers just as much as we are writers, and it really makes our day to know someone reading our book enjoyed it as much as we did at the time writing it. This is especially true when a writer isn’t at all motivated at the time, which happens a lot when you have the pressure of deadlines and real life issues plaguing you.

But the comments, reviews and emails that always stick with me are the ones that mention how much people loved things we had planned to cut or downplay, like intersectional identity or culture. Those are things that are really important to my sister and I and we always fear people think we’re being too extra with it. But when people tell us that they adore the fact that we make culture a huge part of characters’ lives, it really warms our heart being raised in a different culture ourselves (My sister and I are Cuban American, Huepa!)

Reviews are especially important on retailer sites like Amazon for us because we don’t read Goodreads reviews, AT ALL. We’re firm believers in GR being where readers connect. As readers ourselves, we like the freedom of just being able talk to other readers since we both have reader accounts and everything is stress-free and unbiased. Vowing to keep it that way. But to sum it all up, leaving reviews is just another small way of you showing appreciation to the content an author is putting out there. It only takes a few seconds but leaves a huge impact! Especially for us because we’re so appreciative when y’all do!

But those are just some of the creative reasons why reviews help on retailer sites. Even just a few words help the reader looking to pick up their next read, and the author not sure on where to go with their next WIP!

Don’t forget to check out Why Book Reviews Matter! Part Two-The Financial Side!

This post was brought to you by Guinevere! Part II will be brought to you by Libertad!

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★★★★72 Signed Paperbacks up for grabs in the 12 Days of Giveaways!★★★★

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How much do you love signed paperbacks from your favorite romance authors?

Yeah. We thought so.

You’ve heard of the Twelve Days of Christmas? We’re offering Twelve Days of Giveaways.

Enter to win one of twelve prize packs.

Each prize pack will contain SIX signed books.

If you’re already a collector, you’ll be in heaven. If you’ve never owned a signed paperback before, you’ll start your collection with a bang. Either way, entry is simple.

One simple entry will subscribe you to 70 Romance Author Newsletters.

Unsubscribe any time, but please don’t label us as spam. Better still, stick around and get to know us.

Participating Authors:

AJ Norris | Alyson Reynolds | Amie Stuart | Amy L Gale | Anna B. Madrise | Annie Anderson | Bethany Lopez | Bethany Shaw | Brinda Berry | Brittney Coon | Candace Clark | Candace Knoebel | Christa Cervone | Christi Barth | DD Lorenzo | Debra Parmley | Diana Quincy | Eileen Cruz Coleman | Elianne Adams | Eva Winters | G.L. Tomas | India Millar | J.M. Adele | Ja’Nese Dixon | Jamie Farrell | JB Schroeder | Jenn Windrow | Jennifer Locklear | Jennifer Ryder | Joanna Shupe | Joanne Dannon | Josie Bordeaux | Kelly Collins | Kelly Moore | Kimi Flores/K.A. Hunter | L A Cotton | L Chapman | Leigh Anderson | Lisa Ladew | Lisa Shelby | Liz Durano | M.M. Chabot | Margo Bond Collins | Mary Abshire | Mary Hughes | Mayra Statham | Michele Mannon | Michelle Irwin | MJ Summers | Monica Corwin | Nancee Cain | Nikki Lynn Barrett | Rissa Blakely | S.M. Schmitz | Shaniel Watson | Sheila Kell | Shelique Lize | Skye Jordan | Sybil Bartel | Sydney Aaliyah Michelle | Tania Cooper | Terra Kelly | Theresa Troutman | Tracey Pedersen | Tracy Ellen | Victoria Pinder | Wendy Knight
Enter to win!
Enter here: http://lovekissedbookbargains.com/signed-paperback-giveaway/

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Lover of romance books? Enter this bookish giveaway!

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We’re feeling festive so I’ve joined forces with these amazing authors to bring you a HUGE giveaway running from the 15th December – 20th. Looking forward to the New Year’s sales? We’ve got $500 cash to give away, perfect for treating yourself or stocking up on goodies for next year. Check out the authors involved then enter below. And don’t forget to stop by Love Books’ Facebook page for more giveaways happening RIGHT NOW!

 

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Color of Love Hop 2016: Chance to win awesome prizes! #coloroflovehop #CoLHop

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col_banner4So we’re in our second year as authors joining the Color of Love Hop(though it’s our third year, since our first were as bloggers!). For folks just tuning in, the Color of Love Blog Hop is an event that celebrates characters of color in romance themed novels.

Intersectionality is encouraged, but at its base it encourages those who don’t read inclusive romance novels to definitely do so. And what an initiative! Look at all the prizes they offer!

1st prize $50 GC + 7 ebooks

2nd prize $25 GC + 7 ebooks

3rd prize $15 GC + 7 ebooks

4th prize $10  GC + 7 ebooks

5th prize $5 GC + 7 ebooks

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Three of our books are in the mix, but you can win awesome giftcards too! If you’re reading this from our blog, you’ve likely read at least one of our books, but you can win a lot of new-to-you authors! Or even tell a friend about our books if you think they’d like them!

2017 will be a long list of stand alones for us(even though we’ll finish up the Bookish Friends to Lovers, Friends That Have Sex and most of the Sterling Wayfairer series) with a lot less messy than our novels from 2015-16, but man was it fun to pen those books we thought no one would ever read!

Same Page EbookFTHS EbookWander This World

Same Page featured a heroine of Nigerian descent, while F*THS featured an Afro-Cubanx heroine. Wander This World actually features two characters of color, as main characters are Black(she’s often read as Afro-Latinx) and Filipinx.

You can enter through widget below! And good luck!
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Don’t forget to check out the blogs below, so you can hop to see who else is involved!

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September FREE for All-Free book for a limited time! Plus a #giveaway!

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urlCheck out the September FREE for All & Giveaway!

Same Page and F*THS will be free for a limited time!

https://www.amazon.com/Same-Page-Bookish-Friends-Lovers-ebook/dp/B017GH2C9Ghttps://www.amazon.com/THS-Friends-That-Have-Book-ebook/dp/B01CF8F4KA

And that’s not all!

40 Romance Authors are offering 40 books…

Most of them are FREE for a limited time. It’s just our way of thanking our loyal readers.

Even better, we’ve pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.

Here’s the link to the September FREE for All & Giveaway:

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We’re going to be at @blogboundcon this July!

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Ten-Y3CHThere’s a free event we’re managing to take the train to. We’re mainly going for the workshops, but if you’re a YA blogger, consider stopping by!

Authors like Zoraida Cordova, Sona Charaipotra, Heidi Heilig, Kody Keplinger, are going to be there Adam Silvera, plus there are a load of bloggers in the YA community scheduled to speak too!

Blogbound is a small convention by bloggers, for bloggers to talk about issues relating to kidlit blogging and kidlit bloggers. Panels will include topics such as how to blog diversely, a round-table discussion between publicists and bloggers, and a panel for aspiring writers to talk to authors about writing and potential careers.

Blogbound is organized by Nicole Brinkley with the assistance of Julianne Daly and Kaye M. It is free to attend.

Check them out on Twitter @blogboundcon or their website!

When you can fix what you broke…(A tale in self publishing)

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We’ve been going through the motions of what it’s like to be self published, and we’ve learned a few interesting things along the way.

Disclaimer:

All our experience is with Independently publishing books, and this post isn’t meant to scare folks away from going a more traditional route.

But back to the post. What if you had a project you were interested in exploring, spent months with blood, sweat and tears, and money you could never get back, but it didn’t connect with people?

Would you throw in the towel? Or would you research where you went wrong to fix the problem?

We’re releasing an Erotic Romance named “F*THS”. It was meant to be a lot of things. It was supposed to explore themes that are typically shunned in Romance, including friends with benefits themes we got to explore in Same Page, but with people who were single.

The main character Theodora King, like us is Afro-Latina(our first venture making an Afro-Latinx character, yay!) but entertained two love interests. This is what the original cover looked like, which we loved!fthsBut as we put it on Amazon for pre-order, we noticed very little, if any connected to the cover highlighting a girl with two love interests. Romance readers can be very protective of monogamy, and polyamorous relationships are often shunned unless they’re intentionally meant to be Menage a Trois story.

We admit, the main characters are both bisexual. Both are attracted to emotionally, sexually and psychologically to folks who identify as a man or woman(cis or trans). It could’ve easily been geared to be a Menage book for that reason, but there was a fear the audience we were writing it for would feel alienated.

After all, the main female character does gear more toward one than the other. And most of her open door love scenes were only with one.

Same Page, despite how readers responded to the blurb and cover, one-clicked like it was nothing. Two attractive people on the cover sparked an interest that having three people on a cover did not.

When we realized that, we took F*THS down(and lost our pre-order privilege, but hey…)and went back to the drawing board.

We heavily emphasized the relationship between the two main characters more, and while it garnered a less brave story, it allowed the audience we’re writing it for to seek it out more. All of these changes were literally made overnight. All of it required reworking chapters, a new blurb, and a new cover.

Traditional publishing is awesome. The resources in comparison are unmatched. But they want books to win. They spend a ton of money trying to make something win. Storify-ed conversations about diversity in romance by Alisha Rai and K.M. Jackson highlight it better than we could, especially since they’re traditional/hybrid authors.

Diversity in Romance-Why it matters

We Need Diverse Romance

But we’ve since redid the cover to reflect the changes:fthis(1)The cover has a sleeker look, different models, and an interesting design. I can’t say whether it’s better or worse, but it’s definitely been better received.

I hope to be braver, and be able to introduce relationships that aren’t always monogamous. Being polyamourous isn’t negative, it’s just modern society isn’t used to a relationship with more than one person.

Maybe these changes were for the better =D

We received our first advanced review, and it was well received. All the fears we had are still there.

Fear of an Afro-Latina character who doesn’t have long cascading hair, or looser curls, with much darker skin. Fear of two characters who identify as bi-sexual. Fear of friends with benefits stories. Fear of creating a Black woman with a chronic illness. ALL of these things were the things some of the advanced reviewers connected with. There are other topics in the story(along with a cliffhanger, which folks hate!) they wont connect with. So we’re preparing ourselves for those who wont connect to it now XD

But we regret very little about self publishing. It’s not every day you can fix something you broke…

You can request F*THS on Netgalley =D Click the link or book above for details!

Not on Netgalley? Shoot us an email at rebelliousvalkyriepress at gmail dot com! We’d be happy to provide advanced copies to those willing to provide reviews for it’s release!

Release Day Jitters: Same Page by G.L. Tomas

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http://www.amazon.com/Same-Page-G-L-Tomas-ebook/dp/B017GH2C9G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448755832&sr=8-1&keywords=same+pageSo we’re super hush-hush about this, because all my bloggers friends who like Romance featuring diverse main characters, are folks we really admire and respect, and it just felt sleazy to market to folks, even though they may or may not be interested in a new read.

We’re kinda terrified of the Romance we write. A lot of Romance that’s popular, and actually sells aren’t inclusive. Some readers don’t or can’t even relate to a someone who’s different from them. And when it comes to women of color(and this is definitely no shade. It sells…) we sometimes have to be a certain way for people to connect to us.

Bummer…

Our first release featuring NA/Adult themes(we released a YA SFF as our debut) features a main character who ends up in a complicated situation. It’s basically “the right guy at the wrong time” type of story. It’s a story that’s been told before, so we can’t sell folks on a dream that they haven’t read anything like it.

What we like most about her is that Nigerian-American(shot out to all our Nigerian/West African girls!) and most interracial romance books highlight Black women that hail from Western culture. Not to say the book is solely about her being Nigerian, but she’s close to her culture, and it doesn’t make her any different than an Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean(even though some Latinx are both!)or US/UK bred Black women.

Plus she’s a Supernatural geek, a book lover(works in a book store, the perfect job!) and still a college student at 27, because not everyone gets that degree right out the bat.

Plus she’s digging a cutie named Timothy. Their situation isn’t perfect. That’ll probably turn some people off…

But in our defense, both of us have been in Timothy and Naima’s shoes. It’s not always easy to be in either situation, and I want more books to reflect things normal folk go through. Not everyone is a billionaire or shit, even a millionaire!

Can sista just date a dude with a 9 to 5? XD

We want to create more men of color, and plan to A LOT next year(I’m Team Blasian, Libertad’s Team Blatino)it just happened that our first non-Speculative Fiction/YA release is Black Woman/White Man because it was the most polished at the deadline for our editor.

It’s part of a duology, much like another release we’re planning for the beginning of 2016, but they’ll eventually both be in the Kindle Unlimited Program, so those who have that, it’ll be available at nothing extra to you! If you want to be sure it’ll be something for you, it’ll also be on Netgalley!

We’ll get to learn what works and what doesn’t to help us improve our writing and marketing skills with this book, because NA-Adult Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance is a much different market than our first book.

There are so new plans ahead for 2016, but for now we’re just learning as we go =D
Add to your Goodreads Shelf if it’s something that might interest you. We’re setting up a giveaway for a paperback(that we’re waiting for approval, fingers crossed)so if we’re not mistaken, those who have it in their anticipating lists gets notified!

We’re hosting an annual diversity event on our sister blog Twinja Book Reviews, and you might see a bunch of new faces, or even some you know, since we opened up to a lot of Romance writers and bloggers over the past few weeks!

There’s even a giveaway for that too!

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The Color of Love Blog Hop

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Oh how excited we are to participate in our first Color of Love Blog Hop. We’ve been following it for a few years now(Libertad even one a grand prize one year, talk about luck) and it was an exciting moment to finally be an author on the roster of such seasoned writers as well as some of our favorite Romance bloggers.

Look of that list of people below and would you look at the prizes being offered! Anytime you have a giveaway featuring a Kenya Wright, Laurel Cremant or L.Penelope(sorry for fangirling but we totally met her this October and she was everything a fangirl could hope for) book you know you’re in for some excellent reads.same_pagefthis(1)

We ourselves are offering Same Page, an erotic romance, which will be out December 8th everyone, squee. And another Erotic Romance titled F*THS, which is slated to release February 10th 2016. Multicultural and Interracial Romance are definitely our absolute go-tos in terms of buying taste so trust me when we say, we’re visiting everyone’s spot(And so should you…)and showing their blogs a hell of a lot of love! Be sure to check out all the other ladies on the hop. Discovering new authors are the absolute best!

Interested in any of our up and coming releases? Consider signing up for our newsletter for our NA and Adult Romances here. Like YA too? The newsletter to our YA new releases can be signed up for here. Happy reading, everyone!

GRAND PRIZES

We’ve upped the ante on prizes! Here’s what’s up for grabs

Prizes Gift Cards E-books
1st Prize $75 6
2nd Prize $50 5
3rd Prize $30 5
4th Prize $15 5
5th Prize $10 5
6th Prize $5 5

 

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