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Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt
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Finding reviewers the old-fashioned way takes time - but is the polite way to develop what I need most, reviewers who actually care about the book (if not me). I'm pretty sure it depends on the specific books and the particular kind of author, but when you write a mainstream literary love story it is deadly to attract reviewers who prefer Romances - too long, too difficult to read the way they prefer, and fails completely at meeting their expectations. Reviews obtained that way are not good reviews - I have my short store of them; I'm wiser now.

That said, having a 1*, a 2*, and two 3* reviews (my Top Critical Review on Amazon is great) lends legitimacy to a book, after the author gets over herself (yeah, the first one stings), and can allow a potential reader exactly the right information for his own decision.

There IS no short way to good reviews. Not for first-time authors (even if they've been writing forever).
Indie authors' real pain
Indie authors' real pain
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Personalizing a contact email, especially one requesting some work from a reviewer, is worth the time and effort. It takes a while to find the right person to review a mainstream novel, and you do NOT want people who prefer, say, Romance reading OR reviewing. All they do is tell you you are missing some Romance convention or other. You should edit - but not your novel; edit your method of choosing a reviewer to approach. And most reviewers are already overwhelmed, and have a preferred way for choosing books to review. Respect their time. If they have a submission process, follow it. This seems so obvious!

Though maybe the brash methods work for some - and I still get Nigerian get-rich schemes in my email.
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Dear Mary,

Please accept my condolences. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

Alicia
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You've described my ME/CFS - perfectly.
On Being Knackered
On Being Knackered
philwhiteland.blogspot.com
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I've always been more fascinated by one aspect of celebrities: how they meet the people they marry, how the marriages work out (they often don't - big egos? schedules?), and why some do work.

It's a big part of Pride's Children, the novel I published late last year.
THE NEW RONA BARRETT
THE NEW RONA BARRETT
confessionsofadisableddiva.blogspot.com
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If you don't speak, who will? Encourage others at your facility to either blog, or write something you can post.

As long as you are truthful and respectful, no one should have an issue with you telling it like it is - I'm appalled by some of the things that have happened to you. You are a sweet and mild person, from your writings. I doubt it was your fault when an aide abused you, as you don't have this problem with everyone. I wish I were close enough to visit.
CIVIL RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
CIVIL RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
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Good for Cher and her people. That's fantastic!
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Thanks for sharing what it's like - I don't often think about it, but I know it is hard for people like you. I am so non-functional compared to 'normal' people that I sometimes forget other people would trade with me in a second. I am grateful for what I have, too.

I am especially grateful that I can write. It keeps me sane.
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?
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It's a serious consideration, staying at a weight that is easy to manage - and is also healthy for you - when exercise isn't possible, and hunger is hard to manage. Healthy eating - whatever works for you is a good plan - but be sure you have your little escapes, or your mind will nag at you.

I have a mobility problem, and I can't eat much in the way of carbs because they make me crave more, and the weight goes on. Slowly but steadily. And then I have to cut everything out for a while, and that makes me even tireder. Not fair! We'd exercise if we could!
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
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Congratulations - reviews are very nice (though a FEW more words would be encouraging).

Readers have no idea how much influence they can have on getting more of the books they like - by encouraging the writers, when they find one whose writing makes them happy. It is, after all, their money and their time.

I'm sure you already have a request for reviews in the back of your books - that's the best time to catch people, when they've just been satisfied - IF they're reading in a format which makes that easy. Sigh. Often it is NOT easy.
Give Me Just A Little Of Your Time
Give Me Just A Little Of Your Time
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