Sandra’s Book Reviews

Sandra’s Book Reviews

 

So for a long time I’ve struggled with getting my book to get reviews. It didn’t matter what I did, how much I spent or pleaded. I just could not get reviews. Then I would get so upset because I would see a post on facebook from someone saying I just released my first book and in three days I have 52 reviews thank you all so much… Then I would sit back and be like how? How is that possible? So I would ask them and they would say oh I don’t know I just got lucky. I would ask how much did you spend? I didn’t I just posted on facebook… So I would look stun go check out there book they were talking about and some were simply amazing while others…. well cover and story i’m sure my eight year old could do better…. But yet they would have soooo many reviews. So I set out for a why to get reviews, honest reviews from real people. Then after years I found Sandra and her review program and while i’m still new to the program I can say one thing about it… WOW! I only wished I could have found it all those years ago. So if your struggling and want real reviews this is the way to go. I reached out to her and this below is from her and her program. If you decided to join it just let her know I sent you and I promise you want regret it!

Q: First, tell us how you came to be a published author and how you came up with the idea to

provide services to authors.
A: I wrote my first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, WHILE I was still in college. The book follows
the story of a 14-year old Mexican-American girl trying to get out of the barrio and make something of

her life. Full of humor and refreshing dialogue, this book was voted as an inspirational favorite by teen
readers. Shortly after that, I wrote the sequel entitled Beyond the Gardens, published in October 2009.
In the second book, the lead heroine gains new confidence and strength as she learns the hard way that
“you can take the girl out of the barrio, but you can’t take the barrio out of the girl.”
I write stories with strong and independent female characters that I, myself, would like to read about.
When I’m not writing, I get my fill on reading for the enjoyment as well as to improve my craft.
Like every published author, I was emailing book bloggers, asking them to please review my book.
But, like querying to a publisher, most of them were unresponsive and some weren’t interested. And, of
course, I used paid services that would list my book in their newsletters, reaching potential readers that
may or may not review my book. That worked out okay. But let’s face it: getting reviews is tough. It’s
hard when your book isn’t well publicized and no one is willing to give it chance. That’s what started
my book blog. Initially, it started as just a blog for my own personal reviews on books that I read. At
that point, I started taking requests from authors and publishers. My own personal review would be
free, but, of course, like every other blogger, I only chose the ones that I wanted and rejected those that
I didn’t. Yes, my readings tastes are pretty open in a wide variety of genres, but there are some that just
don’t really interest me (i.e. westerns, politics sports, etc.) So how do I help those rejected authors get

reviews? After all, I couldn’t possibly review them all. That’s when I came up with the idea of starting a
book club of readers and a review program to supply authors with more reviews besides the one that I
give them. Readers can sign up to get free books from authors, and authors can get reviews for their
books. It’s a simple, easy, and convenient program. And it’s working!
Q: How can this review program benefit writers?
A: The review program allows authors to list their books and reach a wide range of readers. It’s been a
hit so far! About 85% of participating authors get at least 1 – 2 reviews on Amazon, and we receive
over 75 reviews a month from readers. And the best part about it is that we offer free ways for authors
to list their book in our program. As an author, I totally understand that budgets can be tight, which
makes it harder (maybe even impossible) to promote your books. Most authors shy away to any promo
service when there’s a price. What better price is there than FREE?
Q: What do you think is the most important aspect of a book to make it sell?
A: The story itself along with a fabulous cover is definitely important. But probably the most important

would have to be reviews. Let’s face it: reviews are the life blood of any book. More reviews equal a
greater online exposure and a higher sales ranking, which, could result in sales. My book, Single
Chicas, has over 70 reviews, and that has given me more royalties on Kindle sales. The reviews made
the difference because before I got no royalties, and now I’m surprised to actually see one come
through knowing that I didn’t do any promotion. Book reviews are definitely the key thing here.
Q: How is your author review program unique?
A: My review program is unique because I offer a free option for authors, and I do that because I want
authors of all kinds to get a fair chance at getting reviews for their books. Every book deserves a
review. These are HONEST and LEGIT reviews. There is no buying reviews here. Readers are free to
choose any book and reserve the right in whether or not a review gets posted. It’s all strictly voluntary
and 100% honest.
Q: I see on your website that you also do graphics. Would you mind telling us a little more about
that end of your service?
A: As a graphic designer, I help authors with book covers, bookmarks, flyers, social media graphics,
headers, and so on. I often try to offer clients bundle packages that include graphic design, book
promotion, AND an opportunity to get listed in my review program to reach potential reviewers daily. I
definitely know what authors want and I try to give that to them in a bulk deal.
Q: How can authors and readers sign up?
For authors interested in submitting their book to get reviews, please go to:
https://sandrasbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/08/submit-your-book.html
For readers interested in signing up to read free books, please go to:
https://sandrasbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/09/read-review-program.html

 

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