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What You Can Do!

July 9, 2009

I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes and offers of support. I’ve been getting all kinds of messages from people asking what they can do to help, so I thought I’d share a couple of things for those of you who don’t know.

The first thing you can do to help a book you like is to post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders. If you go to those sites and type in the book you want to review, the listing will come up and you should see a button that says something like, “Create your own review” or “Post a review”. All you have to do is review the book from there – and it can be short and simple. One sentence even!

The other thing that a lot of people know is that it helps a book’s ranking to have people click “Like” under the good reviews and/or “Yes” under “Was this review helpful to you.” So if you have the time and feel inclined, commenting positively under the good reviews will also help the overall standing of the book.

Lastly, a lot of people discount the importance of social networking, but I happen to be on the other side of the fence; I think it makes a HUGE difference. Think about it; if one person posts a bulletin or update about a book, movie… ANYTHING! and they get one other person to post to their group of Friends and so on and so on… well, that’s A LOT of people who get to hear about a book they’ve never heard about. Maybe they won’t all go out and buy it, but there’s a reason companies spend BIG money on Brand ID. It makes a different to see a cover and hear a title over and over again. It sticks in the brain, and when people get to talking about books or they’re in the bookstore, even if they don’t realize it, the books they’ve seen and heard about over and over again will be the ones with which they feel most familiar. So if you’re inclined and want to help, it would be awesome if you’d be willing to post a bulletin or announcement on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, writing it across the sky, sending a singing telegram… er, okay, never mind those last two. 😉 Seriously, though, it can be as simple as “Suggesting” the page of your favorite book to your Friends – and Facebook makes this very easy by giving you a little link underneath the default photo of any page. It says “Suggest to Friends” and if you click on it, you can either choose which Friends you think would be interested in the book or you can send the suggestion to all your Friends. It helps! And they can decide from there if it’s something they want to add.

And while you’re at it, if there are any other books you like (*cough*Eyes Like Stars*cough*)…


Take a minute to review and rate their reviews, too!

And THANK YOU! There are SO many books out there and you guys make ALL the difference in spreading the word.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2009 10:38 am


    I’m also from Canada… I guess you have a market with us Canucks.

    I really enjoyed this post. It was very helpful and informative. Thanks!

    I have just pre-ordered Prophecy of the Sisters online and I can’t wait to read it. The cover is beyond gorgeous!


    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 10, 2009 11:38 am

      Thanks so much, Sonia! I really hope you enjoy it!

      I’ve been so lucky with Little Brown – they do a great job with every facet of publication. My cover designer, Alison Impey, is basically a genius. She did the cover for Malinda Lo’s ASH as well. Have you seen it? It’s gorgeous!

      Anyway, please keep in touch and let me know how you like Prophecy!


  2. July 9, 2009 5:31 pm

    Together we can take over the world… one review at a time!

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 10, 2009 12:13 am

      Lmao! Totally! ❤

  3. July 9, 2009 1:44 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve just finished my review of Prophecy of the Sisters for my blog! (Can be found at ) It was brilliant, and I enjoyed the novel greatly!

    I’m from Canada, so no Borders or Barnes & Noble over here, but I’ve put up a copy of my review on Chapters.Indigo (the major book retailer over here) and Goodreads.

    Only about three weeks ’til the official release now! Yay!

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      July 10, 2009 12:14 am

      It’s a wonderful review! Thanks you so much!

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