Instead of blathering today, I'll post Nina's question from the comments: "Why would a site possibly not recognize an author's book w/o an ARC promo?
What kinds of sites (other than Amazon) accept reader reviews?"
I can only answer in generalities. I have little time or patience for sorting out the rapidly multiplying review sites on the internet. I suspect some of them are set up by eager readers who want free books, but many of them are excellent resources for learning about new books and authors. So I leave my publicity up to a person who works with review sites and knows the legitimate ones. Having talked to many of those reviewers, I am aware that they're swamped, literally swamped with towers of ARCs and books every month. The numbers of books published today, especially if e-books are included, is nigh on to astronomical. And if romance continues as 50% of mass market, then romance reviewers have to be saints to sort through the detritus of an avalanche.
All of that is to say that reviewers get to choose which books they review, and they have no reason to read or review books that don't interest them. So sending ARCs to every review site available is an expensive throw of the dice. Chances are far higher that reviewers would rather review Nora and Jayne and their favorite authors than a newbie who wrote her first vampire-erotica-thriller-futuristic. So reviews are not guaranteed.
As to places that collect reader reviews, I'm not certain. I know RT has a lot of chat boards where readers can discuss their favorite books. I believe All About Romance has reader chat boards. There's a new website where authors review their favorite books called Writers Are Readers. And there's a yahoo group that started as a list of librarians discussing romance and has branched out to include readers and authors. (I'm not sure that link works since it's not a website) Beyond that, we'll have to hope someone will drop by and supply better info than I can. Anyone out there?
Today I spent inundated in e-mail and revising the summary for the women's fiction book. Not one of my more productive days!
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