Welcome to Chick Loves Lit for a Mini Bloggiesta Mini Challenge!
Not sure what Bloggiesta is? It’s a specific time period where lots of bloggers get together to make improvements to their blogs. Sometimes the improvements are things you haven’t done in awhile – updating archives, scheduling posts – and sometimes they are things you learn, like how to post a giveaway widget. Check out their website for lots more information (and for more challenges)!
Today I am here to talk about posting your reviews in multiple places. It is immensely helpful for you to cross post reviews to places that consumers may seem them, such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads. In my opinion, if you’re receiving advanced copies and working with publishers, you should already be doing this. But I know how hard it can be to keep track of what you’ve posted where.
I am going to show you how I keep track so you can come up with a system that works for you.
The easiest thing for me to do is use a color coded system in Google Calendar. I used to write my schedule in a planner and use highlighters, so you could do that as well, but I like the accessibility of having my Google Calendar anywhere I may be on a computer.
I use four colors as to not make it so complicated I don’t want to keep up with it.
Red: Content to be written/received
This is for reviews I have not yet written, interview questions I haven’t received back, and the like
Yellow: Content Ready
If I have a review written but not posted, I use yellow. I also always use yellow for Waiting on Wednesday posts since all of that information is ready to be grabbed from Amazon or Goodreads
This one’s simple – the post is finished and scheduled!
Blue is the color I like to see most on my calendar! Blue means a review has been completely archived.
What does archived mean?
Archived can mean different things to different people. To me, it means the following:
-The review has been posted to Goodreads
-The review has been posted to Amazon
-The post has been appropriately added to my blog’s archive
Because there are times I post reviews before a book’s release date, this system is especially important because you cannot post reviews to Amazon and other consumer websites before the release date. By keeping these posts “green” in my calendar, I know to go back and take the steps to make them “blue” once the book has released.
So what’s the challenge?
You have two options for this challenge. You can either:
Come up with an organizational way to keep track of where your posts are
Use your current organizational system and post at least TEN reviews to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or another website of your choice
It’s so beneficial for publishers and authors for you to put these reviews in each of the places someone buying the book may see them! I strongly feel that you should make this part of your normal blog routine.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re doing for this challenge! Do you have a different way you organize things? Do you already post to Amazon? Have you managed to get your ten reviews on IndieBound? Let me know!