Naked in Wonderland

Sending out your book to strangers for review is a little bit like sitting on an examining table, naked for all intents and purposes, waiting for a doctor you've never met to breeze through the door. In this particular case, it's 25 people I've never met - the lucky winners in my LibraryThing Author's Book Giveaway. Here's the deal. I offered copies of Grandmother's Devil & Other Tempting Tales to LibraryThing members, hoping they will read it and leave brief reviews on LibraryThing, Amazon and Goodreads. More than a hundred readers said they would like a copy and LibraryThing selected twenty-five lucky winners based upon an algorithm containing much secret sauce. The rules say I can't "require" a review in exchange for the book. No quid pro quo; there's too much of that going on these days. But "wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more," if you know what I mean. Good reviews are critical to a book's chances of success, one of the few ways independently published writers can hope to get their books noticed by a wider community of readers. And buyers. For today, anyhow, I'm hopeful the doctor won't predict my imminent demise. The books go out in the mail tomorrow.