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Face Reading in India.

Face Reading in India.

First, the celebration.

JAICO, a superb publishing company from India, has just published an authorized edition of “The NEW Power of Face Reading.” Available now all over India!

This is a tremendous honor, and a great opportunity for you Blog-Buddies in India to purchase an inexpensive edition that has been done just beautifully.

And now for…

My Wish — The WHY Behind It

As you read this, my literary agent is preparing to represent my books at the year’s biggest event in publishing, the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF).

In recent years, the number of new foreign contracts for my books has been far lower than previously. Maybe no coincidence: More than before, publishers all over the world are counting on book reviews. Literally. Counting.

Not just reviews by the biggies, like Publisher’s Weekly, where I am disqualified from ever being reviewed, due to being a self-publisher. Even little reviews at Amazon and Goodreads count for a lot. They are counted. And, for all I know, drooled over.

With more and more books published each year, most publishers today work really hard at promoting their authors. In addition, their authors can spend thousands of dollars promoting each book.

Ironically… Leading-Edge Content Makes My Book Harder to Sell.

A Post-New-Age writer isn’t exactly what most publishers seek. (Yet.) Oops.

Writing on a range of (related) topics doesn’t help, either. It hurts me, marketing-wise, that I don’t specialize in just energy READING skills, energy HEALING skills, Empath Empowerment® skills, or Enlightenment Coaching.

Face reading, for instance. I don’t have the full-time job of competing against all the other face readers who are publishing today.

Sure, you may know that all these skills fit into a system, Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES). Publishers don’t care about that. They evaluate one book at a time. Beyond that…

International publishers today are behaving a lot like the traditional New York publishing establishment in America. They think in terms of reviews and numbers, book sales and how many reviews.

For this FBF, I began by updating my book catalog for 2015. Then I was going to prepare fact sheets about my books in print. I was prepared to spend about 30 hours doing it this week. Then we had a bit of chaos over here at the blog, related to the higher volume of traffic. Something that took time to resolve, along with writing blog posts and monitoring the group for empaths on Facebook.

Pouf! There went my 30 hours and my chance to make the deadline.

No repining. This is my higher priority. Can you blame me? Still, foreign publishers and agents don’t care the least bit about a writer’s blog community.

Anyhow, I emailed my agent to ask if he could still represent me properly if I didn’t supply those special fact sheets. He’s a terrific agent, really professional. To my relief, emailing back, he answered yes. He still could represent me. (Represent me as well? Well, maybe not. That isn’t what I had asked.)

In closing he wrote, “Have fun with your blog.”

These words really stung. It brought home to me that, with this agent as well as today’s foreign publishers, I don’t act like a serious author or publisher. Because they are in the business of promoting like crazy and, especially, getting reviews.

What am I to them, a silver-haired senior with a writing hobby who likes to putter around with her little blog? You know, “Just having some fun.”

Reviews and book sales are all that will impress them. That’s just how it is. 

So Here Is My Wish

Please write a short review at amazon.com. Write one for every book of mine that has helped you.

Even a couple of sentences, plus appropriate star rankings, can help RES spread. More than anything else you could do, probably.

Here is a link to paperbacks by Rose Rosetree. And here is a link to my eBooks.

Did you know this about posting a review at Amazon?

  • Not required: That you purchased that book from Amazon.
  • Not required: That you have read every page. You just need enough to have formed an opinion. (Heaven knows, some pretty nasty reviews are posted at Amazon by people who don’t appear to have read much at all.)
  • Not required: That you write anything much fancier than a Facebook “Like.”
  • Even a sentence counts as a review.

Please, help if you would. It felt hard, tricky, for me to ask. But, there, I’ve done it.

Thanks, of course, to those of you who have already taken that bit of time to do me such a big favor.

If you’re feeling bold and sassy, comment below with which book(s) you reviewed. One  easy way to get a big thank you from me!

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  1. 1
    Elaine says:

    Congratulations Rose on another wonderful achievement. You’re really far ahead of the pack as far as writers go.

    Like you I don’t stick to one genre, but write what interests me and it’s all over the place. However, you are fortunate to have a following here that you can request the reviews.

    I have reviewed each book I’ve read except Magnetize Money with Energetic Literacy, and heading over there to do that now.

  2. 2

    ELAINE (a.k.a Grace Brannigan), thank you once again for your leadership. 🙂

  3. 3
    David B says:

    Hi Rose
    I’ve also reviewed your books. I read a couple of writers blogs and they talk a lot about the subject. Getting reviews and testimonials is big business. Amazon had to step in as people were paying to get paid reviews.

    There are now trolls who organize groups to attack writers works if they say something in public they disagree with etc.

  4. 4
    David B says:

    The majority of books are now self-published so the traditional press is really scrambling to find their place in the new market. They’re much more conservative about titles but you’re an established author with works that sell. A known entity.

    Good luck with the fair. It’s certainly not hard to find out about your books. And how many fact sheets do these guys pick up at a fair?

    Can you not quickly update or simply reuse the ones from last year? Only the new titles are missing…

  5. 5

    Thanks so much, DAVID, for every review and article.

    About your Comment 4, “Fair” is a light-hearted term for the biggest annual event in publishing. A typical agent, like mine, works for months in advance, making short appointments.

    At the FBF, they take a day to set up the booth and get over jet lag. During the fair itself, they work nonstop for five days, meeting with the most world’s prestigious international publishers and co-agents. “These guys” are under enormous pressure, as is the agent.

  6. 6

    Having done fact sheets for 30 years, for one purpose or another, I can assure you that this type of fact sheet is very specialized and takes loads of time.

    It does make a big difference. Which is why it requires statistics and review quotes, a great deal to compile.

    Anyway, after the FBF, requests come in for “Reading copies.” Once these are received, my books are only competing with hundreds (not many thousands of “titles”) for the attention of a foreign publisher who plans to publish perhaps one or two.

    From what I understand, the number of reviews, and ***** standing at Amazon, is considered even before taking a look at the actual book. That’s publishing now, like it or not.

    Hence my humble request here at this post.

  7. 7
    Devon says:

    “Reviews and book sales are all that will impress them. That’s just how it is.”

    I find that perspective interesting and baffling considering that blogging can be lucrative, either directly or indirectly, for a number of people.

    Some bloggers have quite a bit of influence, much like Oprah can recommend something and it will sell, so I am surprised that publishers and agents may not view blogging with much seriousness.

    Then again, the publishing world, like many other industries (e.g. the recording industry and its stubbornness at embracing modern forms of distribution), seems to be full of people in positions of power who make backwards decisions.

  8. 8
    David B says:

    Agreed, Devon
    Inbound marketing – aka providing great content for when someone comes for a visit – is 2-3 x more effective than outbound marketing – putting ads up in other media to attract customers.

  9. 9
    David B says:

    And a “product” like Rose’s needs explanation. I wouldn’t have bought her books without understanding what she had to offer. But once I did… I’ve since gone on to write reviews of many of her books.

  10. 10
    Kylie says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Rose. I posted reviews of your new books.

  11. 11
    Jnana says:

    My computer has been freezing at your website cutting me off for days. Thankfully I’ve managed to solve the problem and can now catch up with the posts.

    Yay, you’ve made it to India!!
    I hope your other books follow suit.

    Though I don’t feel qualified to review your books, I’m going to give it a try.

  12. 12

    KYLIE, thank you so much. A question does await you, if you’re interested in responding, over at the NEWS FROM KYLIE guest post.

  13. 13

    JNANA, welcome back. Mitch and I are continuing to track problems with the blog and work with our web host.

    It’s important, everyone, to email me if you do have problems with the blog loading, etc. Email me at rose@rose-rosetree.com.

  14. 14

    As for being “qualified” to write reviews, that’s so sweet.

    Take a look at the other Amazon reviews and you may be quite shocked. Many people post highly disparaging reviews for the flimsiest of reasons.

    This example comes to mind (and it is not the only one that comes to mind). I’m not going to take the time to look it up and give you the exact quote, but here’s the gist.

    For “Cut Cords of Attachment for Self-Healing” the “favorite” negative reviewer complains that it isn’t different enough from “Cut Cords of Attachment: Heal Yourself and Others with Energy Spirituality.”

  15. 15

    Apparently this reviewer didn’t notice that the former book is 1/3 the length of the latter, and has been rewritten in many important ways, making it suitable as a manual for self-healing.

    Meanwhile, he did notice that the first two chapters are quite similar for each book. So he complained about that, too.

    Why wouldn’t they be the same? They set the foundation for the rest of the book.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s as far as this guy got into either book before writing his highly critical reviews.

    So, yes, the standard for “qualified” and even “influential” is not exactly high when posting book reviews online.

  16. 16
    Happy says:

    Hi Rose, I just realized that without having brought anything using the amazon account, it does not allow me to leave reviews there. It appears that I would have to buy something, anything using amazon to leave a review.

    I left a review at kobobooks though. Sorry about the amazon happenings.

  17. 17

    HAPPY, thanks for the Kobo review. One thing you could do, which I would appreciate a lot is if you would go onto goodreads.com.

    Once you set up an account, it is easy to post reviews there, and no book purchases are involved.

    You might easily cut-and-paste the Kobo review, too.

    Goodreads is very influential, as well as Amazon and Kobo.

    Again, thanks.

  18. 18
    David B says:

    I just checked – you now have to be an Amazon customer to post reviews. You don’t have to have bought the specific book through them. But you do have to have bought.

    They’ve been having problems with spam reviews, bought reviews and so forth so I imagine this was a simple way of trying to control some of that.

  19. 19

    Sweet of you to check, DAVID.

    Again, anywhere in the world, and regardless of your purchasing habits, you can review on goodreads.com (I believe. Can’t research this now. Am between sessions on a bizzzzzy day.)

    You can also use the awesome power of cut-and-paste to copy any review you graciously right to every reviewer’s platform to which you have access, be that an Amazon, multiple Amazon.coms, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors.

    Very much appreciated, Blog-Buddies!

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