Results of my search for beta readers–or even more ‘likes’–on Facebook.Posted: December 1, 2015
As I wrote in the previous post, I decided to search outside my current Friends and Family for beta readers for my new novel. As we all know, F&Fs will tell an author that they really like the book because that’s what Friends and Family do. And they might even buy a copy of the book once it is published, because that’s what they do. But an honest opinion–F&F aren’t good for that.
First I went to Goodreads for beta readers. They have two groups of Beta readers and following their instructions I listed my novel about women of a certain age finding love and danger and eating very well in Los Angeles. I mentioned the collie, too. The result: Nada. Nothing. No one in the beta group volunteered to read my novel. I found out, however, that there are people in a separate section of the GR beta group who will beta read and report back–for a fee. One of them sounds good, so I may send my MS off to her. Soon. I will report about how this goes.
After Goodreads I moved on and sent a copy of the novel, which I’m now calling ‘L.A. Ladies’ to a friend who is a playwright. Her first response: “Not noir?” I swear the brilliant Raymond Chandler cast a noir spell over Los Angeles. Well, that was then and this is now. My novel has not an ounce of noir in it. It is a romance with a mystery, a big friendly collie dog and a kayak trip down the L.A. River. Well, it will be interesting to read further reactions from my playwright friend who lives in Tucson and wants noir. I’ve asked her to get back to me by mid-December.
Now about Facebook. I decided that I should drum up some Likes for my FB Annie Carroll Author page before I solicited beta readers from the group. I agreed to a budget of $4 a day and put a limit of $1 for each Like. Well those folks at FB apparently can’t do math. My Likes started off at .90 per Like and steadily rose to $1.35 per Like. In the end I spent about $28 over 7 days and now have 32 Likes–not all of which came from the FB promotion. And about an hour ago I launched a second promotion for ‘Likes’. This time my budget is $3 a day and FB promises 2-4 Likes a day.
Meanwhile my non-fiction guide to Working After Retirement continues to sell a year after it was published. It is concise, practical and only $3.99 now.