As a writer I always strive to provide the best quality work to my readers.
There are many opportunities during your publishing journey to receive constructive feedback on your Kindle book.
This article is meant to help you identify when and how to request and receive feedback from others.
Receiving Feedback On Your Kindle Book Outline
Your book outline provides you with a fly over view of what your book will contain and cites the main parts, chapters and appendices of your book.
Receiving feedback on your outline can save you a lot of time later, integrating additional chapters or sub chapters into the flow of your book.
Try to get at least two qualified people to comment on your book outline before you actually begin to write.
Asking for Feedback on Your Draft Kindle eBook
In marketing terms this is a pre-launch.
“Near the end of the writing process, I asked my closest 1.1 million friends on Google+ if they’d like to test this book. Approximately 240 people responded, and I sent the manuscript to them. Within a week, approximately 100 people provided their feedback. They found 147 typos and twenty-seven factual errors as well as showed me sixty-seven ways to improve the book. (I counted duplicates of advice only once.)” What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki
When I read this I was truly astonished. Imagine not getting 27 factual errors found! You can also avoid heartache by using a spell checker and grammar checker on your work. Most word processors have these functions built in).
Now you may not have 1.1 million followers to get feedback from, however you can ask your friends or even create a special circle on Google Plus or in many Facebook groups. In addition there are many social sites that allow you get your books reviewed privately.
If your book contains facts it is a good idea to receive feedback by qualified peers, to catch those pesky errors. You can always acknowledge and thank these contributors in your Kindle Book.
Improving Your Kindle Book Post Publish
You may think that once you hit publish in KDP or the platform of your choice you are done improving your book.
This is simply not true.
Once your book is published you will almost always identify areas to improve your formatting and other small visual elements that are hard to see in draft state.
Your readers will also tell you precisely what they think of your book, what they like and dislike about it and even suggest improvements.
The trick is to know how to listen to this feedback and use it to improve your book.
Here are some of the many ways to gather feedback on your published book:
- Request and read book reviews – Amazon Kindle readers tend to provide informative reviews on books purchased. Make sure to ask people to review your book on Amazon!
- Make your book available in Book review forums such as Booktalk , Kindleboards and Mobile Read many others. There are countless sites offering book reviews. (Just Google “Kindle Book Reviews” 🙂 )
- Find an expert – If you are writing a nonfiction book make sure to request reviews from people who are interested in your publication. Most people buy multiple non fiction titles revolving around the same subject and have a good means for comparison and feedback. Give some thought to categorizing your book before it is published.
Leave Your Ego At The Door.
Seize every opportunity you have to communicate with your market and improve your product. In doing so you are expanding your book circle and your potential readership and sales.
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