Bookvetter is Personal
Bookvetter was created from my personal experience. Like so many out there, I wrote a book, like some others out there, I elected to self-publish my book, and like all authors, I learned marketing books is much more than having a Facebook page. Bookvetter is the product of my journey in the literary world, from the creation of a book to the marketing of that book.
From rough drafts to the finished product, I learned improvement is always possible. The challenge is finding objective feedback. I also learned quality content doesn't just happen. It grows, it's trimmed, it grows again, and ends up taking on a life of its own. All of this requires a special environment and the right people.
My enthusiasm after having my book published was matched only by my dismay nothing changed. The silence after releasing my book to the world was unnerving. Even negative feedback would have been appreciated. So I started contacting book review bloggers and asking for reviews. This process was just as exhausting as writing a book, and the silence continued. Let's be honest though, why would anyone want to read an unreviewed book by a no name author?
It was a complete surprise and day of great excitement when I finally received an email accepting one of my review requests. What I discovered was one review opened the door to more reviews. I also learned reviews were the biggest driver of sales and the best means of connecting with readers.
The process of asking for reviews and interacting with book review bloggers was an eye opener. I came away with an appreciation and admiration for these lovers of literature. Just as it's a very small number of people who will ever write a book, it's an even smaller number of people who will read a book and then be willing to share a public opinion about it.
My experience writing a book, and then working to promote it, convinced me the literary market place is wasting the talent and energy of the people involved. Writers should be spending more time improving their material and writing more content, versus promoting their work. The time and expertise of reviewers shouldn't be wasted reading and reviewing sub-par material, and this group deserves a lot more consideration and respect than they have been given so far.
The harsh truth is it would be difficult to create a less efficient and more biased system than what is currently used by the literary world. The answer to these problems is connecting the two groups and then letting them do what they do best, write and review.
Bookvetter is about discovering the best stories and connecting people. There's no guaranteed outcome, rubbing shoulders with the king makers, or marketing strategy involved here. Put your effort into writing a great story, and if your content can survive peer review, then reviewers with a specific interest in your book will let the world know what they think.
The site, services, and community you see today is just the start. We are still building and learning what features users really want. We are all in uncharted waters here, and we hope you will participate and help us build something that can take the creation and discovery of literature to a place which makes better use of the skills and time of everyone involved. Thank you for your help with this project.