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. 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. So I started contacting book review bloggers and asking for reviews. 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 inefficient. 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 with sub-par material, and this group deserves a lot more consideration and respect than they have been given so far.
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.