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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Top 5 Review Mistakes Authors Make

By popular request, I've listed the top 5 mistakes or more accurately, missed opportunities, that I see authors and publishers make when it comes to requesting Book Reviews.

1. They don't educate. You need to educate your readers, potential readers and fans to the importance of reviews. Not only is it important to you as an author, helping you to be more "visible" on Amazon, but also explain how it's helpful to the reader, by getting their voice out there, as well as helping potential readers make a more educated decision on whether or not to buy that book.

2. They don't ask. Human nature is NOT to out of our way to do something. We're just too busy. But if you ask people to leave a review, you're more likely to get a review than if you don't. Also, for book signings, fairs, etc. create bookmarks or business cards asking for reviews.

3. They don't follow up. As I stated, we are busy creatures, so it is extremely easy to forget to leave a review. So, make a list of people who you know are going to ready your book(friends, family, reviewers, etc) and after about a month, reach out and send an email ask if they've finished the book and that you'd love to get their feedback. And then leave a link to your book's page on Amazon.

4. They don't ask enough. Most authors include a live link to their books Amazon page in their ebook, however, they do not include it in their paperback. This is a huge missed opportunity! The argument is usually that the url is too long, but with sites like and others, you can easily take that long url and reduce it to something more user-friendly. Also, QR codes are an extremely easy way to direct someone to a review page.

5. They don't ask right. This is by far the most rampant missed opportunity I've seen when it comes to asking for book reviews. When asking for reviews, most authors write: "Like my book? I'd love to get your review..." This is leaving out so many potential reviews! Regardless of whether you loved my book or hated my book, I WANT YOUR REVIEW! The 4s and 5s are great, but it is the 1, 2 and 3 reviews that will really help you get an insight into your readers and help you to grow as an author. So don't discard them.

Well that's it for this video. If you have any questions or comments or suggestions for future videos, feel free to leave a comment below.

Until next time.... Remember to Write Right!

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Buddy Knows Letters featured on Reading with your kids Podcast

I was thrilled to be invited by @Jedlie, host of the Reading with your Kids podcast! We talk about everything from parenting and the trials we see in current culture to the source of inspiration for my books. I even tip my hat to Arnold Schwartzenegger. I had a lot of fun and can't wait for my next visit.

Click here to check out the interview!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hot New Book Review

I am so pleased to announce a wonderful review from the book savvy team at Old Mate Media.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reading time

What happened to "reading time" that they use to have in schools? I remember when I was in 4th grade in particular that we had time set aside during the school day where we could read the books we WANTED to read. Not, you have to read this book or that book. No, I could read what ever book I wanted. If it was a comic book, that was fine. If it was above my "reading level" that was ok, it helped my vocabulary. If it was under my "reading level" that was fine too! Sometimes you just want to shut your brain down a bit and read a nice relaxing book.

What was the end result? I STILL LOVE TO READ!!!!! What a concept! Now, I completely understand that there are some "must reads" due to school curriculum. I'm not talking about changing that. Those classics are great. What I'm talking about is allowing reading FREE TIME or "MENTAL RECESS", if you will. Let kids read what they want and when they grow up they continue to love reading? Instead of "you can't read that, it's below your level!"..."You MUST read one of the books on the "approved" list!" As soon as you tell a child(who is already sick and tired of being told what to do in practically every aspect of their life) that they have to do something, the enjoyment gets sucked out of it. Instead of it being fun, it becomes a chore.

Let's bring back the JOY IN READING!

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Buddy Knows Letters Book Trailer

“Books are boring!” What parent hasn’t heard this statement? Whether from your own children or from other’s, the bottom line is, in today’s interactive environment, traditional books are becoming less attractive to young readers. Technology is not going to slow down, so we must begin making books more interactive! So the battle begins…

Now entering the ring, weighing in at…NOPE…is Keith Wheeler. This husband and father of 4 has been surrounded by children his entire life. Between helping out at the daycare his mother ran to becoming a father, himself, Keith has “changed more diapers than car tires”! It is with this unique insight into the child’s mindset and being a self-proclaimed “child at heart” that Keith has taken on the traditional ABC book:
Say GOODBYE to boring old “A is for Apple” books and say HELLO to the exciting, playful world of My Buddy Knows Letters

In My Buddy Knows Letters, children are introduced to our buddy, Josh. This blue-haired, sharp-dressed character will introduce the reader to an object with the catchphrase, “My Buddy Knows”, then a picture of the item, followed by “starts with…”. The reader then decides what letter that object starts with. Once they think they know the answer, they can flip the page and see if they’re right. 

My Buddy Knows the answers…Do you?

My Buddy Knows Letters is available on Amazon, in paperback as well as ebook format.

Keith Wheeler is the International #1 bestselling author of the "My Ultimate Journal" series(a collection of softball-themed journals) as well as the "My Buddy Knows" children's picture book series. All of which are available on Amazon: