Marketing “Northern Survival” Sunday Update #6

Northern SurvivalWhile this was supposed to be a wrap-up post, I’m pushing that to next Sunday because of the activity with Northern Survival this week. I didn’t want to make this post extremely long.

While no paid or free ads were placed, I’ve been busy answering messages about the book and completing guest posts.

I received word mid-week that a review was coming shortly and that the reviewer requested an interview. That review appeared on Thursday. More about that below.

Speaking of reviews, the heightened activity of my book has generated many offers from pay-per-review people. For a dastardly price of usually more than $60 USD (I won’t calculate the Canadian price; it’s a week’s worth of groceries), they will write a professional review and post it on Amazon and Goodreads. I get one or two requests a day. I assume this is normal for just-released books that have generated a lot of exposure. I’ve received them before, but never on this scale. Like any writer, I want reviews, but I don’t want to get them this way.


This is the final week the price will be at the book launch price of $1.99. On October 15th, I will bump it to the regular price of $4.99 (CAD and USD).

The Miramichi Reader Review

On October 8th, Allan Hudson’s review for Northern Survival was published on The Miramichi Reader. What is The Miramichi Reader?

From their website:

The primary purpose of The Miramichi Reader is to highlight Canadian authors and poets as well as books of interest to all Canadians, coast to coast to coast. We strive to support the smaller publishing houses as well as new authors when possible. There is a wealth of talent out there and they often fly under the radar of the mainstream media outlets. As one author so eloquently put it: We work to “unearth the unsung gems.”

Miramichi is located in the neighbouring province of New Brunswick. A snippet from the review.

“This is a fine story. While the ending was somewhat predictable, it has a romantic touch that adds a little spice. A good read. People that like survival stories will enjoy this book.”

To read the rest of the review, check out Northern Survival by Diane McGyver.

D. G. Kaye Interview

Many here already know Debby at D. G. Kaye, Writer. She’s a Canadian author of several informative and entertaining memoirs. She graciously offered me a guest spot on her blog, and I jumped at it.

If you visited here on Friday, you saw my post about the guest appearance. If you haven’t seen it, click Q & A With D.G. Kaye – Featuring Diane McGyver – Northern Survival to read it. I share a little about Northern Survival, including an excerpt, and offer writing advice.

the Salvation of Mary Lola BarnesConclusion

It’s been a busy week behind the scenes, having completed interviews and answered requests for guest spots, one that won’t appear until January.

I also spent a few hours cleaning up my McGyver website because I had a reader contact me who couldn’t find a piece of information.  I’m hoping the changes made my site more straightforward, and books and information about them easier to find.

All this and I’m working to review the proof for the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes, which launches October 27th.

HAPPY WRITING and Happy Thanksgiving to Canadians celebrating over turkey this long weekend.

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7 thoughts on “Marketing “Northern Survival” Sunday Update #6

  1. Thanks for the mention of your guest post at my blog Diane. I’m glad to hear your book is making good traction. I too seem to be getting those ‘review’ offers. Something is in the air, lol 🙂

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  2. I’ve enjoyed this series. I also find I’m getting a lot more offers — not reviews, per se, but sites claiming to be the best place to advertise. Good luck with the book!

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    • I think I’m writing these posts as much for me as others. It makes me pause and review the week to see what happened. It’s also giving me a record of what I’ve done, what worked and what didn’t.

      I suppose more people are trying to ‘work online’ so they are reviewing and promoting books more.

      Thanks for your comment and your sound advice in the past several weeks.

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