Today I’d like to welcome a very special group of people. The Twisted Book Curmudgeon has done spectacular deeds for the indie community in the past year, in the form of a multitude of well thought-out, honest reviews, and they do so gracefully, skillfully, (insert more adverbs) for their one love of the indie community.
Joining us as the Cranky spokesperson, and an indie author herself, is the lovely and talented Neeny Boucher. She’ll be answering a few questions, then you’ll be able to find out more about them in the bio following the interview.
Why do you do what you do? What led you to organize this amazing group of reviewers?
Reviews are really important for all authors, but especially for new and indies. They’re a way to increase visibility.
We started this group because we’re in the indie community. Authors were always seeking reviews and sometimes, found it hard to get them. We thought we could help.
Sooooo, we sought out people who loved reading and encouraged them to review for our crew. Our reviewers are really good. We’re lucky to have them and I know people are surprised at the size of our group.
I think one of the reasons we work well is that we all have different genre preferences and come from different backgrounds, but we function on the basis that this is fun. Fun – is a good thing.
How many reviewers do you have currently? How many did you have when you first started?
Currently, we have twelve reviewers. When we first started out we had about four, but the team has grown and keeps on expanding, which is great.
Are there any genres you won’t review?
We review all genres. Our reviewers are a great mix and are diverse in their book tastes. Someone is always going to prefer one genre over another, which makes our team work really well together. What one doesn’t like, someone else will love.
What are some qualifications of reviewers you bring on board with your team of Cranky reviewers? Must they be “cranky”?
The main qualification is that someone is a book lover. We check out their reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to see if they will fit in with us.
In saying that, experience is not essential. We are more than willing to help someone structure their reviews until they’re confident. I think reliability and enthusiasm are what we look at.
Cranky people… they are definitely our tribe, but we’re not mean people. To be honest, the group is filled with lovely people – kind and generous and extremely helpful.
Where did the name come from?
Logan Keys and I came up with it. We liked the word “curmudgeon” and the image it invokes. It conjures up grumpy librarians and battle-ax grandmas.
How many books would you say you review per week, on average?
I’d say on average, our crew reviews about seven books a week. I’ve discovered that there are peaks and troughs. Sometimes, we’re inundated. Other times, there are less books to review. We try to spread them out and post a maximum of two books a day on our page.
We also try to manage how many books our reviewers get. Most of our group consists of working women with jobs and families and responsibilities. They do this in their spare time and out of the goodness of their own hearts.
What is it, exactly, that you love about the indie community, and about reviewing in general?
I like the people. I’ve met some great people in the indie community. I’m a bit of a rebel and an outsider. I admire people who give things a go and step outside mainstream avenues to achieve their goals.
What’s your favorite thing about being a Cranky reviewer?
My favourite part is our review crew and also, knowing we’re helping people in some way. I’ve discovered wonderful people and books through this experience.
I’ve made great book friends and I buy a lot of books on the basis of Cranky reviews now.
What are your future plans for The Twisted Book Curmudgeon? Where would you like to see it in, say, five years?
We’ve made great strides in the year we’ve been going. At the moment, we have achievable goals – increasing our ranking and visibility, become a preferred reviewer in the field. I know people enjoy our reviews and we love the feedback we get from authors and readers.
We keep growing and changing. We meet new people and other bloggers, readers, and groups. We’ll continue to make connections in the community and be a work in progress.
I think when you stop evolving and reaching for something – the fun ends. We started this group on the basis it would be fun and we aim to keep that promise.
The Twisted Book Curmudgeon
“I’m not Cranky!”
We’re a group of twisted sisters from all over the world who love to review books. Our crew includes people from the US, UK, Europe, and New Zealand.
We formed because of the need for reviews in the indie community, but we read traditional and indie books. We know it’s tough to get reviews, so we sought out people we knew who loved to read and review. They then brought friends.
At first, it was slow, but steadily, review requests climbed. We just posted our 300th review on Amazon and we’ve only been going a year.
We read all genres and are open to authors who are established or just starting out. We’ll give you a chance – no matter what. If you are interested in submitting a review request, all our details are in the banner above.
We are always open to people who are interested in reviewing for us. At the moment, we’re looking for a reviewer who reads YA, fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian. If anyone is interested, please send us a personal message on Facebook.