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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

Comments (36)

  1. Great review, Olga. I’m definitely interested.
    Wishing you huge success with Book Pebble. Megs hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Good luck with the Three Things Book. If I can I’ll feature it next week here. ♥

  2. dgkaye says:

    Great review as always Olga, and good luck with the promo. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. And good luck with yours too!

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. Just saw your promo, shared around. 🙂

        1. Thanks so much, Debby. I’ve been out all day. Only just back home. 🙂

          1. dgkaye says:

            Hope you enjoyed your day out. 🙂

          2. Thanks, Debby. It was good. Catching up with a friend and her (now) grown-up son. Not many downloads from the campaign, although it seems somebody went ahead and bought the other two books in the series (one of the advantages of series…)

          3. dgkaye says:

            Well that’s good. That’s the point of running free, hoping others will be interested in our other books and leaving reviews. Can I ask if you advertised anywhere else? I’m always interested in learning what’s working and what’s not for ads.

          4. Thanks, Debby. Not recently. I tried to use Bookbub but they rejected it (I might give it another go if it ever gets more reviews), and I used Riffle quite a long while book (but that was a paid promotion, it got 350 downloads). Other than usual tweets I didn’t do anything else. It was a spur of the moment decision when I read the post about it, as my other free book has fewer reviews and I didn’t want to have to discount a book especially just to try. Also, I know the cover draws a lot of people in. Good luck with yours.

          5. dgkaye says:

            Free isn’t as huge as it once once, but I find by booking a few ads weeks before the promo helps the downloads. Like my last week free book promo, I signed up for a few totally free ad promos and got just under 1k downloads, so worth the effort of booking some free ads. Something to think about right? 🙂 There aren’t many free ad sites left but still some say submit your book promo and we’ll let you know a few days before it goes live if we accept. So I think 2 0r 3 promoted my book this time. Next week I’ve done the same for my other book promo and added bookpebble 🙂

          6. I have a couple of books permanently free, but as I was telling you I am not in KDP, so changing the price everywhere is not always that easy. Other than the very slow sales of the other two books in the series, so far I haven’t seen that the free prequel has resulted in sales of Escaping Psychiatry, although I wonder if it might help with the second book. To be honest, I did a promotion of free books (at a time when they still meant something) with another author, and we divided all the places that allowed to submit for free (more then than now) and submitted everywhere… The best I managed was 750 that resulted in one 1 star review and nothing else. Each case is individual, although I remember reading, years back now (when free books seemed to have more of an impact) that to get a significant result and notice a bit of a lasting effect on the sales of other books, one needed to give around 25000 books free at the very least. I suspect now the number has to be bigger. The best I can do is pass advice I read on, but I’m better at selling other people’s books with my reviews than I’ll ever be at selling mine.

          7. dgkaye says:

            Aw Olga, we all hate having to promote our own work, but it’s a must. Yes you write such wonderful reviews on so many books. Have you consider putting a few books in KDP to see a difference. Amazon does a least help move things along, especially when there’s a promo. I know downloads aren’t near what they used to be, but I’ll tell you, nowadays without paying one cent in advertising to still manage almost 1000 downloads, I’m satisfied. Sometimes I pay for some $15 ads but I wanted to see what free ads would do this last time. Also free works much better for me gaining a few reviews and selling my other books than kindle countdown does. 🙂

          8. Thanks, Debby. In my case, unless I can come up with some unique selling point or technique nobody has thought about, all the rest hasn’t worked for me. All the best.

          9. dgkaye says:

            Well I wish you much success in the new year Olga. <3

          10. Thanks, Debby. The best to you too. And be sure to keep me posted on any news.

          11. dgkaye says:

            For sure Olga. And thanks. 🙂

          12. Thank you, Debby. I have a few more links for my book but I hope to get everything to you before the post. 🙂

          13. dgkaye says:

            No worries Olga, lots of time til Jan 20th. The post is in draft now, so easy to add or change links around! Great answers too. 🙂

          14. Thanks! Hopefully, by then everything will be done. Your questions were too good so I kept going!

          15. dgkaye says:

            Love long answers, makes for interesting reading. 🙂

          16. The other thing is that we all try to do several things at the same time and then when we obtain a result (if we do) it’s very difficult to know what worked. Every so often I see a peak of downloads, but I have no idea where they are coming from.

          17. dgkaye says:

            I agree with you on that. It’s hard to track where the downloads are coming from, except on paid ads they’ll tell you what day they’re running it and that usually means more downloads. So, the more ads, the merrier I think. 🙂

  3. winneyb says:

    Thank you, Olga, so much for reading and reviewing Roots Entwine! It’s great of you to do that for other authors!

    1. Thanks, Vicky. A great book and I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve discovered so many new authors! Be well and good luck with all your writing.

  4. This sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. It is. It called my attention because it sounded a bit different and it is, in a good way. Be well!

  5. Not a genre I would ever read myself, but of course I wish Victoria great success with it.
    And to you of course, Olga, with your Book Pebble offer today.
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

    1. Thanks so much, Pete. 🙂

  6. Fantastic review and detail work, Olga! You are an amazing support for other authors!

    1. Thanks, Erika. I love to read and I know how important are reviews for authors.

      1. You are a great support always, Olga

        1. Thanks, Erika, and thanks for your support and inspiration.

  7. Fascinating review, Olga. Good luck with your promo. <3 <3 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tess! It’s worth a try!

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