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The Hidden Gems Author Podcast is officially live!

By: Craig | Posted on February 4, 2022

The self-publishing landscape is constantly evolving, and the most successful authors understand that no matter what level they’re at in their career, there is always more to learn. This blog has (and will continue to be) a great forum for helping us share information on new ways to improve your writing or book marketing, but these days a lot of people prefer content that they can consume on the go, or while doing other things – which explains the growing popularity of the audiobook and podcast formats. That’s why Roland (Ginger) and I have launched the new Hidden Gems Author Podcast. Every Thursday, you’ll be able to listen to us discuss new topics with greater depth than is possible in the blog, and often with guests that are either experts in the subject, or have been affected by whatever issue it is we’re discussing. There is so much to learn… Read More >

ARC Review Podcast

By: Craig | Posted on October 31, 2017

Wondering what all the fuss about reviews and ARC teams are?  Got some time to listen to a podcast that breaks it all down for you? I was a recent guest on Jonny Andrews’ Author Platform Rocket podcast to talk about reviews, ARC teams, what reviews can and can’t do for your book and what Amazon does or doesn’t allow.  It was a lot of fun, and if you’re an author trying to get a handle on what all this ARC review stuff is, I encourage you to give it a listen.   Whether you’re building your own team or looking to hire someone like Hidden Gems to run it for you, we probably talk about something of interest. And for those of you that do run your own ARC team, there’s something of special interest you might want to hear about.  A little sneak preview of an upcoming service we’re… Read More >

Becoming an ARC Reader: Because who doesn’t love free books?

By: Craig | Posted on July 11, 2017

Getting free ARC books and becoming a book reviewer has never been so easy, and now you can do it for all genres and without the hassles of the past! If you scour the web in search of book reviews and becoming an ARC reader, you’ll find plenty of articles describing how you can contact publishers or authors directly, sign up for their various mailing lists, and hopefully get free books from them whenever they actually release one (usually not more than once a month or two). That was certainly the best way to go about it in the past. But things are different now, and we’d like to think we helped pave the way to change. Hidden Gems has been sending out ARC books for authors for about two years now (our first one went out in October 2015) and since then we’ve grown from 2 or 3 a… Read More >

The Hidden Gems ARC Program

By: Hidden Gems | Posted on August 25, 2016

This article about the Hidden Gems ARC program is out of date, but a new one has been published here.   Share this blog

Hidden Gems Website Redesign

By: Craig | Posted on August 25, 2016

Welcome to the newly designed Hidden Gems website, the best and fastest growing site on the web for free romance ebooks! The site is just being rolled out, and we still have a few things to fix and change, but for the most part things are working enough that we felt it was finally ready to go live. Hopefully you like the fresh new look and snazzy new logo. I just want to tell you about some of the new and updated features of the site, and what we have planned for the future. Fresh new look! Of course, the main thing is our updated look and feel. Our old site was pretty sparse and dated right from the start, because we were more focused on getting our newsletter our and growing our subscriber base. But now, as we approach 5000 subscribers (wow!), we thought it was time to spend… Read More >