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The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M. Colby: A Review

Charles provided the first (and 5 star) review of The Cogsmith’s Daughter! Check it out!

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I read The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M. Colby, and I loved this book. Ms. Colby’s novel is a combination of steampunk, dystopia, and social critique. Her antagonist, Aya Cogsmith, is a well-drawn and rich character, full of the strengths and weaknesses of a human being. We see fully developed characters in this novel, in addition to careful plotting and a well-thought out world that not only shows the characteristics of steampunk but also illustrates the problems with class and privilege in our society.

The pacing of the story moves quickly, and the plot holds together very effectively. At no point did I think–that wouldn’t have happened; rather, I was delighted with the deftness of hand that Ms. Colby used in crafting this excellent tale. In many ways, I was reminded of the novels of Charles Dickens as well as contemporary authors.

Ms. Colby has a singular authorial voice and…

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9 thoughts on “The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M. Colby: A Review”

  1. Kate,
    Congratulations! Your book sounds like it will be a bestseller!
    Can you tell how I can get more reviews for my novel? I have gotten wonderful responses from people when I’ve met them, but it is really hard to get them to post a review. I tell everyone 2-3 sentences is enough. I have my one really outstanding long, descriptive review that I can use to help promote the book. Other than that, I don’t really need a lot more words.
    Anyway, any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Once again, congratulations on your book and a well-deserved great review!
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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    1. Thanks, Sherrie! I’m not rolling in the reviews just yet, either. But here are some tips:
      1. Review other authors’ work. A lot of authors I reviewed have said they will read and review my book without my even asking.
      2. Offer free copies to readers in exchange for a review. I send out advance copies to my email subscribers.
      3. Get active with book bloggers and the reading community on places like WordPress and YouTube.
      4. Hound your family and friends.
      5. Do a Goodreads giveaway. The expectation when winning is to provide a review.
      6. Seek out paid services like NetGalley or advertisements where authors see high review return rates.
      In short, you can’t just expect them to happen. You’ve got to seek them out! I hope some of that helps!


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