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- Publication Date: October 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016GSVT36
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Advanced Book Marketing for Starving Authors Kindle Edition
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Instead, it offers practical, easy-to-implement techniques for getting your book in front of your target reader. He discusses the mental process readers go through as they are considering buying a book, how to write a great description (for both fiction and non-fiction), and why the traditional recommendations for promoting books don't tend to work for first time authors.
He makes a great point about how authors hate to feel like a used car salesman--and how to avoid coming across that way.
The thing I found most interesting was his discussion of reviews, the difference between reviews and paid ads, and how to find influencers in your field and negotiate inexpensive ads that put your book in front of a large audience of your target readers. Especially valuable was his time-saving tip for how to find these influencers in the first place. That tip alone was worth the purchase price.
First the book stated that it is aware of Amazon's terms of service that you can't have a paid review on their website. But in the next page, it then went on to say, "Be sure he understands you do not want him to put his review of your book inside of Amazon, UNLESS he says in his review that it was a 'compensated' review". So I'm confused. If this happens, then isn't this exactly what goes against Amazon's TOS ? If you pay someone $50 to $100 to review your book and recommend it to their mailing list, and they then go and post a review on Amazon and the review ends up there as well as their own website, or even instead of his own website, won't that jeopardize my account with Amazon when they find out ?
It goes on to say that, the truth is we don't care if he puts his review on Amazon or not, and that we should tell him we want him to read our book and specifically "share his review with his subscribers". Which sounds fine, if this person follows directions. Otherwise, I'm afraid to think of the trouble this may cause me when Amazon finds out.
The other tip I wish was explained in more detail, was about the authority niche mailing list owners putting their Amazon affiliate link to your book in their emails, and how it's against Amazon's TOS. But to let them deal with how they will handle the affiliate links. So, does this mean that if they get caught or approached by Amazon, that I will be held responsible ? Confused at how this was explained.
Again, since the guide was geared and billed towards individuals who have either not yet published their book, or have published very few books, I only wish the conflicting pieces of advice were just explained in more detail, as I don't want to do something that would jeopardize all my hard work. I think if the book had a couple more pages of detail, that would have been super.
If I have completely misunderstood the sentences that were written in the book, my apologies, so if anyone has more details on the exact in's and out's of doing this with no risk, please feel free to jump in. Thanks.
My little fiction book, however, is another story. It is my baby . . . A story about the warriors when defend our skies! I have been frustrated because I work full time writing my technical proposals and have been trying many time intensive methods to get people to notice my fiction book. My sales haVe been limited only around 850 copies. . . My frustration has been - I have been spinning my wheels trying to get people to notice my little book taking up the time I could use to pursue other writing projects ( including continuing my warrior's journey).
Mr. Platt has provided a roadmap for me, and others like me, to establish a system where we can get others to provide our books the light of day. It may take a little effort but the end result will be a systems serving me from book to book.
I highly recommend this book for those who want success in the write ting field.
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