- File Size: 963 KB
- Print Length: 55 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Boone Shepherd (June 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072K3QKNX
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author's Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews Kindle Edition
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As other reviewers have mentioned, it also doesn't address the human aspect of the outreach communication beyond adding a one-sentence P.S. to each email mentioning a personal fact about who you are reviewing by what is in their website About Page. This step, and verifying the name of the recipient, must be done manually. The author mentions having recently sent out over 1000 automated emilas with "a single click of a mouse." Assuming you spend only 30 seconds manually verifying the recipient name, reading their about page, and writing a personalized post script for each email, 1000 emails would take you only ~8.5 hours. That's slightly longer than the time it takes to click a single mouse button, and it certainly doesn't take into account actually getting back to and following up with those who respond (and also don't respond, as the author also suggests doing)
Am I missing something here?
Book Review Banzai introduced me to a way to contact many book reviewers as quickly as possible. I've started using it and it seems like a system that will likely work well. Even when readers tell me how much they love my books, it's tough getting reviews, so this information is invaluable.
However, I do have a few complaints. (You probably guessed that due to the three star review.) First, the method described would be tough for someone who's not already computer savvy. I've worked with many of the concepts in the book before, so I was able to figure out how to use the recommended tools, but I'm afraid that many authors will find the information tricky without assistance.
Emailing potential reviewers is part of this system. That's great. But, second, the book should have included one or two sample letter templates. I had no problem writing my own, but perhaps Jason Ladd has some suggestions that he could have shared.
Yes, the book is sparse and just 55 pages long. The essential information is there, but without much guidance. It becomes quickly apparent that Mr. Ladd was light on the information so that he could get people to sign up for his service helping writers learn this system. If that's what he wants to do, that's fine, but the book should have cost $0.99, not $4.49.
All that said, if you are a computer savvy author, I recommend this book, despite the price. The information will be helpful to you. If you're not very computer savvy, I suggest getting help from a friend who is.
One last thing. There are several free online tools recommended in the book. One is called Gmass, and it interfaces with Gmail. If you want to send many emails with it, you'll want to get a subscription to the service. I opted for the $12.95/month service. It's not expensive, but it's no longer free. That's not the author's fault. They started charging after he wrote the book.
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