- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,450 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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Nope, and that is why this book gets two stars. Sorry Jason, but the book promises the following, direct from the book description: "if you want to finally book that BookBub slot, if you’re ready to unlock your book’s full potential, then you need this concise, competent guide on how to get book reviews on Amazon!"
This guide is nowhere near competent. It's actually just a way the author is trying to sell an E-course. Now, I have nothing wrong with the occasional upsell, but don't entice me by showing me the surface level of the method, and then not even give me a simple email script. Come on man.
I would have been happy to check out your course to get more in depth info, but not when your book doesn't even explain how to go from one step to the next. How do I go from searching for reviewers, to extracting info, to sending them emails, to following up. It is not even remotely clear.
Bridge the gap for me and I will be happy to change the tune here.
"In Japan, banzai means “for the next 10,000 years.” It also has a connotation of charging ahead. Isn’t that the kind of long-term outlook you should have when doing something big like starting a business or launching a book? Reviews are a critical part of a book launch, and when you learn how hard it is to get them, you cannot retreat. You must banzai!" When I read this, I thought of the author scratching his head and thinking that 10,000 years is a very long time to worry about when all I need is a few reviews to get my book read.
BOOK REVIEW BANZAI: The Unknown Author's Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews is an infomercial, directed at indie authors, for soliciting reviews from a thousand or more book bloggers in such a way that the
Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003 would not apply. Before reading this, I was unaware of the name of the act, and that SPAM is actually an acronym, so kudos to the Congressional aides that came up with it. They are geeks after my own heart.
So just what does this infomercial offer? A chance to sign up for an online course that is not yet available. According to the countdown clock at the top of the page, right now, as I write this, there are 10 days, 16 hours, 48 minutes and 17 seconds to wait for the course to begin. Along with the countdown clock, there is a video (1 minute and 23 seconds) where the author gives a fast introduction to the course. When I say fast… think fast-talking in its various connotations.
Jason Ladd tries to give the impression that his pretty technical method of getting people to review books is really no big deal, but as a retired A+ Certified PC Technician, I can tell you what he proposes is not to be taken lightly. An author would have to dedicate time and effort into using this method, time and effort that might just be better spent writing the next great novel.