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- Publisher: PublishingPoints Author Services (November 30, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017073NCM
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QUALITY REVIEWS is the key phrase in this book – no gimmicks, no exchanges, no fees for reviews. The author, Dr. Webb, has done an in-depth and technically sound presentation. It is both an overview that can be grasped in about an hour of reading, but it is also a much longer education through the links offered and other source materials. Don’t be taken aback by his credentials, "Dr.", for his writing is very easy to understand in everyday language. This book also motivates me to write and market my books in such a way to attract more and better reviewers – not just “reviews.” But to build long-lasting relationships with readers, reviewers and other writers.
I benefited greatly from the section on HOW TO AVOID THE DANGERS of having my reviews removed by Amazon. Also, I like the author’s insights into dealing with unfair reviews. Then there’s endorsements—how do I honestly get and use those. BUILDING A TEAM – fellow reviewers and writers who will enable you to do your best in writing and promoting. And all of that with enjoyment rather than struggle and “aim in the dark” methods.
This book deals with many, if not all, of my concerns and questions in how to be a better reviewer, writer and publisher. It is also about helping readers get the most value out of their book shopping. The author is making a very valuable contribution to improving the review and writing processes.
I love several things about Book Reviews that Sell. Here are a few of them:
*No shady practices are recommended. In fact, Dr. Webb flat out exhorts the readers to avoid using any of the dubious review-getting tactics that some authors and Kindle "gurus" advise. This book makes it clear what Amazon frowns on and why, and how to work well within Amazon's terms.
*The book dives into the differences between reviews and endorsements, the value of each, and how to go about getting them
*The value of both quantity and quality reviews, and how to increase both the quantity and quality of your reviews
*Tons of links to resources that will help you in the process
*Where to find top reviewers, how to approach them, and how to develop real relationships with your reviewers
After reading this book, I’ve made the decision to make the time to create a quality plan for increasing both the quantity and quality of my reviews, and investing the time to make it happen.
If you’re looking for a book that explains the what, why and how of book reviews, you won’t be disappointed in this one. Highly recommended.
Filled with warnings about reviews in exchange for reviews, which is against Amazon's policy and can get the author banned, and maybe even the reviewer. Back when I started, I had linked my name to my children's book and Amazon wrote me that if I didn't take it down, I'd have my reviews wiped. Fellow reviewers have had this happen to them, sometimes for reasons they don't understand and never get an answer to. These are Hall of Fame reviewers, so it's a mystery. Needless to say, Gary Webb telling you the rules is worth the $3 you pay for this book. He also puts in links are all the places there are to get reviews from websites(Goodreads), and through Facebook groups.
Another thing I found valuable is Gary's sending out a questionnaire to his reviewers. A lot of people find writing intimidating, but answering questions is easy. What a wonderful way to get someone to painlessly review your book. Gary also said to stay away from the Top Reviewers Forum, and he's exactly write. They seem to collectively hate anyone advertising their book in their forums and it could hurt you a lot if you upset them. These are experienced writers and they know the ropes. I wouldn't be surprised if you garnered some 1 star reviews for violating their unspoken rules of conduct. The forum is for the reviewers to exchange their ideas, not for authors to solicit their work, although there are places in the forums to do exactly that if you want to. I'd follow Gary's advice, and in fact I am going to for my own books.
This is an excellent source for getting reviewers interested in your work. I think I bought it because it was recommended when I bought another book on the subject. It was the best $3 I've spent since my trip to Starbucks.
There are marketers who charge hundreds of dollars for the same information and this book is currently at a bargain price. The challenge here is to take action. If you do what Webb recommends you'll be able to get hundreds of reviews (no joke, I have similar strategies and launch my books with minimum 100 reviews).
This is an excellent resource and I recommend it to every author both indie and traditionally published.
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