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How To Get Honest Reviews: 7 Proven Ways to Connect With Readers and Reviewers (Book Marketing Survival Guide Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 12, 2014
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With this book you will not only know where to start but how to succeed in your efforts. This book is a very detailed guide to what it takes to get those coveted reviews. The most valuable section of this book is the part where the author explains how you should and should not approach reviewers. That first email to a reviewer is critical and I myself see a lot of people doing it wrong. So if you want to write the best letter that is going to get a great response, this is the book for you.
The only thing I question is the advice to ask friends and family for reviews. This is very tricky because constructive criticism from a close relative or friend can ruin the friendship. Also I would be very cautious about sending out advance review copies that have not been edited. First impressions are everything! So apart from those two items, this book has excellent advice that when put into practice can really help you out.
~The Rebecca Review
Currently, I do not write books; I am an archivist. I take old books (the type that maybe one in ten thousand will read) and preserve them. For what I do, the need for a review is negligible. However, I am also a reader and reviews play a huge part in whether or not I buy a book - and they even play a part after I purchase the book - and if the reviews do not match what I see in the book, I will return it. Since I am dependent on reviews, I am a bit curious about the subject.
"How to Get Honest Reviews" is an easy-to-follow, yet highly detailed, presentation on the subject. It covers the benefits (and necessity) of having them, but also how to go about getting them. Amazon reviews are covered, of course, but also how to gain reviews on the blog front, social media, give-aways, and so on. The steps were very clear, but I was equally impressed with the level of detail given in what I call, "Watch fors." Each venue has their own rules in how a book a presented for reviews (as well as how to write a review). You do not have to worry about find these little reminders; they are embedded throughout the text, particularly where there are differences in rules across venues.
As an archivist, I am concerned about the book's structure and layout. I am pleased with this one (I am notorious for returning badly formatted books). Not only is the layout easy on the eyes, the table of contents work. Here, the TOC is a little more important since the book can be read in any order.
I think that this is an excellent book and one worth keeping close by. It is more than a tutorial, but a solid reference.
A number of different sites/methods are included, so you have options. Every reader probably won't use every option here, but your needs should be covered *somewhere* in the book. And whichever method(s) you choose, you'll be readily able to implement because the authors have provided such detailed instructions.
Where to have reviews posted, how to ask, where to ask, *when* to ask, how to track them...all of these things are covered.
Definitely worth the read!