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How to Get a Truckload of Reviews on Amazon.com by [Sansevieri, Penny C.]
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  • File Size: 2094 KB
  • Print Length: 63 pages
  • Publication Date: January 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GJA9K8S
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Penny knows her stuff and offers lots of valuable tips for getting book reviews. This isn't a fast and easy approach however, most of the suggestions in this book are time-consuming, such as personalizing emails and sending thank you notes. There may be other ways to get reviews to consider, like building up an email list and asking your followers, but there's enough value in this book to make it worth the purchase.

One small complaint: this book seems to be a collection of articles and guest posts, so rather than one holistic book reviewing theory, you get incongruous advice, such as the following direct contradictions:

"If you have a gift that ties into your product, swag in other words, it's totally fine to send that to the reviewer. Seriously. Reviewers love swag (as long as it's classy, not cheap junk). So feel free to send it with your book."

"Don't include food, gifts or any other form of bribery, no matter how desperate you are for a review. This will just turn the reviewer off."
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This book is packed with links that may be helpful to a self publishing author. There are hundreds of links to book blogs in many genres, sample letters asking for a review, writing a blurb, developing an author's page, and just about anything an author may need.

There is a section on Goodreads which was very informative and gives just about everything you need to know about that site. The book is probably worth buying to unravel the useful actions a writer can implement there. She did mention that Goodreads says that about 60% of the people who get a free book submit a review. From talking to authors who have the numbers of books they have sold or given away and the number of reviews garnered, I think it's a much lower percentage.

As others have noted, there is some conflicting advice on gifts or no gifts. I also noticed that one part said getting reviews was difficult in a highly competitive market, and another section said it was surprisingly easy to get them. That didn't bother me, because readers can make up their own mind.

There is one chapter that offered an interesting way to double your reviews, and I think it would be very helpful. It relies on human nature, and I haven't seen anything like it in similar books.

The area that I disagreed with most was getting reviews on Amazon. I'm not a marketer, just a reviewer. However, the author suggested contacting the top 500 reviewers in the same genre as the author writes. For one thing, in order to contact a reviewer, there needs to be an email listed. Another problem is that the top 500 reviewers get hundreds of requests to review books each month.

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I received this book when it was a Kindle promotion. I am not an author, but I love to read and review books. I did find the information interesting and very helpful. Any author wants to get reviews for their book. Newspapers are no longer the way most readers discover books. Amazon, Goodreads and plenty of blogs have taken their place. A new author would most likely have to start out small and work their way up. This author relays several excellent tips on how to approach blog owners and other book reviewers.

As this is a Kindle book, I didn't "flip" through the pages. I kept reading, wondering if she was going to cover Goodreads, which is now owned by Amazon. Finally, there it was! She talks about their giveaways and how to approach reviewers.

Definitely recommended to anyone looking to getting more reviews for their book(s)!
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The Goodreads section is excellent, as is the list of helpful links at the end. Penny offers some great advice, based on extensive experience. The Amazon part of the title is misleading in that this book covers much more than just that niche. The attempts to be chatty and cute are misplaced, though. Had this book been organized, edited, and focused, it would pack a punch in half the length. It was published prematurely.

The wordiness of "It probably seems unnecessary to state that being professional at all times is important" could be replaced with "Always be professional." The sections inserted by another author and the conflicting comments about giving gifts to reviewers are only two of numerous examples of disorganization. "There is a difference between pitching for reviews and seeking a blog tour," the author says--but this isn't a book about blog tours. It is a book about reviews, and then we read, "We’ve already mentioned how the review space is highly competitive, which means depending on reviews is not the best strategy."

All in all, there's much useful information here, if you're willing to dig for it.
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I have to admit that a good bit of what I read was well beyond my experience. I'm one of those who have not embraced social media beyond e-mail. However, most of what I read struck me as common sense. Beginners have to begin somewhere because that is the crux of it all. You also have to be prepared to make mistakes. So when I read other reviewers saying that this isn't cutting edge, well what is these days? There were thousands of online marketers who were making good incomes one day and getting cut of at the knees the next when Google blindsided them. So again, begin somewhere and don't worry that this may not be the most privileged and up to date info available. It won't matter until you get your feet wet.
If you're willing to join some of the writers blogs as the author suggested, you'll likely get some hints of what's going on out there. And for that I appreciate the links included in this e-book. They've been informative.
A couple of years ago, I went to a brief presentation given by a very well known author. She was fortunate to already have been established with the mainstream publishers, but couldn't get herself involved in the social media. So, she hired someone to do that for her. (Her income was pretty established, as well.) For the rest of us, having another leave markers for the new trail is something that I find very helpful.
The thing that took me out of our author's presentation was the inclusion of articles from other authors. Perhaps it's my fault for reading most books like novels rather than tutorials, but I appreciate a certain flow when trying to understand another's way of thinking and their approach to whatever the subject matter may be. Sometimes that's the most enriching and revealing part.
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