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Friday, February 15, 2013

SHOULD YOU PROSTITUTE YOURSELF?

 
 
 
To many, marketing your book is the same as prostituting yourself --

To them, your book should speak for itself.  Really? 
Do they breathe oxygen on their planet?

Are they aware how expensive advertisements are, even if they are online?

And that these ads are only visible for the time you ordered & paid them?

Reviews stay up on Amazon (usually - more on that later).  Another thought:

The number of reviews influence the impact of your free days should you use
KDP SELECT or Goodreads --

When deciding whether or not to download a free book,
readers check to see how many reviews a free book has.

Other Amazon thoughts:

a.) As Amazon Prime Members tend to borrow rather $5.99 – $9.99 e-books,

raise the price of you book short before you join KDP Select.

To give away a $0.99 e-book for free or to offer it to borrow is a bit of a joke.

b.) Don’t use your promotional days on the weekend (especially Saturday)
because people are typically away from their computers
and spending time with their families on the weekend, especially holiday weekends.

Weekdays are generally better and

if you can have at least two days back-to-back
you will have more time to build momentum for your promotion.

More on Amazon and the reviews:

With all of the attention brought about by possible “fake” reviews,
 a group of authors got together and sent a message to Amazon called

“No Sock Puppets Here Please”.

They claim that authors were misusing the review process
by using multiple accounts to leave good reviews for themselves.

Another reason could possibly also be the fact that Fiverr.com

has several offers from people who write book reviews for $5

(most likely without reading them…).

So now, Amazon removes reviews it considers suspect.

What can you do?  Here are some more sources to find reviewers for your book:

  1. http://www.blog.boysonthebrink.com/review-policy
  2. http://www.forewordmagazine.com
  3. http://www.smblooding.com/faq/
  4. http://www.selfpublishingreview.com
  5. http://www.celticladysreviews.blogspot.com
  6. http://www.bookblitzer.com/home.aspx
  7. http://writermirandastork.wordpress.com/interviewreview-guidelines/
  8. http://www.blacklilackitty.com/contact.html
  9. http://www.libraryjournal.com
  10. http://rebeccavance.com/
  11. http://www.blog.boysonthebrink.com/review-policy
  12. http://www.forewordmagazine.com
  13. http://www.smblooding.com/faq/
  14. http://thebookaddictreviews.blogspot.com/
  15. http://www.annaleeeverhart.blogspot.ca/
  16. http://www.theindieview.com/
  17. http://blog.jessnickel.com/
  18. http://www.quality-books.com/publishers.htm


4 comments:

  1. Good tips and I wish I understood the KDP Select a bit better.

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  2. The Desert Rocks:
    Amazon has now made it necessary to join KDP Select to get 70% royalty for your ebook. You have to pull your book from all other sites and agree for Amazon Prime Subscribers to be able to borrow your book for free in exchange for a percentage of a monthly pool of money. Amazon is in this for the money. But then so are the Big Five Publishers.

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  3. Wow, thats a lot of resources Roland.
    With more authors self publishing, you know somebody has to get the bulk of the profits.

    And with so many authors self published, its difficult to keep up the reading. I think I'd have to read and review about two books a day just to stay current. The last book I read took me about a year to finish.

    .......dhole

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  4. Donna:
    I hope those resources help my friends. You and I are tiny hands waving in an ocean of writers, asking for folks to take a chance on an unknown .

    I am saving up my money to afford a voice actor to do an audible audio book for THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH. Another door to have for readers to open onto my world.

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