Have you noticed an increase in ads on Twitter and on blogs for review services?
favorited and followed me on Twitter.
I checked out who had done so and learned wearily it was just a way to get my business.
On their web page, they calmly explain why you should BUY REVIEWS. Only $97 for 10 reviews.
Sigh. Yeah, I want to get thrown off Amazon and PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE.
ANNE R. ALLEN wrote a detailed article on why this is a very, very, very bad thing to do.
I've also seen ads for KIRKUS REVIEWS popping up everywhere on the internet.
Now, when an established business starts avalanching the net with ads then I begin to think they are hurting.
$425.00 for a review that might take 9 weeks.
Or you can fork over the extra money and pay $575.00 for the 4-6 week review.
Once the review is published, however, few, if anyone, will see it.
It gets tucked
away three or four layers deep into the Kirkus labyrinth of thousands of
And you wouldn’t find it unless you searched for it
Only an extreme select few books get selected by their editors for a
and even fewer (think Stephen King) actually get a star.
REALLY NOT WORTH THE MONEY FOR MOST OF US.
If you want to buy a review from an objective service, you might want to look into these:
San Francisco Book Review: $125.00 (8-10 weeks)
Portland Book Review: $100.0
Readers Views: various review services (2-4 week turnaround)
Indie Reader: $150.00 (2-4 week turnaround)
Midwest Book Review: $50.00 (14-16 week turnaround)
Self Publishing Review: $119 (1 month turnaround)
ForeWord Book Review: Requires book submissions 2 months before release date
I hope this helps.
Don't forget to go to D.G. Hudson's RAINFOREST WRITING http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.com/
to read her review of my book:
THE STARS BLEED AT MIDNIGHT