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Michael F. Quar...

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What are the proven, legal ways to get reviews?
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I've read so much about how other folks got their books reviewed, and much of it was "get your friends and family to send reviews", or so-and-so paid for reviews, and a lot more stuff that came off either being an outright scam, or at least something that would get me into hot water, that I am left wondering how people get real feedback and ratings. Besides, my book's page looks naked without even one review.

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Peter Addison

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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:45 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Write well.
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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 6:59 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
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I think there are 2 basic ingredients to reviews- readers, and patience while you wait for a few of those readers to write up a review. There's no magic formula aside from the more readers you have, the more likely you are to get those reviews rolling in. Pretty basic, I know.
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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:05 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Contact book review blogs for your genre. Allow a few months.
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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:07 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
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I've read so much about how other folks got their books reviewed, and much of it was "get your friends and family to send reviews", or so-and-so paid for reviews, and a lot more stuff that came off either being an outright scam, or at least something that would get me into hot water, that I am left wondering how people get real feedback and ratings. Besides, my book's page looks naked without even one review.



The sad truth is that most readers will only leave reviews for books that they love, or books that they hate. Writing reviews is time consuming and people have to feel the urge to write. Amazon is cracking down on authors who buy reviews or where the review is posted by a family member. Most people who receive free books will never write a review. They are just book takers, didn't pay for the book, and so feel no obligation to spend time on something that didn't cost them anything. It's a sad but a true fact that you have to TOUCH the reader, whether that contact generates warmth or anger.
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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:18 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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When top selling indie authors are asked to reveal their secret, the secret is there is no secret, no complicated algorithm--just facebook, a twitter account and some blogging. So, yes, maybe it's that simple, that great writing shines. And when it does, the reviews follow. Keep in mind, it is difficult to get reviews, and some you'd rather not have. I do know five star reviews can help with sales. I see that in my first publication--a best seller in its category for the past seven months. Whereas another story is criticized for being too short for depth (guess they've never heard of understatement) and, although it does have two nice reviews, 4 star, the two lower scores bring it down. That's how it goes. Once it's out of my hands, it's out of my hands.

How someone gets twenty or more reviews, I have no idea. I do know that you may get a review you don't want. But the 1 star reviews I've accrued are horribly written (makes me feel better) and I've surmised that the reader is not too swift, and I also consider, well, that's what you get when you teach a dumb person how to read. Sounds harsh, but so is the review. LOL (and, no, I don't revisit my work to see how to improve...too seasoned for that nonsense).

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These are all good answers. Thanks, everybody!
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Posted: Jan 8, 2013 7:55 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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To get reviews... Write, write, write; write good, professional-quality books. Publish your books. Tweet them, Facebook them, and Pin them. Submit your books to every review service you run across, but never to a "paid" review service (this amounts to a vanity review and kills your credibility). And, most importantly, have patience. If you write good books and publicize them, the reviews will come. Good luck!
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Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:36 AM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Info on Reviews

Reviews can be a fascinating subject that draws a lot of controversy.
On these Forums periodically you will see people offering exchange ads, which is against Amazons policy and a lot of people are against it because in a way its like I will give you a good review if you give me one.

I have seen exchange reviews offered on this forum and the people list their title and a month later you can look their book up on amazon and see where they got about 8 five star reviews within a month period. Then a week or two later people that see them and keeps track of the titles write one star reviews on the book because they are convinced that the five star reviews are fake reviews. Also I have noticed that the Five Star reviews start getting a lot of NO VOTES THAT THE REVIEWS WERE NOT HELPFUL.

People under normal conditions are lucky to get 2 reviews a year but more often only one or none.

There is a lot of people that offer reviews I will show a few.
http://succotashreviews.blogspot.com/

http://silversolara.blogspot.com/

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009QVJA32

http://www.amazon.com/How-Your-Book-Reviewed-ebook/dp/B005FFTKZQ/ref=sr_1_14?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350689355&sr=1-14&keywords=Book+Reviewers

http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/

http://www.amazon.com/Book-Reviewer-Yellow-Pages-ebook/dp/B008YYZEOQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350803509&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Book+Reviewer+Yellow+pages

Sometimes you can see a review on a ebook similar to yours and if you check their review you can sometimes get their email address from their profile. I will show you my reviewing profile.

I did a review on THE MOST BEAUTIFULIST PUSSYCAT IN THE WORLD Kindle Edition
that I liked very much:
http://www.amazon.com/MOST-BEAUTIFULIST-PUSSYCAT-WORLD-ebook/dp/B007QYC8TO/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Here is a list of Amazon's top reviewers and a lot of them have email addresses.

in case you want to contact them about a review.
Amazon's Top Customer Reviewers:
http://www.amazon.com/review/top-reviewers

Charles O'Donnell

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Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:56 AM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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As one whose book has received excellent reviews from one brother, one sister, one sister-in-law, one college buddy and the best man at my wedding, I would put forward that our desperate quest for reviews may have more than one objective.

Are you trying to sell books? Of course you are. Then you want good reviews. Rule one of my six rules for indie success (see my blog in the links below), namely, "Write good stuff" should be your primary objective. The other rules are important ("make your work available," "generate buzz") because you can write like Jonathan Franzen and still die in obscurity if no one knows how to find you.

Are you trying to find out if your stuff is good? Do you want to make it better? Reviews from friends and family are only partially useful for this purpose but you have to be able to crack the code (http://theindieomnibus.blogspot.com/?view=flipcard#!/2013/01/friends-and-family.html). I'm researching professional editors for this purpose, and I'm finding they don't work cheap.

With a little work you can find 50 to 100 blogs to target for reviews. With a lot of work you can establish a presence at a select few and start to generate some buzz.

Please visit my blog and share your experience!

Best of luck,
Charles O'Donnell
Book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ARXTGN2
Blog: http://theindieomnibus.blogspot.com
Me: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00AS0QFHO
Gerry Gaston

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Posted: Jan 12, 2013 8:32 AM   in response to: Charles O'Donnell in response to: Charles O'Donnell
 
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Try just searching on google, yahoo, bing, etc for "how to get amazon ebook reviews"
There are a lot of useful links and sites that might be helpful.
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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 4:50 PM   in response to: Charles O'Donnell in response to: Charles O'Donnell
 
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"As one whose book has received excellent reviews from one brother, one sister..."

You're brave! I'd never dare let my brothers or sister review one of my books! ;-)
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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 5:27 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Pay someone in the mass media to show your book on their show, for roughly fifteen seconds, and $500,000.
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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 5:47 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Find a book similar to yours and study the people who reviewed it. Look for someone who has done hundreds of reviews, or someone labelled as a Top 1000 reviewer. These people take pride in their reviews and others even follow them. Message them and ask VERY nicely if they would like to read your book.

Alternatively there are Facebook groups where you can request reviews. As of last week there is one on Goodreads as well.
Peter Addison

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Posted: Jan 14, 2013 6:03 PM   in response to: Michael F. Quar... in response to: Michael F. Quar...
 
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Ever think of asking for a review at the end of your book?
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