The link is on Twitter, not the reviews, I suppose?
Sure, you can do that. But how would you deliver them? The only secure way is as gifts, which would cost you something. If you send the downloaded "mobi," it can be infinitely re-sent, so you may lose control of it.
Possibly Amazon would regard that as giving it away, which could result in Amazon's pricing it at zero or telling you to stop giving it away. Or possibly even having the book taken down, though I think that's unlikely.
Would I do that Twitter thing? Nah, but then I don't Tweet.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)
There are groups on twitter that provide book reviews in exchange for copy. They need to read the book to review it, so isn't there a way to send a free promotional copy to get book reviews ? There are influence rs that would be help-full to promote my book if I can tap into their audience. How can I do this ? Any ideas ?
Mark Blum wrote:
There are groups on twitter that provide book reviews in exchange for copy. They need to read the book to review it, so isn't there a way to send a free promotional copy to get book reviews ?
Yes. Simply e-mail the file to them. Most legitimate reviewers have specific requirements about what they accept for review, and some also require a specific format: ePub, .mobi, and PDF are the most common.
Mark Blum wrote:
There must be a way to promote my book that is OK with Amazon, since I have seen many YouTube videos advising to do this, but they have not shared the mechanics of it.
You haven't given them enough money...scam.
This is working with amazon to promote the book, and more book sales is in both mine and Amazon's best interest financially.
If you want to pay Amazon via AMS, they'll let you promote your book, Amazon doesn't care about your promotion efforts. They're not the publisher, you are. Your sales don't benefit Amazon because if a customer doesn't buy your book they'll buy another...win or lose, Amazon always wins.
Definitely, I would not send anything I could lose control of.
I thought Amazon might have a link I could use to send free promotional copies for review purposes to influential people and groups.
If you want to gift books, you have to pay for them. If you want to do a private giveaway, you still have to buy them. If you want to e-mail copies of the mobi file created during conversion, that's up to you. At least it's free.
Your prior response previously sounded very pessimistic, I am hoping I can find a way and that my hands are not being ties by Amazon policies in terms of ability to promote my book.
As publisher, you can do whatever you want to promote your book, but there are two things you always have to keep in mind -- 1) soliciting reviews can be a gray area and may result in reviews being declined or taken down, especially when a reviewer posts an inordinate amount of reviews for unverified purchases, and 2) using some promotional services can send up a red flag that attempts are being made to manipulate book and/or author rankings.
Maybe someone out there knows how this is done.
Thanks for your advise