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Challenges Authors Face in Getting Reviews for Their Books

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Robinson.

Let’s get real here.

Most authors are shocked to find out how much time they have to spend marketing their book.

If you’re a self-published author, I’m sure you know what I mean. After all, you got into writing because you love to write, right? Why is it necessary to spend so much time getting publicity for your book?

The answer is simple.

We are living in an economy that has too much content. Books, blog posts, podcasts, memes—the list goes on and on. There is too much content for any of us to consume. Even if your book is in a small niche genre, there are probably hundreds of competitors vying for a reader’s attention. Continue Reading…

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Writers Make When Seeking Book Reviews

Today’s guest post is by top Amazon reviewer Gisela Hausmann. This content originally ran on the Huffington Post, and it is reprinted here with her permission.

The day before yesterday, I received an email asking me to review an indie author’s book. Somewhat ironically, this request email stated, “As you liked (title of book), you might also love my newest book, (title), because it’s in the same category as the book you already reviewed . . .”

I remembered the book I supposedly “liked.” I didn’t like it at all; I had awarded it with a negative review.

Obviously, this indie author made a mistake; most likely, because he rushed trying to find as many top reviewers as possible to whom he could offer his book “in return for an objective and unbiased review.” Continue Reading…

Busting Myths about Book Reviews

For Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive. Today’s post is from 6 Common Myths About Book Reviews, by Dana Lynn Smith:

Book reviews are a powerful promotional tool, but there are some misconceptions about how to obtain them. Here are some common myths about getting book reviews.

  •  Myth #1 – Book reviews are just for new books.

It’s true that book review journals read by librarians and booksellers review books at or soon after publication. It’s best to focus your review efforts during the first year of a book’s life, but some venues will review older books.

  •  Myth #2 – No one will review a self-published book.

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