Category Archives: Book Reviews

StoryCartel.com: Get more Amazon (& other) reviews with this site

Please note: This content originally appeared in my Magic Mondays Marketing tips newsletter. You can sign up for a book marketing tip like this every week here! Get more reviews with StoryCartel.com The WHY behind this tip: You know how important book reviews are to your discoverability and sales, but it can be tough getting the number of reviews you want. StoryCartel.com offers readers
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Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book

Note: Today’s post is a special one – a Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, New York Times Bestseller, co-founder of Alltop.com and former chief evangelist for Apple. Guy has published both traditionally and independently. His new book, released today, is called Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur – How to Publish a Book. In the Q&A I ask him about his experience with self-publishing, and his thoughts on
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7 Ways to Get Your Book Reviewed

Happy Tuesday folks. It’s election results day here in the US, but to keep you distracted until the nerve-wracking results come in, I’ve got a great guest post for you! In this article, I talk about why getting reviews on Amazon should be your first book marketing priority. While organic reviews will come slowly but surely, I believe that it’s an indie author’s job
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How to successfully pitch a blog owner with a guest post, with author Jenny Ladner Brenner

Indie author Jenny Ladner Brenner emailed me a few weeks back, saying she had sold a couple of thousand copies of her book, The Dinner Party, since June “with limited marketing and networking”. She also asked if she could guest post or be interviewed on the site. I don’t typically accept unsolicited guestposts on here or do reviews, but I was interested in how she
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I Heart Book Reviewers! (And why you should, too)

Targeting book reviewers is a great way to get exposure for your indie book, be it through blog tours or contacting them directly to read and evaluate your novel. These reviewers are in fact the drive behind so many self-published books’ success, and yet they are more often that not unpaid, and all too often unappreciated. Author Lauren Clark talks about her experience with
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It’s National Book Lover’s Day! Wanna win a paperback from my library?

Oh how happy I am that there is a national book lover’s day and it’s today! I know so many of us would put ourselves in that box. I’m extremely lucky to get a lot of books through the mail. (In fact, I think I’m solely responsible for keeping my UPS man in shape. I live on the third floor and he flies up
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Reader Q&A: How do I send an ebook to a reviewer, and is it safe?

UH asks: “I’m looking for info on how to send an ebook to a reviewer. do you happen to know if one just sends the mobi or epub file as an attachment, or…? And is it secure? I know pdfs are not secure (they can be copied), so i’m wondering how this works with the ebook files. Thanks for any info!” The A to
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LibraryThing: Some Tips on Getting Book Reviews from Giveaways

Last week on the blog we talked about GoodReads giveaways and how to run a successful one. While the GoodReads giveaways are great, they currently only allow paperback copies to be given away, so for those authors with digital books, or on a very tight budget, it’s not an option. LibraryThing is a site that works much like GoodReads, and they DO allow eBook giveaways.
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Goodreads Giveaways: Why you should, & some tips to get the best of them (hint: reviews!)

It’s likely you’ve heard of, or already belong to, Goodreads.com (if you haven’t, run, don’t walk over there NOW and sign up!), the social cataloguing site where members can create reading lists, catalogue books they’re reading to their “book shelves,” participate in discussion groups and review books they’ve read. With more than 7 million readers who have added more than 260,000 books to their
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A Little Publishing Fairytale. Today’s a good day!

I’m interrupting the usual marketing tips & advice today to tell a little publishing fairytale. Image courtesy of storybookdreams.com Kathy Lynn Harris had what many authors have been waiting a long time for – a manuscript that she was happy with, a great literary agent, and several requests for her full manuscript. In fact, over the 8 years that her agent pitched Blue Straggler
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