Getting Amazon Reviews of Your Book
There are two ways to get reviews for your book on Amazon. These
reviews have more power than many of the official review lists such
as Publishers Weekly and the New York Times Book Review who do not
do reveiws on self published books.
Someone buys your book - then has the opportunity to post a review
Submit your book for review to the Amazon Review List
ffer your book to 100 to 300 potential readers who can make a real
difference? Ask them to consider posting an honest review of your
book on Amazon.com in exchange for a complimentary copy. If you
spend two or three days contacting about 300 potential Amazon reviewers,
you can expect to receive about 40 to 50 responses, and wind up
with perhaps 35 reviews, a quite satisfactory result.
Amazon Top Reviewers list
- Look for potential reviewers on Amazon's Top
Reviewers List -- only target those who regularly
post reviews of books similar to yours.
- There is a ranking system, but I find this pretty useless. It
would help to have a way to find reviewers that are interested
in certain categories of books.
- Currently the ranking is based on the number of reviews written
and the votes those reviews receive when people click Yes in response
to "Was this review helpful to you?"
- Contact the Reviewer - Some provide postal or e-mail addresses.
You can reach the others by clicking the 'Invite to be an Amazon
Friend' link at the top right of the profile page, This opens
a pop-up form where you can enter a message that Amazon will forward
- Contact Customers of Similar Books - if they have an Amazon
Friend profile, you will find a similar link to contact them.
Other ways to find reviewers are:
- Frequent posters on your blog
- Partipants in forums
- Writers of articles on topics in your field
- Posting a message on
Amazons discussion board
Avoid getting reviews from those who have not read your book -
they scream insincerity and set up.
Whenever you receive e-mails from readers who praise your book
or request further information, you might respond this way:
"Thank you for the kind words about my book. If you agree,
I would love to be able to share your review on Amazon and let
other potential readers know why you liked it. Just a summary
of the comments you sent me would be great. Here's a link to the
review form for my book: http://www.Amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/write-a-review.html?asin=[ISBN]
- add your book ISBN
Giving away a few copies of your book will reap rewards you cannot
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