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Are Book Reviews really THAT important?

Beech Roses

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The dreaded R-word! Reviews… Book Reviews that is. They certainly matter

In a poll 70% of book purchasers admitted to buy books after checking the reviews. Surprisingly many did not pay too much attention to 5-star or 1-star reviews, rather more about the number of reviews and the average rating. 5- star could be a good friend and 1-star someone from the competition, right? So what I am doing is to check the “history” of the reviewer. How many books does he review. Just click on the reviewers name and go to their Amazon site to find out more.

One of these, almost professional reviewers is Melanie Carrico. I met her through Twitter. On her blog she writes: “I am open to reviewing most any book. So far I have agreed to review every book I’ve been asked to. I only ask that you realize I give HONEST reviews. I won’t sugar coat things for anyone. I will continue to support you and help promote you in any way I can.

If you’d like me to review your book, simply email me at macladie25 .[at] yahoo [dot] com. It isn’t necessary to send a blurb, in fact I prefer you don’t. I can be more objective that way. I have a Kindle for ebooks. If you need the review by a certain date, please include that in your email. I do the reviews in order and it may take some time but I complete them all.”

Melanie is not only reviewing your book, she even publicizes these reviews for you:

“I post reviews to Amazon, Good Reads, Twitter, Facebook, here, Pinterest, Amazon UK and Books a Million. The reviews are automatically sent to these places, you don’t have to pick and choose. The more we post the review the better it is for your book.”  What a sweat heart!

More about getting book reviews from Joel Friedlaender. And if you would like to get a list of almost 50 FREE book review links, write an email to 111publishing [ a t ] gmail.com

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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Book Reviews, e-Books, Marketing

 

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