Reviews (Getting them)

How Changes to Amazon’s KDP Select and Review Rankings Impact Authors

Here is how some authors have been gaming self-publishing on Amazon: Write a bunch of short books and get a bunch of friends (or paid reviewers) to give you 5 stars. Add your books to KDP Select—the program that pays authors every time a book is borrowed—and make some money. This will be a strategy …

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2 Hidden Benefits of Using Kindle Pre-Order

When Amazon announced Kindle Pre-Order back in August 2014 they were simply following the lead of Apple and Kobo who both already allow pre-ordering of eBooks. But as experienced book marketers know, low prices and vast selection are not the only reasons book lovers visit Amazon. Regardless of where you ultimately buy a book, Amazon …

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Using Amazon Badges for Book Marketing and Building Your Author Platform

If you spend any time reading Amazon book reviews you’ll notice that some have small labels like “Vine Voice” or “Top 10 Reviewer.” The last time I counted there were 17 different Amazon Badges. Some of these you can get or request, but most are earned. What does this mean to you? You can find …

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Why Amazon is Integrating Goodreads into Kindle Devices and How eBook Authors Can Benefit

This past month Amazon added Goodreads integration to the original, first generation Kindle Paperwhite. It was already part of the second generation Paperwhite as well as newer Kindle Fire tablets with the Fire OS 3.1 update last fall. Goodreads (acquired by Amazon in early 2013) continues to extend its lead as the largest and fastest …

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Book Reviewer Yellow Pages: An Unwieldy But Invaluable Resource

Are you someone who would rather rely on a physical book directory than an online directory? If so, I highly recommend this fourth edition of The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages: A Promotional Reference Guide for Authors and Small Publishers, Fourth Edition (formerly The Indie Book Reviewer Yellow Pages) but be sure to read my caveats …

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