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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
As many of you know I was on a mission to write 100 guest posts on other people's blogs this year. Well, I got there in October and haven't stopped.

As well, having written my first non-fiction book I went back to some of the people I had originally written for and asked them if they would like a free review copy or if they would like me to write another article for them.

So far - 1 x review and 8 x articles (and someone actually bought the book!!)


Reviews look great on Amazon, but all the articles have one link to my book's website and some bloggers linked to the book's Amazon page too.

In your opinion which is best for the long term marketing campaign of my book?
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Site Admin Belew private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay

Nothing will beat a really good book.

When it gets read by the right number of people, the rest will take care of itself.

Focus on getting the book read, not just found.
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Member gspieler private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay @Belew I think book reviews are more important. As people find you and check out your book on Amazon, having as many as possible reviews will spill over to your blog, I'm sure, but necessarily the other way around.
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@Belew Any suggestions on how to get a book read?
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@gspieler I think you are right, ... to be found we need reviews ... we need more reviews to attract more customers...

Do you pay attention to bad reviews? I do - I always read them and then make up my own mind.
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@Belew @SusanDay

One way to get your book read is to go to as many book review sites, such as Readers Favorite [url=https://readersfavorite.com/, Good Reads, and The Ultimate List of Book Review Websites and get your book read and reviewed by them. You can use these reviews to get visibility on Facebook for sure. Some of the sites will do the heaving lifting for you, such as Readers Favorite.

Obviously, if you have good reviews on the sites, it's a way to say, "Hey, look. These guys like my book is good and so will you."

Re Amazon reviews: I don't pay attention to others bad reviews, just my own. I figure everyone has an agenda that goes beyond the quality of the book.

At this point in my books career, I'm giving them away. All I want now is visibility. I ask for a review on Amazon in return. However, I'm not having a lot of result with reviews. People are just lazy. But, if you can get some good reviews on these sites, it helps a lot. Good luck. Hope this helps.
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Site Admin Belew private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay

Hunt out the influencers surrounding your book topic. ..go to their site and contact them and give them a free digital copy, no strings attached. It costs you nothing but time.

If you give it away enough and to the right people, and it's good, it'll cstch.on.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@belew How do you know whether you give the book to the right people?
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Member gspieler private msg quote post Address this user
@tienny You don't know. And it doesn't matter. I think it's impossible to know everything about your market, but in some ways it's "Self selecting." People who have no interest in your book won't read it. You also don't want to pre-judge a potential fan.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
Makes sense.
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Top Contributor Steve private msg quote post Address this user
A reviee from an influencer would be ideal... look at grandparents in the news and getting lots of publicity now and give em your book...😁
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@Steve I'm doing that right now. I'm giving away lots of copies to grandparent blogs and baby boomers.

Anyone who wants a free copy send me your address and I'll mail it to you.
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@tienny I don't think you ever know if you're giving your book to the right people, but sometimes you can be selective my understanding your market.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@Samantha Makes sense.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay True also.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay Maybe you can find the target of your book readers and ask for their reviews.

@gspieler Thanks for providing the review site. Is it applicable for children's book?
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Member gspieler private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay..These book review sites have several categories, so you pick the one that is right for your book.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@Steve How to find the grandparents in the news?
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@tienny I horeda publishing company to offer my book to grandparenting bloggers. Of the 150 or so they contacted I sent out 7 books.

The trouble is people are too busy. They see their email and think I'll take a look, but they forget. I know I do this all the time.

You just have to keep asking.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay How do you keep asking?
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@tienny Just politely send a letter / email.
The important thing is to create a letter or introduction which has something for the blogger. That's why I offer to write an article for them. If you write to them and say here's my book, where's my review (or take that tone) they'll just hit delete.

I get contacted all the time to do reviews or 'read my first chapter' - and, I ignore them because I don't have time and there is nothing in it for me. Sounds selfish, I know. Always keep in mind how busy everyone is. I also think a free hard copy goes a long way to opening doors. Having said that a blogger said my book wouldn't be of interest to her followers, but she wanted an article and said she's allow links to my book. You have to bend and give, then bend some more! lol You just never know who is reading and is interested in what you have to say.
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@SusanDay @tienny I agree it is difficult to get people to read your book if it falls way outside their area of interest. It seems doubly difficult to get those who do read to write a review on Amazon.

Anytime someone buys my book in person and they seem enthusiastic I always ask them to write a review, they say they will, and then they don't. Because they don't like the book? Don't think so as they came to me and already know something about it. My book has been out since 2009. It has won four first-place awards on a national scale, can't count the number of "Five Star" reviews and I have a measly 27 reviews on Amazon. Aaarrrggghhhh.

So I agree with Susan, asking other writers to read a chapter or a book is one way to lose a colleague. I don't want to have to say "no" to a fellow writer, so don't put me in that position. If I want to read your book, I will.
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Site Admin Belew private msg quote post Address this user
Nothing makes people want to read a book more than someone telling them the gotta read the book.

It's getting those few to tell others who will tell others that's the slog.
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Member gspieler private msg quote post Address this user
Right, but not the author.
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@gspieler Even I will read the book when I am interested in it.

@belew Most likely.

Which children's picture book award should I submit my story to?
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Member tienny private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay That is not what I meant. Someone offers to help me to improve my wording. She shares how it helps her son to brush her teeth. Currently, I just send her a word file to ask for her testimonials. So I feel lost on how to go about it.
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