How to Get Your Book Reviewed: Sell More Books with Reviews, Testimonials and Endorsements


* Winner of a National Indie Excellence Award for best Writing/Publishing book *

Sell More Books with Reviews, Testimonials and Endorsements

Book reviews are powerful tools for getting your book noticed and influencing potential customers to buy. In the ultimate guide to profiting from book reviews, you'll find everything you need to confidently pursue reviews, endorsements, and testimonials. Here's what you will learn:

> Why reviews, endorsements and testimonials are ...

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* Winner of a National Indie Excellence Award for best Writing/Publishing book *

Sell More Books with Reviews, Testimonials and Endorsements

Book reviews are powerful tools for getting your book noticed and influencing potential customers to buy. In the ultimate guide to profiting from book reviews, you'll find everything you need to confidently pursue reviews, endorsements, and testimonials. Here's what you will learn:

> Why reviews, endorsements and testimonials are critical to book selling success

> How the review process works and where to get book reviews

> How books are selected (or rejected) for review

> How to save time and money and increase your success rate by developing a solid review strategy.

> The pros and cons of sending queries vs. sending books to potential reviewers

> How bad reviews affect books sales (the answer may surprise you)

> What to do if you get a negative review

> 6 things you should never do when seeking book reviews

> How to deal with the bias against self-published books

> How to encourage loyal followers to review your book prior to publication

> The best ways to get book reviews and testimonials from customers

> Strategies for attracting 5-star reviews on Amazon

> How to harness the power of virtual reader communities like Goodreads

> How to get bloggers buzzing about your nonfiction book

> The secrets to working successfully with book bloggers to get book reviews

> How to find the best blogs to contact about book reviews

> How to plan a successful virtual book tour

> Strategies for increasing your odds of a review in a major book journal

> Where to find literary magazines and newspapers

> Tips for researching and working with the media

> The best ways to use book reviews to reach and influence book buyers.

> And more

In How to Get Your Book Reviewed, you'll also get:

> 14 case studies with real life examples of how reviews work

> A sample book announcement press release written by an award-winning publicist

> Dozens of hyperlinks to valuable resources

> Words of wisdom from two dozen top book marketing experts and authors

> Links to major book journals

> No fluff - just well-organized, practical advice and resources.

:: About Dana Lynn Smith, The Savvy Book Marketer

Dana Lynn Smith writes a series of how-to guides designed to teach authors and indie publishers how to sell more books. She has a degree in marketing and 13 years of experience working for a business book publisher prior to starting her consulting business. Learn more at

:: Praise for How to Get Your Book Reviewed

"If you read this book and then take action, expect to see results!"
-Shelley Hitz,

"The definitive guide for any writer who wants to get their book noticed. Highly recommended!"
-Fiona Ingram, author of The Secret of the Sacred Scarab

"The premier "go-to" manual for authors seeking book reviews."
- Yvonne Perry, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

"This is a brilliant book and I certainly recommend it."
- Michael Smith, novelist

"The most complete guide for getting reviews around. A must for an author's e-cabinet of book promotion essentials!"
- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers

"I feel confident that I can now approach bloggers, online book groups, selected media contacts and Amazon reviewers."
- Mal Duane, author of Alpha Chick, Five Steps for Moving from Pain to Power

"I recommend How to Get Your Book Reviewed for all authors."
- Patricia Fry, author of Promote Your Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982380406
  • Publisher: Texana Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 158
  • Sales rank: 819,625
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Great Book for Published Authors

    I know I'm a lucky person--I'm a writer, a mommy, a wife, a dog owner!--but when the opportunity came to review Dana Lynn Smith's book, How To Get Your Book Reviewed, I thought about buying a lottery ticket, too. This is such a timely book for me--since my historical fiction, middle-grade book, Finding My Place, just came out. So, what did I think of Dana's book, why should you care about getting your book reviewed, and how will this Savvy Book Marketer's guide help you to get your book reviewed? Read on to find out!

    Dana begins her guide by explaining why you should care about getting book reviews (which, nowadays, are also recommendations or endorsements from readers on social networking sites and online book stores). This quote sums it up perfectly: "There's no guarantee that reviews will translate into sales, but they certainly increase the odds. With the huge amount of competition facing your book, reviews are one of the very best ways to get your book noticed and to influence purchasing decisions of potential customers."

    Okay, so now that you are convinced you need reviews, Dana shows you how to get them. This is a very thorough book with live links in the e-book version. She has three sections basically--by the way, she's thought of everything!--the book review process: how it works and how to submit, different places where you can get your book reviewed (you will read about places you never thought of), and what to do with the reviews once you have them to create sales. She also goes into the pitfalls of book reviews, so you will be aware of what can happen if things don't go exactly as you hoped.

    One of the coolest parts of this book are the "case studies." Case studies are real-world examples of the points that Dana makes in her book. For example, she suggests going for the gold and getting high-profile endorsements. Then she presents a case study of Rabbi Ed Weinsberg who wrote a book about prostrate cancer and got endorsements from people like John Gray (Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus) and Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Another one of her case studies is about getting reviews on Amazon--a self-published author shares his experiences. She shares some important and vital information for all authors--self-published or traditional. Whether you like Amazon or not, this site has great influence on readers. So, you must learn to work with Amazon, and the case studies help you do this.

    I also liked the "Savvy Tip" highlighted boxes in How to Get Your Book Reviewed. If you just have a few minutes to skim through the book when you first get it, then read all the highlighted boxes, and you will be well on your way to understanding what you need to do get book reviews and use them to drive sales. Her tips include information on where to concentrate reviews, book promo materials, linking to reviews online and your media kit, and more.

    The section of the book that I found the most helpful, full of new information that I didn't know and active links so I can easily explore, is the list of online resources, including reading communities like LibraryThing and Author's Den, and how to work with book bloggers. Authors cannot underestimate the power of social media and blogs--if you can get these readers behind you and supporting you, you are well on your way to success. Some of these bloggers have quite a following and passionately endorse and prom

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