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Quick Link: A plea for reviewers – can we open up a dialogue about self-published books?

Quick Link: A plea for reviewers – can we open up a dialogue about self-published books?

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Roz Morris, owner of Nail Your Novel, reaches out to people who review books with a plea that they open their minds a little towards reviewing self-publishing titles. I can understand the reluctance of book reviewers, there are a lot of self-published […]

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Quick Link: Oops. That Book Review’s Not Verified

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. There have been a lot of changes with Amazon’s reviews lately. I understand the need to give readers better and more trustworthy reviews but it also needs to be balanced against how difficult it is to get reviews by writers. Big Al at […]

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Quick Links: The 5 Most Common Mistakes Writers Make When Seeking Book Reviews

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Reviews are very important for all authors, but especially for indie authors. Good reviews help legitimize your writing and encourage other readers to check out your book. But getting reviews are very difficult.  At Live Write Thrive, Gisela Hausmann gives out tips […]

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Quick Link: How to Get Book Reviews: 10 Tricks for Getting Your Book Reviewed by a Book Blogger

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Book reviews are really important for building trust for new readers. One often overlooked resource is book bloggers. Book bloggers will often post on Amazon and other sites as well. Barb Drozdowich has all the details, including a link to a list of […]

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Quick Links: How to Create a Link on Amazon for Book Reviewers

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. Who doesn’t want more reviews! The awesome Shelly Hitz has a great way to add a direct link to the Amazon review section of your book, making it oh so easy for readers to review your title. ~ * ~ How to […]

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Quick Links: Busting Myths about Book Reviews

Quick links, bringing you great articles on writing from all over the web. A good book cover and title will get a potential reader to look closer at your story, and a good description goes a long way. But it is still book reviews that most people use to decide whether or not to invest […]

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Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

This post by Colin Dwyer originally appeared on NPR on 9/27/15. Whatever the old adage might warn, there is a bit of merit to judging a book by its cover — if only in one respect. Consider the blurb, one of the most pervasive, longest-running — and, at times, controversial — tools in the publishing […]

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Amazon Sues To Block Fake Reviews On Its Site

This article by Jay Greene originally appeared on The Seattle Times on 4/8/15. Amazon.com sued three websites it accuses of purveying fake reviews, demanding that they stop the practice. The suit alleges that the glowing product evaluations they provide deceive consumers and harm the sellers on Amazon’s site who don’t game the system. The suit, […]

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BuzzFeed Books Won’t Kill Literary Criticism — But Book Snobbery Might

This post by Michelle Dean originally appeared on Flavorwire on 11/8/13. So here’s the thing: yesterday BuzzFeed Books named its new editor, a sometime friend of mine named Isaac Fitzgerald. I knew Isaac as the Managing Editor of a literary site known as The Rumpus, where I was a weekend editor for several months in 2012.  […]

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Surviving in the Amazon Jungle – How Authors and Reviewers Can Co-exist in a Hostile Environment (and run to court if they don’t)

This post by Pete Morin originally appeared on his site on 3/20/14. Well, the Rice Petition has lost a lot of its steam as author after author continues to sign it with no apparent understanding of exactly what it proposes (based upon their own comments), but in the meantime, there has been a lot of […]

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Jane Austen Read Her Reviews… and Kept Notes on Them

This post by Sal Robinson originally appeared on the Melville House blog on 5/22/14. Some authors refuse to read their reviews. And then there’s Jane Austen. Who not only, it turns out, listened to what her friends and acquaintances had to say about her books, both positive and negative, but also took notes on it. […]

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Literary Criticism in the Era of the Clickbait Headline

This post by Jason Diamond originally appeared on Flavorwire on 5/15/14. This probably says more about the type of conversations I have when I’m not sitting behind a computer than anything, but I’ve spent plenty of time in bars debating whether book reviews are of any value to anybody, from the reading public to the […]

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How To Write A Book Review For Amazon.com

This post by Kristen J. Tsetsi originally appeared on her site on 3/12/14. The integrity of The Book Review has been demolished by too many reviewers who use the book review space as a personal venting venue, whether it’s to beat an author with one-star reviews because s/he said something in public that annoyed people, […]

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Anne Rice Owns the Bullies

This post originally appeared on STGRB on 1/26/14. We’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. Sorry we are so late in doing it. In our last post on Anne Rice, we showed you how she has been lighting up the Amazon fora with her wisdom and advice for authors. We also mentioned […]

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