How not to write book reviews on Amazon

Much gnashing of teeth has been heard recently from the bottom-feeders of the book publishing world, about the rather sensitive topic of Amazon reviews.

how not to write book reviews

If you go to the trouble of setting up the review of a book you’ve read (whether on Amazon or elsewhere) your job is to give an honest opinion of it…

There have been several years of laughable scams – too many to document here but voici a few examples to refresh your memory:

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 1

Book publishing – scams are alive and well and living in the USA, part 2

Book publishing scams – three stinky examples

Although it took a while, Amazon finally lost its sense of humour a while ago, tightened up the regulations, and stopped allowing obviously fake reviews. No longer will people be able to get reviews from willing workers in countries where English is hardly spoken at all, members of their own family (using the same last name), one person with 18 Amazon accounts in fake names, etc. etc.

But still the scammers wriggle their way around the rules

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How to get your nonfiction book published – choices

If you want to choose a publishing route to take your book to market, this interview I did recently with Bookemon.com sums up my views pretty thoroughly.

Suzan St Maur on Bookemon.comHaving had 31 nonfiction books published so far – 20 of which were published traditionally with some subsequent ones self-published as eBooks, and the last one self-published in print and Kindle – I’ve learned quite a bit about contemporary publishing generally and was grateful to Bookemon for appreciating that.

Unlike so many non-traditional publishing businesses, Bookemon emerges as a trustworthy resource and although I have yet to produce a book with them, I believe that they do offer a credible and fair service.

Here’s how the interview went: you’ll find it helpful… [Read more…]

Story time for authors working with book coaches

Should I trust a book coach to get my book published

Have you been invited by a charming book coach to help you get your book written and published?

Once upon a time not a million years ago I had a book marketing client called Miranda. She wrote romantic fiction and had been working with a Fairy Godmother Book Coach (FGBC).

Miranda had been paying the FGBC at least GBP £500 (USD nearly $790) per month over a period of well over a year: Miranda was inspired to write a trilogy of novels and of course this takes time. Mucho months at GBP £500 a hit. [Read more…]

Book reviews going cheap! Get your book reviewed here for only £10!

HTWB book reviews

Trending now!

….screamed PeoplePerHour recently … offering, we assume, any upcoming author the chance to have a reasonably positive (would you pay even £10 for a blasting?) review that will be placed on some useful sites including, we hope, Amazon. [Read more…]

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