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How valued Readers can become valued Reviewers!!

From the Island Editions blog:

How valued Readers can become valued Reviewers!!

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How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

I’m rereading How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically, and this time I’m flagging the ideas so I can find and focus on them. There’s no way I could have dog-eared all those pages!

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Review of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers) (Volume 3) (Paperback: October 24, 2016)

It’s hard to do justice to this book because it covers so much territory. I’ve been reviewing, promoting, and marketing for a long time, but I learned a lot more in this book; and even as I was reading it, I used the Tweet, etc. icons function on my Amazon buy page, per her suggestion. 

The author tells you how to use endorsements and blurbs in promotion–and how long an excerpt should be (fair use) and how to use elipses in these excerpts. (I knew that about elipses, but not everyone does.) I appreciated the Amazon info about the excerpt length she shared; and there was more useful information about working with Amazon.

Re: Networking: I’ve written blurbs for books and acknowledgments and received acknowledgments; she gives tips about that and more; and she addresses the importance of exposure and frequency. “This is a process, not a project.”

I also learned more about Amazon Prime and may use it. Oh, and that “As seen in …” tip is another one I can use right now. I’ll be rereading it again. And I learned more about reusing your Amazon review.

So much into, including the Ten-Best Lists tip. (One of my books was listed on MyShelf.com; I’d forgotten that!) Oh, oh. I haven’t kept track of my book reviews. I could have had a notebook for that!

The Questions and Answers section is very helpful; and then there are the Appendices:

“… Each publishing occasion that calls for a query…is different. Ditto for each circumstance that requires a media release. Thus, the samples (templates?) in my appendices are merely suggestions. …”

I’ve only scratched the surface! This is a must-read book for writers; I know I have to read it again. I wish I had a print copy ’cause it’d be full of flags! Highly recommended.

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Detour Trail by Joy V. Smith (book review)

Another 5 star review:

Detour Trail- Joy V. Smith.

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Detour Trail review (link)

Here’s a new review of Detour Trail (4 stars): 

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Detour Trail reviews (links)

Check out this Detour Trail review: http://freshfiction.com/review.php?id=38008

And here’s an in-depth review of Detour TrailDetour Trail.

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Strike Three review

Strike Three

Joy V. Smith
WolfSinger Publications
9781936099658, $12.95, www.wolfsingerpubs.com

Because of the ‘hot virus’, World War III’s scenario is more deadly than any nuclear-powered conflict, and the missiles fired during conflict are far more deadly than any conventional battle could have envisioned. But the message of Strike Three isn’t just about altered warfare, but altered survival mechanisms honed by feisty protagonists who seek to start over, against all odds and against the backdrop of an Earth devastated on many different levels. Against this scenario are a series of vivid protagonists who battle for not just survival but a revised world – and within their efforts to rise again will be the rudiments of a new kind of humanity. Strike Three is exceptional reading for any who enjoy apocalyptic stories, and offers many twists and turns unpredictable even for avid readers of end-of-world sagas.

From Midwest Book Review

You can find it at: Midwest Book Review: California Bookwatch: October 2014: The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

Link: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/calbw/oct_14.htm#Fantasy/SciFi

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