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5 star reviews for Taboo Tech

Taboo Tech recently got a 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite, followed by a 5 star review from a reader!  Thank you!! And I’m looking forward to feedback from all of you!!


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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 review (link)

I found a new Detour Trail review recently: Detour Trail review: http://booklikes.com/tag/joy-v-smith

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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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Strike Three review (link)

Here’s the latest review of Strike Threehttp://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/strike-three-by-joy-v-smith/



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Strike Three review

Re: What is the last book you read, and your rating?

Post Number:#3808  PostbyMichaelMcManus » 18 Sep 2014, 11:12

The last really good book I read is called “Strike Three” by Joy V. Smith. I rated it five stars without hesitation. If you like stories about surviving World War III, you will enjoy reading this book about how scattered groups of Americans reconnect and rebuild our country.

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Kill me now – what do I do about a negative review? (link)

It’s good to be prepared: Kill me now – what do I do about a negative review?.


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Detour Trail gets another 5 star review

I’m happy to announce that Detour Trail, my western novel, got a 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite: Detour Trail review


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The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed (book review link)

Book review 35: Morgen Bailey reviews ‘The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed’ by Della Galton

Synopsis: Originally written as a series for Writers’ Forum Magazine, this snappy, no-nonsense guide has been expanded, amended and updated. Using new examples from her own published short fiction, Della Galton takes you from ‘story idea’ to ‘final edit’, and demonstrates how to construct and polish the perfect short story, ready for publication.

From Morgen Bailey’s writing blog: http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/book-review-35-morgen-bailey-reviews-the-short-story-writers-toolshed-by-della-galton/

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