Yesterday I listened to a free teleclass sponsored by Joan Stewart of Publicity Hound. The topic was getting book reviews on Amazon by Debbie Drum. I thought it would be better than it was. Basically it was nothing more than a sales presentation to buy a $147 product (costs $197 on her website). Usually with a teleclass you get something of value even if you don’t buy the product – and truthfully I did get two nuggets of gold – so it wasn’t a waste. And it was free – but it didn’t leave a “must have, can’t live without it” reaction and I didn’t feel like it was a great use of my time. In fact to me it came off very much like a used car salesman pitch. But maybe if I actually did have money to spend on marketing I would have been more inclined to buy.
And maybe I was in a negative frame of mind to start with. That can be influencing. The more I think about it this morning the more positive I feel about it. After all, finding even one nugget of gold in book marketing is worth a lot.
Gold Nugget one [interesting fact]: In order to get noticed by Amazon you need to have at least 25 book reviews the first week of your book sales to be noticed.
Gold Nugget two [how to find reviewers]: You can find Amazon book reviewers by going to Amazon and clicking on book reviews.
then you click on the reviews and it lists the reviewers. You then have to click on each one to find more information. Most of the reviewers do not have any contact information but Debbie said maybe one out of ten or maybe it was 25 will. Then you can follow through with that contact link to their website, email, whatever you can find.
After that, you send them an email and ask if they will be willing to review your book.
The only way I saw to contact this book reviewer was to join her mailing list. So maybe after that I will get an actual email contact. Not sure. AND this was the whole point of Debbie Drum’s teleclass was that she has developed a product that skims through all this information and saves you from a lot of the clicking through to find the addresses.
So it wasn’t a bad offer – just one I can’t afford.
I am going to be one of those who is going to put in the time, energy and frustration to find book reviewers the slow way. I am very grateful for Debbie’s breakdown of how to do this. This was brand new information for me. And you know if someone wanted to drop Debbie’s product in my lap, heck yeah I would use it!
The rest of yesterday I spent working on my book site. I put up a Christmas game and sent out a blog post. I am going to try very hard to spend more time actually working on that site and hopefully – please God – find a way to connect with people who would be interested in my book(s).