How to get Amazon Kindle book reviews in 2018?

by Ralfs
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I'm not too sure about the process of getting Amazon Kindle book reviews in 2018.

There's some info on this topic but it's mostly from year 2015-2017.

Also, the Warriorforum Book Club is old and has old discussions so it was not worth the 40$ for me.

So, can you please give some good strategies to get new reviews? At least, how to get 10 reviews for every book, as I have 3 books at the moment with 0 reviews.

#2018 #amazon #book #kindle #reviews
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  • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
    There is absolutely no reason why the process of getting reviews in 2018 would be different from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 or 2012. Or 2011, for that matter. You simply find people who would be interested in what you've written and ask them if they would be willing to review your book.

    Anyone who thinks this doesn't still work has a hole in their head!

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  • Profile picture of the author Ralfs
    Ok, yes. But what are some specific ways to get reviews?

    Can you share some ways how successful Amazon Kindle publishers are getting reviews nowadays?

    Because it seems to me that the Kindle bandwagon has disappeared.
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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    I believe you should research on potential reviewers and connect with them. Ask and create a personalized email asking for them to review your book. And of course, promote your book to your social media sites.

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  • Profile picture of the author JTofSD
    The best way to get reviews is to get your book into the hands of readers. Do free promotionals of your book, advertise in genre specific lists, email groups, and web pages. There is no magic formula, and beware scans who "guarantee reviews." Just writing a compelling story is important. Quality cover art, and exposure to the public is what ultimately gets reviews. I have published 30 plus sci fi novels, and I focus on getting a good story out. Good luck to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    You've done the hard part (the writing); getting reviews is the easy part.

    - KDP Select.
    - Friends and Family.
    - Book Review Sites.
    - Ask for Reviews in Your Books.
    - Free Book Handouts.
    - Build Audience.
    - Standard IM Traffic Procedures.

    The tactic in bold has helped me the most.



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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    You should be part of this community


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  • Like evrywan says, you can pitch plenty people to say nice things aboutchya.

    Beyond that, simplest dealya got is makin' your bio & blurb sing the persuasive biz.

    Also ... invest in a cover don't look likeya produced it yourself on Photoshop.

    Ifya got sum decent reviews already, look carefully at what people are sayin' & loft summa those gold dust words & phrases into your bio.

    Also helps ifya book don't stink.

    Enda the day, it's your book content that fuels all reviews.

    Lightin' fuses is for blowin' stuff together.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Ralfs, another practice that works for me is networking.

    This is a huge contributing factor to sales conversions. I write textbooks, novels, and screenplays. In each niche and genre, you have well-known people in the industry (marketers, authors, filmmakers) whose thumbs-up, plastered on or near your book, can strongly sway the decision to buy.

    The practice is common in publishing. I'm reading an old Richard Laymon today, for instance, and on the front cover you have a quote from Stephen King: "If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat." A single sentence from a well-known person in your niche or genre can grab immediate attention and help push that mental Buy Button.

    How you go about it depends on the size of the industry and the accessibility of the players. In one of my niches, IM/ MMO, I simply call on my friends; some of whom I've known for around two decades. In other niches or genres, the trick is not to go after the kill, to make immediate contact and ask for a review, but to somewhat befriend them.

    The way I've achieved the latter is pretty simple, really. I grow accounts on social networks. I keep these accounts around 90% non-promotional and I push the humour factor. When I have a decent number of friends, I seek out the players and my friend requests are often reciprocated.

    You won't get major players adding you as friends, but in the genres I write in the players are not running with Spielberg and King, and they're often working online to promote their own products, so I get a fairly decent follow-back ratio. The trick is to somewhat befriend them in public. You begin by engaging their profiles and pages. That puts you on their radar. Once you're on the radar, tagging them and having a laugh with them publicly sometimes results in them engaging the tagged media.

    It's a long process. But during one such engagement, you can just throw in a brief request: "Any chance I could have a quote for the book?" You'll be surprised. (I know I often am.) You'll often get them asking for a copy and throwing you a quote. And the hard work is more than worth it when you land a big name.



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  • It really depends on what type of self publishing you are doing. If you are looking to build a brand around one author (maybe two) then you are going to have to follow what everyone is saying about.

    If you are going into self publishing because you ware looking to publish many books, with multiple pen names, then you this method wont work. The reason is it takes a lot of work promoting an author to build a brand around that name to get a following. When you have more then one or two pen names it becomes something you're not attached to and you wont end up putting in the work.

    Self publishers who choose this second method tend to use different methods. These methods are affective but tent to be looked down on by publishers who try and build a brand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kate Anderson
    Set up a giveaway on InstaFreebie and then share it within Facebook reader groups focusing on your genre. It's a really easy way to build a readers base quickly, build a list and an ARC group that will gladly post reviews for you. This is how I've always launched new pen names and my books get no less than 100+ reviews. It's also a great way to connect with beta readers who will read through your book for free.
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  • Profile picture of the author daniellesaidso
    I work for a new author and she gotten a few reviews from creating a twitter page, Facebook page, and an Instagram account. Since I have started working for her as a virtual assistant, I manage most of these accounts as well her Facebook advertising. Her name is Hannah Indigo and she has one book on the Kindle store. Although she does advertising for her book on all of the mentioned platforms, she is preparing for a press release. I hope this information helps and gives you some ides.

    When you get a chance, check out her book on the Kindle Store. Its called "Frequencies: Essential Oils: How Essential Oils Enhance Your Frequency and Attract Your Desires".
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  • Profile picture of the author SPF
    Use social media. Get on some self publisher sites were authors help each other. There are also Facebook groups that will allow you to leave your book when its on a promotion and the idea is that people will give reviews.

    It's a give and take.

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