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How Can I Get My Book Reviewed?

You may be wondering, “How can I get my book reviewed?” Different types of book reviews are available to help authors sell more books: unpaid traditional book reviews and paid online book reviews. Each has its own unique pros and cons. Both are effective tools for different reasons.

How Can I Get My Book Reviewed? [Unpaid Traditional Book Reviews]

Make sure to send out a few complimentary copies of your book to various relevant book reviewers in your area. This is a common custom among trade publishers that really should be adopted by self-publishing authors. Why? Because it is a great way to generate some extra publicity for your book.

The upside is that these reviews are free of charge in the sense that your only cost is the copy of your book and the postage to send it; however, the downside is that you’re not guaranteed a review after sending it. It’s at the discretion of the reviewer.

How can I get my book reviewed in Midwest Book Review?

Two types of unpaid traditional book reviews are available: one is the review that you send out ahead of time, known as an advance reading copy (ARC), to stir up interest in the book before publication; the other is a published review copy of the actual, final edited version of your book.

Advance Reading Copies (ARCs)

These unfinished review copies can be printed and mailed out as hard copy galleys or emailed as .PDF files. It is important to ensure they are stamped with the words “Advance Reading Copy (ARC)” on the front cover, and possibly also on every few pages of the interior, to ensure that the reviewer understands the copy is unedited so he or she takes that into account.

Published Review Copies

When sending a final published review copy to an editor, whether mailed as a hard copy or emailed as a .PDF, make sure to stamp “Review Copy” on the front cover of the book so it cannot be resold for profit. This also ensures that it will get to the right person at the newspaper or magazine to which you’re sending it for review.

How can I get my book reviewed in the Midwest Book Review Jim Cox Report?

A book review written by a respected reviewer within the literary community can do wonders to help boost book sales. It works in much the same way as other forms of publicity do. When shared via social media, a prize endorsement such as this can catch on as quickly as wildfire. It’s definitely worth the cost of a complimentary book or two.

How Can I Get My Book Reviewed? [Paid Online Book Reviews]

Paid online book reviews are a fantastic advertising tool for authors. They can aid you in your efforts to direct traffic to the storefront where your book is currently sold. As well, they can provide you with relevant content that can be shared via social media.

The upside to these types of reviews is that whereas you’re not guaranteed a review when you send a book to a traditional book reviewer, you are guaranteed a review when you pay for one from a non-traditional book reviewer. The downside is that you must pay for it.

Educational Resources for Authors

When completed by a reputable organization, these paid reviews are still unbiased reviews—which may be good or bad. Once the review is complete, you are given an opportunity to decline or approve it to be published online. If you decline it, you won’t get your money back; it simply won’t be shared publicly at your request. But if you approve it, it might be posted to that reviewer’s high-traffic website. Or, it could be posted to your book online.

A complimentary paid book review can boost your sales in much the same way a traditional review can. This can also improve your blog’s SEO. It is definitely worth the investment. To find links to the websites of various reviewers who may accept your book for review, click here and here and here.

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Get Book Reviews. Sell More Books.

Why would you want to get book reviews for each of your books? In today’s publishing world, it’s less about impressing readers and more about search engine optimization (SEO).

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Get Book Reviews. Sell More Books.

In a search engine’s eyes, if your books have more legitimate reviews than other authors’ books within the same genre, your social media sites have more followers, and each of your webpages (e.g., each individual post on your blog, each individual book on Amazon or Kobo, et cetera) have more click-throughs, then you must have more expertise and authority than other authors have. As a result, you’ll rank higher than they do. It’s all based on algorithms.

But expertise and authority are not enough. In fact, trust is an increasingly strong ranking factor for search engines like Google. Positive book reviews can help to build that sense of trust around your author brand.

Positive, legitimate book reviews such as these can also be used to increase the number of relevant backlinks to a particular webpage. This is worthy of a higher ranking in Google’s eyes, too.

What is a backlink? In a nutshell, backlinks are incoming links to a webpage. Relevant backlinks can increase the SEO of a webpage while also bringing it more quality traffic. What constitutes quality traffic? It is relevant visitors to your website—people who are looking for exactly the type of books and information that you offer. That’s what you really want.

Master Google to Master SEO

Why would you want to master Google, in particular? This search engine powers over 76% of all Internet searches according to this June 2019 NetMarketShare report. The same report shows China’s Baidu as second in line at almost 10%; so, that tells you the power of Google in helping you to sell more books.

All you need now is some guidance regarding how to optimize your search engine ranking on Google, for all your major keywords, so your desired readers can easily find you. You can find that here.

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Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors

Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors

Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors Book Reviews

“To be blunt, this is a fantastic resource for authors. … Staflund provides an accessible, engaging, and clear-cut series of steps to follow to increase sales. With a friendly tone and personal anecdotes, the book feels like a face-to-face coaching session that can be re-read at any time.” ~Pacific Book Review

“I’m something of an introvert myself so I was interested to see whether or not I would feel that I could be pushed beyond what I found tolerable, but I felt that if I was doing this I would be well within my comfort zone. … I came away believing that if I wanted to promote a book I would have a simple plan of action which I would be able to follow.” ~The Bookbag

“Both lighthearted and full of informative, practical advice, this guide to marketing for introverted authors is a gem.” ~ForeWord Reviews, Clarion Review

Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors is a ‘must-have’ for every author. Highly recommended.” ~Wisconsin Bookwatch (a division of MBR)

“…a critically important instructional reference — especially for reluctant, bashful, or introverted authors. … Informed, informative, and thoroughly ‘user friendly’ from beginning to end, ‘Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors’ should be considered a mandatory study for every novice author seeking to establish themselves in an economically supporting career. Indeed, it would not be amiss if every one of those aforementioned creative writing classes and workshops would add ‘Successful Selling Tips for Introverted Authors’ to their curriculum supplemental studies reading lists.” ~Midwest Book Review, Jim Cox Report

“If You Are An Introverted Author, This Is THE Book To Read To Promote Your Book. … None of these techniques involve hard selling in any way. And for people who love to write, but hate to sell, these techniques are a perfect match.” ~Claude Whitacre

Learn how to get your own book reviewed here.

Learn why book reviews are great for your blog site’s SEO.

SNEAK A PEEK INSIDE THIS BOOK HERE.

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How to Publish a Bestselling Book … and Sell it WORLDWIDE Based on Value, Not Price!

How to Publish a Bestselling Book

How to Publish a Bestselling Book Book Reviews

“All facets of writing, publishing, and marketing are covered in this book through the voice of a publisher and entrepreneur, which gives Staflund’s book more credibility and value than many other guides on the market today.” ~Penn Book Review
** Penn Book Review by Elizabeth Smith-Gardiner, an academic writer and Communications professor currently teaching at the Texas A&M University (2014), who endorses How to Publish a Bestselling Book as future publishing course material. **

“…Staflund gives good advice and it’s remarkably far-reaching, considering that it covers several countries … [A]n enlightening, helpful book which gives you an excellent introduction to the business of publishing.” ~The Bookbag

“As a veteran of the publishing industry, Staflund certainly is an authoritative voice and provides helpful guidance in her newest book, How to Publish a Bestselling Book … [A] must-read for any writer hoping to publish their next book.” ~Hollywood Book Reviews

“Staflund’s respect for the writers at the heart of the publishing process makes this a worthwhile addition to any aspiring author’s bookshelf.” ~ForeWord Reviews, Clarion Review

“[T]here is a wealth of information within these pages. … Staflund holds nothing back, and because of that, How to Publish a Bestselling Book has the feel of a roadmap. Just follow it, and it will easily take you where you want to go.” ~Pacific Book Review

“…exceptional, practical, detailed, comprehensive, and thoroughly ‘user friendly’ from beginning to end.” ~Midwest Book Review

Learn how to get your own book reviewed here.

Learn why book reviews are great for your blog site’s SEO.

SNEAK A PEEK INSIDE THIS BOOK HERE.

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How to Publish a Book in Canada … and Sell Enough Copies to Make a Profit!

How to Publish a Book in Canada

How to Publish a Book in Canada Book Reviews

​“Staflund’s stated goal is to give Canadian authors insight into what it takes to produce a salable book in Canada, get it into the hands of the desired demographic, and earn a healthy profit in the process. In this, she has succeeded admirably.” ~ForeWord Reviews, Clarion Review

“A good source for writers of all experience levels seeking to publish quality books in Canada.” ~Kirkus Reviews

“This book is a real, and I mean real, learning tool … You will know how to do what the title states when you finish Kim Staflund’s book.” ~Palmetto Review

How to Publish a Book in Canada is a very instructive book for any author—in and out of Canada. Though the book is specifically for Canadian authors, writers from any country will gain insight from this book.” ~Pacific Book Review

“Staflund’s personal stories, humor, and examples throughout makes this book entertaining as well as instructional . . . How to Publish a Book in Canada is a great investment for future publishers—both in Canada and outside of Canada.” ~Penn Book Review

“This is the first book I’ve read where the author has put in a tremendous amount of research into the book … All writers must have a copy at the side of their writing desks.” ~Inkspand

Learn how to get your own book reviewed here.

Learn why book reviews are great for your blog site’s SEO.

SNEAK A PEEK INSIDE THIS BOOK HERE.

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