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#1 Jinsune

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 08:29 AM

Okay so next year if all goes well I'll be publishing my novella but right now I'm trying to figure out how to get reviews. Aside from asking bloggers to read and review I'm also considering using Fiverr. I stumbled on it not too long ago but I'm a bit iffy as to where or not paying reviewers is a good idea. Thoughts anyone?

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 09:09 AM

I wouldn't use Fiverr for this; too unprofessional. Suggest you check out Bostick in Naples, FL. I've used them for four years to beef up my reviewes on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads. I think their review service is still under $100. They've been providing this kind of service for several decades. They require you to draft a "press release like" document that they distribute to their list of reviewers. Their website describes the service. The reviewers respond and request a review copy (stipulate in your PR that ebook formats only are available for review if you are unwilling to send hard copy). I assume you will be using Smashwords as your ebook distributor (free) except for Kindle... Sorry to run on. More about me: www.marshallchamberlain.com. Good hunting.


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 02:59 PM

Paying someone to review your book isn't legit. Paying someone to provide review copies of your book to people (for honest reviews) is legit.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 06:41 AM

I have seen this on Fiverr too and wondered if it was legit. Thanks for answering that question.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 09:42 AM

Fiverr? Nope not legit. Don't do it. Please do not do it.

 

They're good for some things like getting a logo made. But for other things I wouldn't trust them. I used them to get some traffic on a site. Yeah those 1,000 visitors were nothing but bots.

 

Also be very extra careful when looking for writers there. I thought I'd toss that last one in there for anyone who, like me, is looking to use Fiverr for writing services.



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Posted 15 May 2016 - 07:41 AM

Usually fiverr sellers deliver. The issue is that buying reviews us against mist sites policies.
If you bought reviews the reviews themselves would be fine but if amazon investigated reviewer later they might take down your review.
Fiverr is pretty hit or miss. I did work there and bought work there. Many sellers were like me. They loved what they did and delivered high quality products. In my case it was writing. But some sellers do overestimate their abilities and a small percentage are scammers.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:28 AM

Speaking of writers I'm looking to hire some. In the future. Not right now but later on. One writer offered her services as regular for my site for $100. Not bad ... if I had the money.



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Posted 20 June 2016 - 05:20 PM

I don't know if you considered this. But you can do a giveaway using goodreads you'll have a higher chance to get reviews. Or a few copies, encouraging them to tell you what they think. 



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Posted 22 June 2016 - 08:01 PM

If you're distributing on Amazon, don't use Fiverr to purchase reviews--there are several reasons. First, it is against Amazon terms and conditions and it is also unethical, in terms of gaming the system. And it really isn't worth it. If the reviews are flagged as fraudulent (which they probably will be at some point) they're going to be removed. On top of that, Amazon has been cracking down on authors that abuse the system, and it's possible they could suspend your account, which could be very bad news. If you have a marketing budget (you should), consider using NetGalley (there's a writer co-op through Patchwork Press) which will certainly get your book out to lots and lots of industry professional and book reviewers. Good luck.



#10 Andrea Lambert

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:11 PM

The traditional way of getting reviews, which indeed are great, is sending copy of your book or having your publishers send copies to editors, writers, and magazines where they or you have some sort of networking connection that would interest them in your book. Then your review is honest, free, and it sounds like more legitimate.

 

Fiverr is an interesting service but there is a lot of rather dubious stuff on there. There are a lot of ways to throw money at your writing if that's what you want to do.

 

You will get more nuanced and legitimate reviews if you send your book out to actual people that you know who have either mentored you or written something that your book is like and asking them to review it.


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LORAZEPAM & THE VALLEY OF SKIN: EXTRAPOLATIONS ON LOS ANGELES from valeveil: http://www.valeveil.se/posts/196
 

HAUNTING MUSES from Bedazzled Ink on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/194383752X

 

WRITING THE WALLS DOWN: A CONVERGENCE OF LGBTQ VOICES from Trans-Genre Press: http://trans-genre.n...the-walls-down/
 
THE L.A. TELEPHONE BOOK, VOL. 1 from ARRAS.NET: http://www.arras.net/?page_id=658

 

 





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