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Offline wannabe1

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review exchange
« on: December 24, 2014, 01:11:34 PM »
There have been many discussions about the ethics of authors posting reviews of each other’s books. On a few websites offering reviews by independent reviewers, most claim they won’t post a review on places like Amazon of less than 4 stars. I imagine what they mean to say is if they feel they can’t give a review of 4 or 5, they simply won’t post a review. This position seems like a fair option. So –

I’ve just self-published my science fiction story, The Yesterday Tree, on Amazon. Like everyone else, I believe that having some good 4-5 star reviews will help sales. I am, therefore, seeking authors willing to swap reviews based on the above 4-5 star or nothing position. I also enjoy reading action/adventure and ‘spy’ novels.

If anyone is interested, please send me a PM with information, email and preferred format.

I would also like to hear how others feel about review swaps.

Below is my current book 'blurb' -

Do you believe time travel is possible? What about extraterrestrials? Or both?

Computer specialist Joe Rebman joins a team to investigate what might be man’s first contact with extraterrestrials. The alien nature of the craft, discovered at a remote location in the Arizona desert, raises concern for national security. This prompts the Pentagon to add Colonel Warren Anderson to the team. A group of college students on a field trip is discovered near the landing site. But they are not really students. They are time travelers from five-hundred years in the future with a mission to instigate the development of a worldwide genealogical database. 26th century doctors will use the data to track down and cure people with genetic mutations, saving millions from certain death.

Is this an advance party of an alien invasion or time travelers on a lifesaving mission? Joe and the Colonel battle about which scenario is true. Joe believes he must help the 'students' save future humankind from genealogical doom. Colonel Anderson doesn't buy the story and wants to focus on the present. Who is right?

THE YESTERDAY TREE asks fundamental questions about how we might respond to extra-terrestrial contact and confronts the possibility of time travel.

The Alkano Letter - The Carthage Connection - Carved In Stone

Amazon - softcover & Kindle
Barnes & Noble - Nook
Smashwords - various formats

gckatz

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Re: review exchange
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2014, 03:49:56 PM »
That...sounds unethical as hell to me.

farseer

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Re: review exchange
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2015, 05:13:55 PM »
I’ve just self-published my science fiction story, The Yesterday Tree, on Amazon. Like everyone else, I believe that having some good 4-5 star reviews will help sales. I am, therefore, seeking authors willing to swap reviews based on the above 4-5 star or nothing position. I also enjoy reading action/adventure and ‘spy’ novels.

Bad BAD idea.

Quite apart from it being unethical, readers are more canny due to rampant review swaps & purchase scams. A "non-verified purchase" 4/5 star review that says little is a huge red flag and they are ignored. Plus if it is sniffed out of Goodreads you'll be blacklisted by readers (added to BBA lists).

Reviews don't sell books, sales sell your book. You would be better off investing your time in a strategic marketing/advertising campaign. Given you book is a new release I assume you have a campaign in place to take advantage of the Hot New Releases lists for added visibility? The better your book's ranking at Amazon the harder its algorithms work for you (like the also boughts) and the more visibility you will have. This will then results in more sales. Reviews are only taken into account for the Top Rates lists. If you really want genuine reviews then I would suggest seeking out book bloggers who review your genre - did you set up a review tour to coincide with the new release? Although many of the bigger blogs will no longer take SPAs due to them expecting 4/5 star reviews and harassing reviewers who don't comply.
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