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Writer 101 [Public] / Re: Are Review Pools Safe?
« Last post by DmGuay on June 29, 2022, 10:10:10 PM »
Steer clear.

I do need to ask you this--so that you can ask yourself:
Why is this tempting? Why is this appealing? Why would you want to do this? What is your goal?

I see a lot of writers doing a lot of crazy/ expensive/ time consuming things hoping it will get them reviews. Some still believe the myth that if you get to 50 reviews, Amazon will start promoting your book. This is not true.
Some think a lack of reviews is why their book isn't selling. That is also probably not true.

If you want reviews, focus on getting sales. Sales lead to reviews. REAL reviews. So sell more books and you will get more reviews. It doesn't work the other way!
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I deleted my post because after doing some more research, I have come to the conclusion that the service I mentioned is not worth the cost they charge.
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Writer 101 [Public] / Re: Authors still ask if they should pay for reviews
« Last post by LilyBLily on June 25, 2022, 12:39:35 PM »
So far as I know, Kirkus reviews or any of the paid review services, they don't post their reviews on Amazon. There's nothing that Amazon can do beyond it's boundaries. You can pay for anything you want so long as it isn't posted to Amazon.

However, as far as I know you can pay for a review from PW Booklife or Kirkus and then use those as "editorial reviews." Although how many people look that far down the page?
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Writer 101 [Public] / Re: Authors still ask if they should pay for reviews
« Last post by Cephus on June 25, 2022, 12:02:14 PM »
Sp far as I know, Kirkus reviews or any of the paid review services, they don't post their reviews on Amazon. There's nothing that Amazon can do beyond it's boundaries. You can pay for anything you want so long as it isn't posted to Amazon.
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Writer 101 [Public] / Re: Are Review Pools Safe?
« Last post by Cephus on June 25, 2022, 12:00:12 PM »
It's a violation of Amazon's TOS. You can't pay for reviews or do anything in exchange for reviews. You can provide free copies to people who CAN provide reviews if they wish, but you cannot require it. Amazon wants honest reviews from actual readers, not people just saying nice things about each other for a buck.
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Writer 101 [Public] / Are Review Pools Safe?
« Last post by Cabbages and kings on June 25, 2022, 11:17:38 AM »

So I found this video:



He actually never says if it's safe to use the review pool.

So the review pool mentioned in a paid service and you have to give reviews in order to get a review from the pool of reviewers, and it's a little different from review swapping in that if you review a book, then the author of the book you reviewed can't see any of your books and so can't review them. Hence, review swapping is technically avoided.

Is that safe or could you get in trouble with Amazon?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: What affiliate links do you use?
« Last post by alhawke on June 24, 2022, 06:53:20 AM »
I use Bookbub ads regularly to promote my books. Does anyone know if affiliates are allowed?

I read an article mentioning a rule that you can't send a link to grow your newsletter. But that's it as far as BB link rules are concerned. Is it okay to use affiliate links advertising Amazon? Do any of you do it?
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: What affiliate links do you use?
« Last post by alhawke on June 19, 2022, 01:00:51 AM »
I'm giving it a try. It was easy to set up.

I did hook it into D2D but I changed the setting on every book I have a landing page for with Bookfunnel, cause now I have to remember to not advertise the affiliate link with Zon when joining book fairs with other authors. That'd count as a violation through email.

I haven't looked into affiliates yet with other retailers. The thing is, don't know if I'll bother. It makes sense to me that I could earn on Amazon as its so huge. The others are book retailers only. Still thinking bout it.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Anyone heard of Dango Books?
« Last post by Gerri Attrick on June 18, 2022, 06:31:10 PM »
Thanks.

They may be worth a try - they're offering a promotion at no charge - so I'll try and contact them again.
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Marketing Loft [Public] / Re: Ah... Hoopla Again
« Last post by Maggie Ann on June 18, 2022, 03:40:25 AM »
I have twelve books in a series on Hoopla but I noticed something was wrong with one of them. I updated it and Hoopla deleted it. I checked with D2D and they checked with Hoopla. No luck. Hoopla wouldn't even consider reinstating the book and don't contact them about it again.

For the pitiful amount of royalties I get from them, there's so sense worrying about it.

Some of my books still have the "delay" message on them after how many years? Not going to worry about that either.
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