Friday, July 7, 2017

Free Books that Need Reviews

So I spent some time looking for books that have very few reviews on Amazon today. Originally my goal was books with less than 100 reviews; it quickly dropped down to 50 as I scrolled through all the free books available. Then 25, and finally 10. I bought several free books that definitely need more reviews, and each one I purchased for 0 dollars is a book I am interested in reading.

One of the things that surprised me in my search was the page upon page of what appeared to be sexually graphic, possibly pornographic, definitely erotica books that need reviews. Many books in this genre have no reviews at all. My basket was overflowing with too many other books, everything ranging from cookbooks to historical fiction, so I didn't end up adding any of these to my pile.

If you are a reviewer, this is a great way to help indie authors out. If you're simply looking for a few free books to pick up, and maybe help an author while you're at it by leaving a review when you finish the book, so much the better. Regardless,  this is a great way to score some free books and help an indie author simultaneously.

Best of the weekend to you. I will catch up with you again soon.

M. J.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Credible Reviews from Validated Purchases

There was a time not so long ago when Amazon cracked down on authors and book reviewers. At least a few authors contacted me because many of their reviews had been deleted. It made me sad for them, but there wasn't much I could do. Amazon prefers reviews by people who actually purchase their books. I'm guessing it likes them written when prompted at the end of the book, after someone has read it.

I couldn't tell you if any of my reviews posted on this blog, then teased on Amazon with a link to my full review were ever deleted. I can tell you my links to read the full review didn't work, so I was more or less wasting my time trying to get people to read my detailed, in depth reviews through Amazon.

This is yet another reason authors need to make their books available through their published sites. There's an authenticity to the review from a book that has been published and purchased there. So if you don't want to have a grand scale book give away, perhaps you might gift your book to your reviewers. This will validate their purchase, thereby making their review more credible.

Just thinking out loud on this one. We are all in this together.

M. J.

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Book Review Information

No pressure or anything.  The day started out simply enough as it usually does. I know my routine, creature of habit that I am. I also know what I need to get done, what I'd like to get done, what I hope I can find time to make happen,  and what I'd rather not do but will probably end up doing anyway. Add in a few of those unexpected things I never saw coming, and the day is all set!

Regarding Book Reviews

I receive at least half a dozen, usually many more, in my email every day.  As much as I'd like to help every indie author out, there is no way for me to do so. For a long time I would challenge myself to accept as many as I could, reading until I couldn't see the words on the pages anymore,  and too often to the point where every book turned to mush, much like when painting a picture and overloading the same area with different colors until everything turned into an awful brown mess on the canvas.

Those days are gone. Today I search for free books through various channels, determine if I want to add them to my reading apps and download them directly from the secure site that they were published on. I am on a couple of email lists that notify me of books they think I'd like too. Just this week I've downloaded several books from secure sites, and I'm looking forward to reading them all.

At least twice now, possibly more, I've run into problems from links for books within emails. Lesson learned, and I'm sorry to those who simply send their books requesting a fair and honest review, no malware to be found in your emails.  I know most of you fall into that category,  but it only takes one really good virus to damage my devices. I simply cannot take the chance.

If you do request  a review via email, please let me know where your book is so I can go to the site and decide if I want to add it to my library.  If you don't have it available for free, please provide a coupon code so I can purchase it for free that way. This is the best I can offer right now. Follow me on Amazon, Goodreads and Twitter to read my recent reviews. Feel free to share them and pass them around. I like knowing people read and appreciate my writing as much as the next guy.

Happy writing good people! May your words provide hope and inspiration to others.

M. J.

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