Book reviews on Amazon not only allow customers to make informed decisions, but play a vital role for authors in getting their books noticed by the AmBook reviews on Amazon not only allow customers to make informed decisions, but play a vital role for authors in getting their books noticed by the Amazon algorithms.
Authors who want to maximize their sales should spend a good amount of time trying to get a large number of good reviews.
In Get More Reviews So You Can Sell More Books, E.T. Barton lays out 20 tips to help authors do just that.
I liked that she was honest about all the reviews - noting some did skirt dangerously close to black hat tactics. She gave great tips on how to optimize profile pages and spelled out a unique review “giving” strategy that can lead to authors getting their book discovered and hopefully reviewed.
This book offers much more value than its low price tag and is short, to the point and worth a read by the beginner and veteran indie writer alike. ...more
Since I recently began my indie publishing journey I’ve read over 50 books related to writing, publishing and promoting self-published books.
Derek MuSince I recently began my indie publishing journey I’ve read over 50 books related to writing, publishing and promoting self-published books.
Derek Murphy’s Book Marketing is Dead belongs on the top of the heap when it comes to book promotion.
Leaving aside the all too common tactic of telling readers they can sell thousands of book monthly and write bestsellers in a month, a week or a day; Murphy guides indie authors on a realistic tour of what proper book promotion looks like.
He builds off the simple, but powerful advice that authors should, “Stop presenting and start connecting.” He fills the book with great resources – even his own email for those looking for feedback – and references other books, websites and tactics that any author will find invaluable.
I was particularly impressed with Murphy’s advice that stressed authors build a well-crafted platform before they attempt any kind of book promotion.
In a world of get rich quick schemes and the relentless drive for faster, faster, faster results, this counsel was as vital as unique.
If you are promoting a new book or want to find out how to improve your current efforts read this book. ...more
We all say we want to be happier, however, why exactly and how exactly are questions often left unanswered.
Manuel Kraus in the Science of Happiness atWe all say we want to be happier, however, why exactly and how exactly are questions often left unanswered.
Manuel Kraus in the Science of Happiness attempts to answer both questions in this short, information-packed book. Luckily for the engaged reader he does well on both fronts.
Formatted as a 30-day program that touches on vital concepts in the field of happiness research, Kraus lays out various exercises that readers can pick and choose from to increase their happiness quotient.
The chapter on self-compassion and how you would treat a friend was particularly powerful to me and something I’ll continue to think about for days, if not weeks to come.
Also, any book that introduces me to new information like the “Nun Study” – how a positive attitude can literally prolong your life - and his contention that habit formation can take up to 66 days and not 21 as commonly thought, is a hallmark of any good read.
The bonus content which included a curated selection of inspiring videos and a detailed reference list at the end of the book rounded out Kraus’ arguments and is something you don’t see in most quick reads these days.
Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone looking for specific tips on how to increase their happiness and enjoy the benefits that would bring. ...more
There is a chapter in Eeva Lancaster’s You’re Getting Married Soon…Now What? titled “The Practicalities of Married Life.”
It is the practicalities of mThere is a chapter in Eeva Lancaster’s You’re Getting Married Soon…Now What? titled “The Practicalities of Married Life.”
It is the practicalities of married life – conversations that may be uncomfortable, but must be had on topics like intimacy, starting a family and money – that the author explores so well in her short and extremely helpful book.
The first few months of a marriage are called the Honeymoon Period for a reason and any couple would be wise to read this book and heed the author’s advice to make this honeymoon period last years, not just months.
Communication is at the heart of any successful marriage and this book offers useful conversation starters that will benefit all marriages, both new and old. ...more
For those who haven’t heard of the personality trait Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) – and up until a couple of weeks ago I was in that group – Jamie WiFor those who haven’t heard of the personality trait Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) – and up until a couple of weeks ago I was in that group – Jamie Williamson has done us all a great service by writing Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child.
Through my nascent research into HSP I’m rapidly discovering more and more answers to why I react the way I do to certain situations. And as a new parent I have a new understanding of what the highly sensitive child goes through and feel more confident should my young son exhibit signs of high sensitivity as he gets older.
Mr. Williamson makes clear early on that he is not a psychologist or academic, but his passion for the topic and his clear desire to understand how to help highly sensitive children is to be commended.
This is a quick and valuable read and I look forward to following Mr. Williamson’s work in this area. I highly recommend this book to any parent who thinks their child may have a highly sensitive personality. ...more