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message 1: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Adair Who is reviewing eBooks professionally?

Some authors with the big NYC houses claim that those who are published only in eBook format won't get reviews from "professionals" like Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and thus the buzz won't get out about their eBook. Even though a few eBook authors have sold well, it's a legit argument. Those big reviewers do help spread the buzz.

If you know of professional eBook reviewers, please post their contact information. Thanks.

Suzanne Adair (www.suzanneadair.com)


message 2: by J. (new)

J. Guevara (jguevara) | 64 comments American Chronicle, and Readers Favorite are two; both reputable professionals.

But if you're pubbed in eBook, why not get pubbed in paperback?

j
www.jguevaranovels.com


message 3: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Adair J, thanks for the recommendations. My first 3 novels came out in paperback first, then (since I owned the digital rights) eBook format. I'm working on another series that isn't the sort of thing my current publisher would buy, so I'm looking into ePubbing it.


message 4: by Rowena (new)

Rowena (rowenacherry) | 334 comments Mod
Beware, though, of buying a good review. You should never pay for a review, apparently.

http://writersweekly.com/the_latest_f...


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm trying to collect links to web sites and blogs who do reviews, and especially those who review digital formats (usually acceptable in a .PDF format).

There's a few links already on my writer's/publishing blog page which may help: http://www.fenriswulf-books.co.uk

If anyone discovers any more, I'd love to know ;)


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Rowena wrote: "Beware, though, of buying a good review. You should never pay for a review, apparently.

http://writersweekly.com/the_latest_f..."


Good link, thanks for that. I've been spammed by such people wanting my money for reviews ever since I first published a book, and would never give any of them a penny (or even a cent)!


message 7: by Patricia (last edited Jan 27, 2011 05:46AM) (new)

Patricia Kirk Rowena wrote: "Beware, though, of buying a good review. You should never pay for a review, apparently.

http://writersweekly.com/the_latest_f..."
Some very big reviewers ask for pay. ForWord comes to mind. The catch is that they don't guarantee a good one. For me, a paid review lacks credibility. It has a desperate feel. If a book has anything going for it, there are gratis reviewers who want to review it. Midwest Book Review is a friend to small publishers. http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ James Cox does ask for stamps after the fact but it isn't required, which he emphasizes. He spends a lot of time every week at no charge.


message 8: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Thank you, Pat W. This was very helpful to me. I was not familiar with Midwest Book Review, and found it an excellent resource. Appreciate you taking the time to share the information!


message 9: by Susan (last edited Jan 25, 2011 11:03AM) (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments I've had quite a few reviews and haven't paid for one. If you go to my blog: http://lauracea.blogspot.com and then to the page entitled "Perfect Score Reviews" you'll find links for all my reviews, all of which I've asked for (I think only one came from my publisher's contact). In each case I approached the reviewer and asked! I'm very "in your face" on the web but am shy in real life and could never ask face to face or by phone :-)

BTW, doesn't midwestbookreview only take print copies?


message 10: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Kirk Susan wrote: "I've had quite a few reviews and haven't paid for one. If you go to my blog: http://lauracea.blogspot.com and then to the page entitled "Perfect Score Reviews" you'll find links for all my reviews,..." Yes. I think you are right. At this point I only offer paper books.

VALERIE: Midwest Book Review is close to my heart. He gets many books and to be reviewed by him means a lot.


message 11: by Susan (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments Hi Pat - sorry to push the point but do you know if he takes e-books for review?
Sue


message 12: by Patricia (last edited Jan 26, 2011 07:50AM) (new)

Patricia Kirk Susan wrote: "Hi Pat - sorry to push the point but do you know if he takes e-books for review?
Sue"
He requires two books and a cover letter I think so probably not. If you go to his home page he probably will say one way or another. He's got a whole novel :-) of information on there. He's been doing the reviews for years.If you are a small publisher and belong to IBPA you are a step ahead.

I just joined NetGalley and they send e-books to reviewers. Many of the reviewers say they only read the books on Kindle and other e-book readers. Whether you have to have a print book as well, I don't know but it's worth looking into.


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments Thank you Pat - I appreciate the reply. I'll check it all out.
Sue


message 14: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Thank you, Pat. We'll see what happens. If he does review it, I'll let you know, since you were my "source."


message 15: by Susan (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments Me too - we can but try.


message 16: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Susan -- I checked out your blog -- great job on the reviews! I'm due to be published next month, and this was helpful to me as well. So many helpful people at Goodreads! Thanks.


message 17: by Susan (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments Thank you Valerie - Good luck on your book.


message 18: by Tom (new)

Tom Wiseman | 7 comments I'm finding it difficult at best to come up with any reviewers that seem to be worth a darn that will read an eBook. They all basically say if you aren't published on paper, you aren't truly published.

Just one more obstacle for eBook authors to overcome I guess.

Tom
"Solid mysteries with a techno edge."


message 19: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Hi Tom, Sorry I'm of no help here. My first book went the the printer YESTERDAY (yeay, hooray!), and I have no experience with even paper reviews yet, except what I read about. There sure is much to learn, but seems there's a lot out there. Good luck to you, and if I come across anything useful on e-Book reviews, I'll post it here.


message 20: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Sorry, Tom, me again. I realized that you may not have seen this post, in which Susan provides some good advice. I've cut an pasted it here for you:
I've had quite a few reviews and haven't paid for one. If you go to my blog: http://lauracea.blogspot.com and then to the page entitled "Perfect Score Reviews" you'll find links for all my reviews, all of which I've asked for (I think only one came from my publisher's contact). In each case I approached the reviewer and asked! I'm very "in your face" on the web but am shy in real life and could never ask face to face or by phone :-)


message 21: by Tom (new)

Tom Wiseman | 7 comments Hi,
Actually I did see that post and went to the blog to check it out. The problem there is I don't see any contact information to be able to send in the manuscript or request a review, so I'm not sure what their process is.

Thanks though,
Tom
"Solid mysteries with a techno edge."


message 22: by Thomas (new)

Thomas (Merlyn74) | 2 comments Hello,

Check out Emlyn Chand on twitter and her blog. She and her team write free reviews. Yesterday, she did a "Twitterview" with me. I think that will bump my sales. http://emlynchand.com/ Click the "more" after the first few lines. Her format is terrific. Also read her toolkit for building a platform. She has some fine suggestions. Cheers!


message 23: by Tom (new)

Tom Wiseman | 7 comments I'll check it out Thomas. Thanks for the information.

Tom
"Solid mysteries with a techno edge."


message 24: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Thanks, Tom, I enjoyed her site and your Twitterview. Although I have an account, I confess I've not fully embraced the Twitter world yet. Your book looks interesting. Now I just have to get an e-reader. amazing I even have a computer. :)


message 25: by Susan (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments Tom - you went to my blog and saw the reviews? (http://lauracea.blogspot.com). Each review does have a contact - sometimes the link is in the logo of each review. Otherwise (such as Night Owls, which is the most recent), just Google Night Owls and you'll find the review site and then look for a button or tag that says "request review".


message 26: by Tom (new)

Tom Wiseman | 7 comments I just went back and looked on: http://lauracea.blogspot.com/p/perfec... and once again, do not see any graphic or text that says "request review".

Where on that page is it? I must be blind or an idiot. :)

Thanks,
Tom
"Solid mysteries with a techno edge."


message 27: by Susan (new)

Susan Roebuck (sueroe) | 7 comments Sorry Tom - it's probably me. I don't do reviews as such, I just suggested that people visit the tag on my blog that says, "Perfect Score Reviews" - and there is a list of all the reviews I've received for my book. You could use their contacts - follow the links (or Google their names). Here's the link to the page I'm talking about: http://lauracea.blogspot.com/p/perfec...


message 28: by Thomas (new)

Thomas (Merlyn74) | 2 comments Hi Valerie, I'm going to go by Thomas. There are so many Toms here.

I was skeptical, even stubbornly recalcitrant about Twitter. My publisher insisted. I now find it quite useful. I ignore the tweets about a person's headache, etc.

Download TweetDeck. Learn to use it (not hard) and get at least 100 followers-->join the Independent Author Network. Trust me, it will help.


message 29: by Valerie (new)

Valerie Ormond | 45 comments Thank you, Thomas -- love the "stubbornly recalcitrant" wording. But I'll "easily happily" take your advice. Thank you for taking the time to help a new person.


message 30: by Michael (new)

Michael Poeltl (mikepoeltl) Check out this helpful custom search for book bloggers:
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Mike
www.the-judas-syndrome.com


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