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The first review is one that I have just posted to Amazon and Goodreads for Jason B. Ladd’s new book published on 7th June. A non-fiction guide to substantially increasing book reviews, Book Review Banzai – The unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews
About the book
Indie author and book review expert Jason B. Ladd reveals the secret to scoring book reviews on Amazon as an unknown author.Using a strategic mix of automation and personalization, Book Review Banzai is helping authors get the reviews they so desperately need in today’s crowded publishing market-place.This high integrity system is a laser-focused approach that teaches authors not only how to effectively get book reviews on Amazon, but how to get them in quantities that matter.Using a combination of free web tools and effective marketing tactics, this 5-step technique saves authors time and frustration by walking them through a process that begins with a Google Search and ends with an Amazon ebook page full of reviews.If you’re publishing a book on Amazon, you must learn how to market your book. Specifically, you must learn how to get book reviews on Amazon.If you’re serious about getting your published work into the hands of reviewers and readers, if you want to finally book that BookBub slot, if you’re ready to unlock your book’s full potential, then you need this concise, competent guide on how to get book reviews on Amazon
My review of the book on June 14th and I rated it 4 Stars.
I was asked to read this book pre-publication by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviews are marketing tools that are necessary if your books are to sell and extend their shelf life beyond a few weeks. As an Indie author I am well aware of the challenges that we all face in a competitive market place without a substantial budget. There was barely any Internet book marketing when I started 18 years ago with my first book; but thankfully today there is as much opportunity for exposure as any mainstream author, and it does not have to cost you any money, just time.
There are two factors about this book which I feel are important to comment on. The first is the identification that time and effort spent on marketing your book is key. Also within that is the necessity to persevere with the focus on the book for an extended period of time not just for the few weeks pre and post publication. In the book Jason Ladd shares the various strategies you can employ to keep your book in the spotlight as long as possible, and across as wide an audience as possible.
This leads me onto the second factor that I feel should be highlighted. There are some technical aspects to these strategies that not all of us are going to be entirely comfortable with. However, if you as an Indie author have completed the self-publishing processes that have enabled you to upload your book to Amazon in the first place, you should not find installing and utilising the suggested applications a problem. For those of you who are not as technically inclined, then you can still apply most of the suggested marketing programmes manually, by spending additional time and effort on the process.
The main concept of the book is identifying and contacting book reviewers for your particular genre in substantial numbers. Without, I might add, spamming or contravening the various website’s code of ethics. Jason Ladd walks you through how to accomplish this in detail.
If you feel that the book itself has not given you sufficient confidence to tackle the project of obtaining substantial reviews for your book, you can sign up for an E-course that will take you through it step by step.
It is a short read at 50 pages, but I do think that every Indie author will take away something positive that they can apply to their own book marketing. The main one being that a shotgun approach to marketing is not effective and that it needs to be a well-planned and genre focused extended process.
Personally having read the book, I will be starting my mailing list for book reviewers for the genres my books fall into and will apply the strategies for my next book. At the end of the day it will only cost me time and effort and might yield far greater rewards than I have so far encountered.
Also by Jason B. Ladd
We all have “life questions” and seek a path to follow. In One of the Few, author Jason B. Ladd documents his journey to finding the path his life should take. Throughout the book, Ladd uses his military experience to connect with the experience of soul searching. During this journey, Ladd takes a look at many issues we encounter (marriage, sex, alcohol, pornography) and compares the stances taken by many different believe systems.
Although I found the format hard to follow sometimes, I still appreciated the author’s honest look at these issues through the eyes of these belief systems. Ladd understands that truth seekers need knowledge about the many belief systems in the world, and he spoke of them accurately and professionally. I recommend this book for those who are seeking truth in their own lives, for those who are wanting to lead and guide others to find the righteous path, and for those who want a better understanding of why many are called and few are chosen.
I was given a free copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review.
Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Jason-B.-Ladd/e/B016Z1BVXM
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The next review is for the latest book This Parody of Death (The Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mysteries Book 3) by William Savage who incidentally is my guest on the Book Reading at the Cafe this Saturday. This review is by Noelle Granger on behalf of the Rosie Amber Review Team: https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-this-parody-of-death-by-william-savage-penandpension-histfic/
Ashmole Foxe, bookseller and man about town, moves through Georgian Norwich with the ease of a native and the cunning of a born hunter. So when a bellringer is found with his throat cut, who better to find the killer? Yet Foxe soon scents more than murder. Complications come thick and fast. A family torn apart. A group committed to a secret heresy. A son who betrayed his father. And a woman determined to protect her life’s greatest passion — even if that costs one life or more.
Fighting through a tangle of lies and deceit going back decades will push Foxe to the limit. By the end, no one will escape unscathed.
Noelle Granger’s Review for the Rosie Amber Review Team.
This is the third book in the Ashmole Foxe series, about a Georgian dandy, bookseller, and occasional unofficial investigator. I reviewed both of the previous books and like this character. Of the three, this book is my favorite.
Ashmole Foxe, a man about town and known for his foppish ways, moves easily through Georgian Norwich because of his ownership of a popular bookstore. He has also developed something of a nose for investigation. When a miserly, curmudgeonly undertaker and bell ringer is found with his throat cut, Foxe is sought out by the local grocer, Foxe’s friend Captain Brock, and Alderman Halloran to find the killer. There are more tracks to follow in the investigation than a dog has fleas: a group committed to a secret heresy, a son who betrayed his father, a house with deep and deadly secrets, a woman determined to protect the great passion of her life, a daughter scorned, and a group of bell ringers with axes to grind. Foxe has to unwind a web of lies, false leads, and decades-old deceits to find the killer.
There were no giveaway hints in this book, and I was kept guessing almost to the end. The characters are wonderfully individual, from the urchin whom Foxe befriended, with his own army of street minions, the widow who runs his store, to the seafaring Captain Brock, who may soon be landlocked by a woman. The Georgian world created by the author is authentic to minuscule details, and the reader is immediately immersed in its colorful activity. What I liked most about This Parody of Death was the growth of Foxe. He engages in serious self-examination about the nature of his life, his over-the-top fashion, and possible goals for the future. This character is truly three dimensional and real.
There are a few drawbacks I have noted before: some repetition, over-long discussions between characters and Foxe’s lengthy considerations. However, these are minor compared to the enjoyment of this read. Who knew I would learn about the mathematical patterns of the change-ringing of church bells?
I recommend this book as a great read, as are all of William Savage’s books.
Read the other reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XDNY81B/
Also by William Savage
One of the reviews for Dark Threads of Vengeance Book Two of the series
I have a picture in my mind of Mr Ashmole Foxe: a cross between Percy Blakeney (Scarlet Pimpernel) and Sidney Chambers (Grantchester) – an inquisitive dandy, also a bit of a libertine, but with a strong moral sense. Joseph Morrow, a thoroughly unpleasant Norwich merchant, has been murdered and Foxe is dragooned into finding the murderer. Through many red herrings, wrong turns and with the help of streetwise children, not to mention the redoubtable Mrs Crombie, he eventually solves the conundrum which turned out to be rather nasty in its unfolding.
He is still smarting from the departure to the delights of the London scene of his two inamoratas, the Catt sisters, but being Foxe he soon finds comfort elsewhere – no spoilers from me.
Altogether a delightful read and I look forward to Foxe’s next adventure. Well done Mr Savage. How refreshing to have the tale based in Norwich – a great city.
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.co.uk/William-Savage/e/B00RZBGQ0K
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