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10-29-2004, 02:20 AM
Has anyone ever heard of, or paid for, services from BookAnnouncements.com? They are a company that helps authors with publicity and promotion. I'd like to hear from anyone who has used them. Thanks.
05-11-2005, 10:29 PM
I received an email from www.getbookreviews.com. requesting a copy of my book, and it isn't even out yet. Does anybody know if this is a reputable reviewer?
05-12-2005, 04:13 AM
Hi. I checked out that link you provided and found this in the "About Us" section:
GetBookReviews.com is not a new website, however, we have just changed our format to help more authors and publishers obtain quality book reviews from media in various outlets. We are even doing reviews ourselves now. We are very professional and are dedicated to helping our clients obtain more exposure both online and off.
I don't know anything about them, but maybe Writer Beware does. Check with Ann or Victoria. One thing that strikes me is that they appear to be selling services in addition to providing reviews. But they do not state who they are or what professional background they have.
07-08-2005, 09:49 PM
I received an email from www.getbookreviews.com (http://www.getbookreviews.com/). requesting a copy of my book, and it isn't even out yet. Does anybody know if this is a reputable reviewer?
I never do business with organizations that advertise their services via unsolicited email.
I got the following spam (below) today from these guys.
I looked up their domain, but it was registered anonymously. So I looked up the address listed in the spam, and I found the following websites affiliated with them:
I'm sure Oprah is thrilled.
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09-12-2006, 09:27 PM
Gah. You really attract the good ones, don't ya, Nav? ;)
I'll dare presume the viewing audience knows better than to do business with spammers, and understands why a "PR program" like this is a waste of time and money.
James D. Macdonald
09-13-2006, 12:34 AM
My publishers already know the addresses of the real reviewers and important media contacts, and they send materials/review copies to them automatically, without my lifting a finger or paying a dime.
If your publisher isn't doing the same ... get a better publisher.
This deal sounds very much like our friends at Airleaf (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=964).
11-04-2006, 12:34 AM
More spam. This came in this morning, and appears to be targeted to my public "author" email address, rather than being a general spew.
It's another one of these "we'll do your promotional spamming for you, for only X dollars!" outfits. Note that one of the things you're buying is fake reviews. It's the same outfit already mentioned under the name BookStorePromotion.com in this thread:
and in the PublishAmerica threads, but I don't see it in Bewares and Background Checks under this specific name.
For the benefit of anyone coming in from Google -- this is a Bad Idea. See the above thread for why.
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06-06-2008, 11:39 PM
Bookstorepromotion.com and onlinebooktour.net are gone. BookAnnouncements and GetBookReviews remain.
07-25-2010, 07:33 AM
BookAnnouncements is gone. GetBooksReviews ... well, you can now list your book as "available for review" for only $25 for 6 months, the "press release" package is now $199, and the Rapid Review Service is up to $150.
10-13-2013, 11:32 PM
Now that the first three books of my series are done, I'm switching to full-time marketing mode (at least until I can't stand it any longer and have to return to writing). Question: I received some mail from 'bookstorebuzz.net' that promises to send flyers to a scad of bookstores. Is this money well-spent? What kind of ROI can I see on this approach? Are there other methods that are more or less effective?
10-14-2013, 12:18 AM
I'm guessing you'd get the same ROI as if you took your cash and flushed it directly down the toilet.
I have no experience with this outfit, but the sample mailing posted on its website does not inspire confidence. It's poorly designed and rife with lousy blurbs and grammatical errors.
I'd also note that the Why Use Us page is lacking one key piece of information - just what authors will get out of it. They say:
Our marketing staff has been working in the book promotion industry for over ten years.
Our contacts are updated monthly to ensure your marketing efforts reach the maximum number of quality bookstores and reviewers.
We work hard for each author to make sure their book is promoted well to bookstores, reviewers, and the media.
Missing is any sort of information on sales or store placements - I'm guessing because there aren't many.
10-14-2013, 12:21 AM
Thanks for your insight. Do you have suggestions for better ways to use direct marketing?
10-14-2013, 12:35 AM
Depending on your goals and resources, there are plenty of ideas in the Book Promotion room. Read the sticky first!
10-14-2013, 12:45 AM
Thanks for the tip. Just learning the forum. ;)
10-14-2013, 07:09 AM
I have no experience with this outfit, but the sample mailing posted on its website does not inspire confidence. It's poorly designed and rife with lousy blurbs and grammatical errors.Grammatical errors might not matter that much if bookstores were staffed with the same people that work at Walmart. But, in general bookstores are staffed by booklovers who are voracious readers (not every single bookseller, just most :D). Grammatical errors would almost certainly result in a quick delegation to the trash can.
10-14-2013, 07:30 AM
Grammatical errors aside, why would a bookstore care about a mass-mailing flyer from a third-party? If it's not from the publisher or the author (who have an obvious interest in pushing the book) it's a paid-for piece of junk mail.:Shrug:
10-14-2013, 11:10 AM
There's a lot more to selling to bookshops than sending them mailshots.
If you're going to send a mailshot out to bookshops to get them to stock your book, you need to send a copy of your book out with the letter so the bookshop buyers can see what they're getting.
This doesn't have to be a finished copy: publishers usually send out ARCs, which will have a warning on them that they're uncorrected proofs.
You also have to make sure the bookshop can easily buy the book if they want to. Bookshops would prefer that you have an account with a good distributor (and distributors are very selective, so this is not easy), sell the book at a good discount (50% or more), and make it returnable too.
So even if this service sent out well-written letters to appropriate places, unless you can afford to provide books for them to send out wiht those letters and unless that sales service is in place too, you're not likely to benefit much from it.
10-14-2013, 07:15 PM
Adding link: http://bookstorebuzz.net/
And to parent: http://www.bookbuzz.net/
08-18-2014, 08:03 AM
Book Store Buzz down to a holding page, but it was redundant to the main site anyway.
08-23-2014, 09:58 PM
GetBookReviews is now Book Review Buzz: http://bookreviewbuzz.com/
11-30-2016, 12:07 AM
A belated link to Writer Beware re: this swarm: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2012/01/bookstoremarketingnet-beware-spam-pr.html
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