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PW Select Book Listing: Another tremendous waste of money | Michel Sauret – Award-Winning Army Journalist | Independent Author

“One of my goals on this blog is to share my self-publishing mistakes so you don’t repeat them yourself. I’ve already discussed the importance of spending your money wisely with my artic…”

Great opening paragraph to a good post by Michel Sauret (no I didn’t spell his first name incorrectly – what parent does that to a kid!) about Publishers Weekly paid reviews. Check it out (and his Kirkus article)! I’d think long and hard before I spent money on a review for all the reasons Michel says in his Kirkus posts. I’d rather spend my money on facebooks ads or on travel to actual bookstore, libraries, book events… I think my marketing dollars are better spent getting more Average-Joe/Jane reviews. I haven’t cracked the library barrier (other than person to person), but I’m not sure getting a paid review from say Kirkus or Blue Ink will get me looked at anyway. Obviously PW Select is not the way to go, either!

You can get a free review from Library Journal and Foreward Review (a new co. in the review business) if you plan ahead – get them the galley or book 2-3 months ahead of your publishing date. I wish I could make myself do this, but I have not been able to hold onto a finished book for that long. I’ll have to try it sometime, but it’s a lot to ask when a review from one of these places might not even get noticed. It is a risk you take.

Library Journal will also review already published books, but it would only be if one of their online magazine folds wants to read it and post a review. I sent my Agnes Kelly MG mystery adventure (Intrigue in Istanbul) to one such reviewer and never heard back. It cost me the printing cost of the book and shipping, so I wasn’t out much. If you go to their site and read their submission policy, you’ll be directed to how this works.

Michel said it cost $50 for a Midwest Book Review. Midwest Book Review didn’t used to charge for reviews. That’s new to me. I’ve had a few of my books reviewed by them (before they charged for it) and I’m not sure how much the reviews helped, though $50 is not too much to charge, in my book.

I’d love to hear other author’s insights or experiences. How do you get your reviews?

Source: PW Select Book Listing: Another tremendous waste of money | Michel Sauret – Award-Winning Army Journalist | Independent Author

How to Sell Books to Libraries

Keep in mind –

This is a post from Ingram Spark and Lauren Charles. I’m not sure it gives you much insight into getting into libraries other than trying to get reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.

I haven’t checked these folks out lately but it used to be fairly costly to get a review from Kirkus. And Library Journal, which doesn’t charge for reviews, required you to send them a book three months before you were going to publish it. What indie author is going to wait three months to publish their book to the public to wait on the Library Journal maybe doing a review. I have not checked out Publishers Weekly review requirements, but I probably should. Kirkus and LJ rules may have also changed since indie authors are getting to be more main stream then they used to be.

Anyone out there have any updated information on getting reviews from the folks as an indie author?

How to Sell Books to Libraries – Bookarma Blog.