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As Mike Scott says above, publishers and editors solicit favorable quotes from popular authors of work broadly similar to the book at hand. But that's not where all those quotes on book covers come from. Some are simply quotes from things authors have said in other public venues, like in the course of a review. For instance, there's a quote from Stephen ...


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It's really good that you're looking for professional critique - that's a really helpful thing to have! However, a Kirkus book review might well be the wrong address. Kirkus Reviews A Kirkus review exists to help people find books they want to read, or to choose whether or not to buy a particular book. What you're looking for is a critique - feedback ...


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When you write a movie review, you are giving a recommendation to strangers. Were your best friend asking about whether he or she would like a particular movie, you could base your answer on your knowledge of his or her likes and dislikes. You can't do that when writing for a general audience. So the focus of a movie review is less "You'll love/hate this" ...


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Do not trust Kirkus Indie to provide a real review. I have had a very bad experience with them. I'll say it loud and clear: stay away! I assumed that a company of their repute would, surely, give a full read of the manuscript. I paid $575 for a review (express service). The resulting review was ridiculous - it made such gross mistakes describing the plot, ...


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Your list is pretty good, but it's missing something a bit fundamental. Most reviewers tend to think that they're trying to help someone make up their mind whether or not to buy a book based on the what they think of the book's contents. This is only half the equation. What a reviewer also needs to do is show that their opinion is worth a damn. Who ...


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You might not get the publicity you're looking for from these kinds of sites. Many don't have focus or the eyeballs that make giving away your product a good financial decision. Genre sites for genre books, are a good exception to that though. This article spells it out better and has some advice on getting some real reviews in real publications.


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LibraryThing is a good source for this. They have regular book giveaways where authors can specifically request a review in exchange of the book itself. This will work with a print copy or an e-book. With Goodreads, they only do giveaways with print copies. I have used LibraryThing with both of my fantasy novels and gotten some reviews as a result. The ...


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Once you publish something, it's out beyond your grasp. I strongly recommend against publishing a piece that you feel still has work to be done on. Self-publishing a novel that still needs editing is not a wise stepping stone to feedback and constructive criticism. First of all, as an unpolished book, it's unlikely to receive much attention; good ...


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An important consideration is that in the US, the FTC requires clear disclosure of paid reviews by bloggers. Both the advertiser and the blogger may be held liable if the blogger does not disclose that the review was paid. From ...


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As I see it, getting paid for reviews can be broken down into different scenarios: You work for someone that pays you to review other products i.e. you're being paid by a neutral party with no affiliation to the product itself. You are approached by someone with a vested interest in the product, and are either paid to review that product, or get given the ...


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Distinguish between a review and a critique. A review is meant for people who haven't read the book, and is largely intended to help them form their opinion of it; a critique is a discussion of the book which assumes the reader is familiar with the book (or, at least, is willing to read significant spoilers, because he's interested in the critique). If it's ...


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You are asking for opinion, and this, I believe, is offtopic on this site. But as long as your question stands, here is my opinion: In this time and age, grabbing money wherever you can, is the norm. Not taking money, when you can, is generally considered stupid. So you should. Everybody does. Fooling the customer is not unethical, otherwise advertising ...


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-The word count is not the most important thing. It is your blog, your review, your opinion. It is not a college assignment that it should have a word limit. -The best idea to write a review for an app or a game is to "develop it as it goes" like you mentioned. -The idea is to give your views about the app or the game. -A couple of things that readers ...


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My understanding, from what I have been told in my thesis work, is that the literature review should demonstrate that you have read everything that is critical to your work, understood it, and can explain why it is relevant. More practically, this means that you need to identify the core areas of your subject that relate to your thesis topic. They within ...


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I think the cheapest way is to publish your book via Amazon Direct Publishing. It cost literally zero (well, unless you hire someone to do the cover. In my case, I designed the cover myself). If people like your book (or end up hating it) you'll get some reviews. If you want detailed and quality reviews, I suggest Scribophile (a community for writers to ...


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Snappy headline. Compelling lead. Say what you liked. Say what you didn't like. Optional: a little analysis. Optional: compare some aspect of the film, actors, or director to something else in the genre or the person's body of work. Solid close. Write it as though you were addressing a good friend who wanted to see the film, either to recommend it or warn ...


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The author didn't put it up for free; the works were documented by the WikiSource Project after they came into the public domain (possibly from an earlier printed book). I don't think that's self-publishing. From Dictionary.com, the definition of a publisher is ‘a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, ...


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I have just been through the experience of having obtained a Kirkus Review. I paid for the expedited version. I feel violated. The review was worse than disappointing. The review gave an introductory somewhat inaccurate plot summary, and then added some comments that were so damaging that they would guarantee that no-one would want to read the book. The ...


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Kirkus Indie sounds like a good way to get publicity for your book, but here's how it actually works: Kirkus take $425 (or more) from the publisher/author, spends one hour skimming the text to select some problems (and only problems), then writes a terrible review which you will of course choose not to publish. Kirkus is into this for about less than $50 in ...


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Well, I think you've already used the word I would use in your question: concise. I would also perhaps split the overall sentence into two lines. A possible suggestion: A solution you can lift is published in W. Richard Stevens's superb and unparalleled book (read "bible"), Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, Second Edition. It is one ...


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In the financial world, it is common for a company to pay a credit rating agency to review their company's ability to repay debt (meaning their ability to repay bond holders) and make that review publicly available. http://www.cfr.org/financial-crises/credit-rating-controversy/p22328#p3


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You might consider creating an account at LibraryThing. They have an on going feature called Early Reviewers where someone can request an advance copy of a book in exchange for a review. You will be able to see a copy of the book cover along with a brief synopsis, so you can scroll through the pages and just request books that interest you. The books are ...


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Let me include the caveat that you get what you pay for. A review from a friend or a writing group member isn't going to be of same quality as a professional edit by a long shot. Writers Meetups can help you find a writing group in your area, as could Googling "writers club [your area]," as well as checking to see if there's a group at your local library or ...


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I have no direct experience in getting professional reviews, but I've been reading about the topic lately. Here's my understanding: Some major newspapers and magazines do book reviews; most have public submission guidelines. Typically, as described on this page for the New York Times, the submission is expected to be from a publisher a few months before the ...


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My standard response to a question like this is to go to Critique Circle and create an account. You will be able to find people who are looking for your particular genre who will read your manuscript and provide honest, constructive criticism. Most importantly, it's free! Another option is to try to develop a group of beta readers who are willing to take ...


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You're reviewing fiction, which I rarely touch. IMO, more subjective; in addition, I prefer to keep my tastes in recreational reading private. +1 here: someone I can identify with in terms of likes and dislikes Tell me why it is that you responded / reacted the way you did. "The book wasn't about the parrot in the title, but the dysfunctional family ...


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Okay, I really like your 1200-page doorstop comment. That's not boring, and it's evocative. Can you use that? This is a big book, but unlike 1200-page doorstops, this book justifies its length. It is the rare treasure that's clear, concise, and complete; its every page gives real, immediate value.


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I'm not an official journalist or professional reviewer, but I give great feedback and honest reviews. I've recently found out that I can receive a free book in exchange for a review. While I am an average person (new mom, non-celebrity), my professional background and large social network make me a great candidate for something like this. I am a business ...



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