Amazon, Reviews, Video
Oh boy. Do these reviewers thank Penny for outing them/how to find their email addresses or what!
I am a pretty highly rated reviewer on Amazon (not top fifty or even top 100, but not bad) under a different (i.e. my real) name, and I have to say that if somebody started sending me requests for reviews after something like this hit the web, I would start giving out a lot of one-star reviews. That would probably solve both problems.
Exactly and you should be very annoyed, Marc. These irresponsible behaviors spoil the situation for everyone.
Wow, talk about an overreaction. There’s nothing irresponsible about it. Amazon.com maintains the top reviewers list, and it’s not as if it’s been a well-kept secret until Sansivieri’s tip. If you don’t want anyone to contact you, don’t include your email address in your profile. If you list it, you should hardly be surprised if you receive the occasional email. Furthermore, I don’t think there’s anything so terrible about an author offering you a copy of their book in exchange for a review, as long as their approach is courteous and brief.
I agree with you. Unfortunately, it’s not one or a few or a bunch, there are about thousands of writers wanting reviews at the moment. Think what your inbox would be like if you were one of the reviewers. Sure, they can delete their email addresses. I just know that after the last month of contacting book bloggers/reviewers the majority of them don’t want anything to do with self-published authors.
It’s not fair, I admit, to hold the review requesters accountable for the actions of agglutinators like this person. No argument. And a request might come along after somebody posted something like this from a person who hadn’t even SEEN the posting.
But life isn’t fair, and my reaction is my reaction. If I get a blizzard of review requests and I find out it’s because somebody else is trying to capitalize on my status as a highly-ranked reviewer by trading on it, my reaction will not be positive.
It looks to me like what she’s done is taken a long search for a needle in a haystack (clicking on every top XXX reviewer’s profile to see if they might be a good fit and have contact information) and showed how to make it quicker, although still not all that fast. I’m among the top 500 reviewers and spent some time in the top 100. If someone doesn’t want pitches like this why would they have their email address in their profile? Isn’t that the point of having it there? (I don’t have my email listed, but do have my website where someone can find the email as well as my submission policy.)
I can see where a list might cause an inundation of review pleas for some of these folks but isn’t this part of the internet culture of providing data? If an individual posts contact information, presumably he or she wants to be contacted. Granted, some of the reviewers might get a bit testy with a sudden deluge but it’s not that difficult to filter the emails or throw up a disclaimer on a web site that, due to work load, new submissions for review are not being accepted, restrict the genres that will be considered, or, as in the case of Big Al, make it very clear that submission does not mean that the book will ever be reviewed.
The self-publishing world is still evolving and it really is difficult for many new or lesser known authors to get their works reviewed. So many review sites won’t even consider self publishers. I rely on my reader reviews but, I would certainly be very happy to take a look at a list that provided reviewers’ contact information. Some of the writer sites already have such compilations so I’m not sure how this is that different?
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I’ll put this tip right in the file with the one that sends me to the website that tallies all of the top Amazon reviewers’ book reviews.
Wait, what? There isn’t one?
Well, it’s still not exactly ‘easy’, is it?
Somewhere on the interwebz is a free listing of the name, email, website addresses and reviewing preferences of all the Top 10,000 reviewers who have made their email address or website address in their profile.
She’s also missed the fact that the Top 1000 get a lot of requests, and many authors would be better off targetting lower-ranked reviewers who specialise in their genre.
IIRC, her last Amazon tip was making sure you had your books categorised correctly, because that helps sales. Duh.
Do people really care what Harriet Klausner thinks?
Or even any of the top reviewers?
Seemed like good information to me. I assume Amazon reviewers don’t put their email addresses in their profiles if they don’t want to receive pitches and free books.
Seems like the only reason to do this is because top reviewers like to do reviews, and thus are more likely to respond to a request. Like Iola said, I’d rather target people trying to break into the top 100. They’d be more likely to give you a good review too, I’d think,
“If you can appeal to a top reviewer, I think that’s a really great thing.” Why?
I think the benefit of being reviewed by a top reviewer is that readers are more likely to accept that review as valid. That is, it’s not a shill review written by a friend or family member.
Ugh. Oy. So much work. I just spent two weeks hitting up about, let’s see… 200 YA book bloggers, looking for a review. Got a about a five percent response rate, so far. I can’t even think of doing THIS. Not for a while, at least. Better off writing at the moment.
Oh, and more than half of them were explicit that they would not take self-pubbed books, or even small press. I can’t say I blame them. They’ve just been sprayed with a fire hose of books in the last year.
The reviewers list is not a secret at all. And most of the reviewers that list their emails are very polite if you approach them as a professional – at least that’s been my experience so far. I’ve managed to get one top 500 reviewer – it was only three star, but she did give me a great pull quote that I’ll be able to use.
I agree that the top 100 and 500 reviewers are used to people contacting them and anticipate getting review requests.
Now targeting lower ranked reviewers is a mixed bag. I used to write a lot of reviews under my real name and a lot were under a specific genre of non-fiction or romance novels.
I periodically get emails from strangers asking me to review their book. How many have I reviewed or requested based on these emails? Zero. I just don’t have the time or energy to read books by request.
I’ve had a profile for many years and didn’t even realize until today that my email was visible in the profile. I am not sure if it was added in by default or if I’d put it there 8 or 9 years ago and forgot about it. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
So I think the majority of requests get ignored unless it is very obvious from the person’s profile that they accept reviews or are a highly ranked reviewer. And if they are a top reviewer, they must get tons of emails each week, so the competition for a review is stiff.
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