How Meta: A Micro-Review of Alex Foster’s “Book Reviews”

Review by Curtis Cole

                In the practice of full disclosure, I misread the title of this book and led myself to believe that it was a book on how to review literature, not on how to get reviews. Big difference.

This is fine, though, because the idea behind Alex Foster’s short pamphlet is that writers need to be proactive, disciplined, and mature when advertising their work and soliciting reviews. In short, he goes through the various methods which Indie authors—on Amazon but other sites as well—should employ when promoting their work. He lists some handy websites to advertise one’s works on, how the Terms of Service (TOS) operate, and why it is always worth following the law when soliciting reviews, along with the basics of handling bad reviews. With every step concretely explained and logically argued, Foster’s self-help tips are essential for any newbie reviewer.

If I had to choose something to complain about, it would be that a lot of the tips seem fairly self-explanatory. Or, self-evident. He talks one through the logic behind how people leave reviews and perceive of reviews, but this seems like it should be evident to anyone who has spent a certain amount of time pondering the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of people’s consumerism. Still, this is not really much of anything to complain about since the objective of the short book is to quickly take people on a whirlwind tour of what works in self-promotion and what does not work. Whining about the basics is a bit pedantic.

In the end, Foster’s effort here is a concentrated reminder of the basics which any author—India or otherwise—should engage in when promoting their material. It won’t revolutionize how you see advertising, but it will bolster your confidence a bit and keep the essential actions in mind. Easily read in one sitting and for the fabulous price of free, little negative can be said of this product for what you are promised.

Book Reviews: How to get reviews quickly with the methods used by publishers and professionals writers

Alex Foster

28 pages. Published by Alex Foster. $0.00. 2016.

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