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IndieReader and SPR Partner For Combo Deal For Authors

Self-Publishing Review and IndieReader team up to give indie authors 10% discount on editorial book reviews 

 Get a Combo Deal Indiereader and SPR Review and save 10%

Top indie book review sites IndieReader and Self-Publishing Review have partnered up to provide a combo deal for independent authors everywhere.

This deal saves almost $20 off the normal price for a standard IndieReader book review and an SPR Classic Book Review, and means the author makes one combined purchase instead of having to go to both sites to make the order.…

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Paid Reviews – What Everyone Keeps Getting Wrong (Still)

Myths about paid reviewsWhy does everyone misunderstand a paid review? Let’s get into the myths. Also, scroll down for real time proof that paid reviews do in fact sell books.

MYTH A paid review is any review you paid for

TRUTH There are three types of paid review.…

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Ten Ways To Take A Negative Book Review On The Nose

Crying babyA mixed or negative review can be instrumental in development of an author’s career for many reasons, and even if published on Amazon it should not be regarded as a personal affront or an attack. Cate Baum outlines the main reasons your review could be surprisingly negative, and how can you deal with this?

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What Exactly Is Excellence in Editing?

editing excellenceCate Baum laments the human condition of a humble editor and the unwavering indie author who demands 100%.

When I proofread for authors, sometimes, not often, (most of my authors are lovely) a client will come back to me declaring my gross ineptitude.…

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Eight Ways To Start Research For Your Historical Novel

historical researchAs an editor I see books that are ruined by the lack of research for their content all the time. Here are the top ways that you can ensure you’ve done your homework for your next bestseller.

1. Etymology

Etymology tells us about the birth of a word into common use.…

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The One Obvious Reason Authors Get Rejected By BookBub

bookbubAfter a bit of research with BookBub, it seems one really, really obvious point for submission often gets overlooked when authors send their book to BookBub. It’s so simple that maybe in these days of e-books and percentages instead of page numbers we forget that page count is one of the main points of BookBub’s requirements.…

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How Not To Ask For A Free Review – From A Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

Amazon ReviewerAs well as being a professional reviewer at SPR, I am also one of Amazon’s Top 1000 reviewers (no, you can’t have my moniker, sorry!) and I sometimes review books for free, depending on how I am approached. I am not one of the Vine or Top 100, so bear this in mind while I give you my perspective on how it feels to receive a request from an author to review – and imagine how in demand they must be if I am getting so many requests in the Top 1000.…

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