Well, Ladies. Shall We Hack the Crowd?
I review for Amazon which is nice and all. So it was with great interest then that I read the piece Crowdhacking: 10 Simple Ways Authors Can Help to Increase Sales at Amazon.com. All right. I'll bite. I know enough authors that I'd like to become rich that I can appreciate what this article has to say. By and large it's information on making Amazon work for you. A lot of it is particularly useful (especially the don't-start-a-bunch-of-accounts-and-review-your-own-book part). I was taken with the following bit as well:
If you receive an email or a comment on your blog from someone who enjoyed our book or see a review posted online elsewhere – ask them to post that on Amazon.com. I have also seen authors who have asked for permission to repost favorable online reviews (with attribution) at Amazon.comSmart note. Not everyone thinks of this. I automatically post all my reviews onto Amazon once they've been published. More people see those reviews than the ones on my blog, so I'm able to reach a larger population in general. Other bloggers have started to do the same thing. A highly recommended move, especially since you can build a fan-base there and then direct them to your blog with a link.
Thanks to Jeremiah McNicols at Z Recommends for the piece.