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Just recently I have started getting e-mails from people offering to review my book(s). Of course, they want to be paid and I would never pay for a review – even from a prestigious organisation like Kirkus. For one thing, Amazon will punish you if they find out. Nor would I ask for payment in return for a review.

But paying for reviews is only one way self-publishers and independently published authors can waste loads-a-money. Here, courtesy of Anne R Allen and Nate Hoffelder are some more:

How to Waste Money When Self-Publishing a Book


  1. I have also been receiving a lot of emails of this nature, Frank. They go to my junk email and I retrieve them all at once. I thought it was English students trawling Goodreads and trying to make some money.

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  2. Prior... says:

    that post you linked was great – thanks

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  3. Thanks for that, Frank. Some excellent advice. I can’t imagine paying anyone for a review, anymore than I see the value in being paid to peddle something that’s awful, or I don’t believe in.

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  4. Thank you for your insight and experience.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, Frank. My self-published debut novel will be out in a couple of months. I was considering paying for an online press release, but had no idea that news outlets disregard them as spam.

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  6. I get at least one or two emails a day. Some of them are upfront about charges, but others usually start off by saying they’re students who love reading. As soon as I reply to inform them they’re welcome to review any book of mine but that I don’t pay for reviews, I never hear from them again!

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  7. Phil Huston says:

    These are no more bogus than the endless (no offense) “author’s circles” one may be invited to join wherein the general policy is to “review” everyone else’s book so the “circle jerk” reviews are no more valid than had they been bought. The same may be said of major universities. coursera and the like. Honest, accurqate criticism ain’t cheap. Editing ain’t cheap. That’ why we should learn to edit to a point, format and find cover art if we self publish and avoid ALL the gator mouth press agent/Dan Alatorre-esque $ scams. Everyone has their hand out. What is driving it are vultures preying on those who don;t want to do their own work. Often the very best advice you get is free. If you can read, you can do without 95% of the services you are offered. Thanks for the post!

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