(Company name removed) wants to review my book. The problem is they want more than $400. Do you know about this company and is this something you recommend?
I am well aware of the company. There used to be quality, respected magazines that offered legitimate, unbiased reviews of books that they hand-picked for review. However, with the proliferation of self-publishing over the past several years, some of these publications have found a way to cash in on that growing industry.
The problem is, whether the reviews are unbiased or not, people who know a publication charges for reviews might assume those reviews are biased. It only makes sense that a reviewer being paid by an author might want to give the book a good review so the author will come back and pay for more reviews on their future books.
It is also highly doubtful that the review will result in more than $400 in book sales as a direct result of that review.
For these reasons, I never recommend paying for a book review…and certainly not several hundred dollars!
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