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Book Review: Online Marketing For Busy Authors by Fauzia Burke

This is too expensive. Charging the same price for an ebook as a paperback is pretty damn rude anyway, considering the relative production costs, and when that price is $10 you better damn well be selling THE definitive book in the genre.

I was lucky enough to pick this up for free since I review for NetGalley, and I gave it a good read through before looking it up on Amazon to grab the image and link for this review, which is when I nearly died of shock at the price.

What I planned to say about the book was that while it's full of good advice, there's nothing here I haven't seen before. I was also curious to see how many reviews the book had garnered on Amazon; considering the incredible number of contacts and clients the author claims I find it rather curious that after almost a year of release, it only has 53 customer reviews on Amazon. Gathering Amazon reviews is critical to a book doing well, and a marketer of Burke's caliber should be able to pick up hundreds simply through mailing ARCs to her client list and asking for one. Maybe she didn't do that, though.

Or maybe all those people who might otherwise have reviewed just balked at the price tag. Who knows.

Fauzia Burke is a professional, and if you have the money to hire one of those, I'm not sure why you would need to read this book. If you DON'T have the money to hire one and you want to do it yourself, go read David Gaughran's Let's Get Digital and Let's Get Visible instead. You can get both books together for half the price of this one and they're packed with way more useful advice for the self-publishing author.

I'll give this three stars because it's not a BAD book, but I'd never pay that price for it and I couldn't recommend that anyone else do so either.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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