naked truths

Whether you’re traditionally published, self-published, or small press, reviews are an essential part of an author’s career. They help potential readers decide whether or not they want to read our books and Amazon uses them in deciding how our books rank and where they show up in their bookstores. We depend on them. Take them away and our writing career becomes a hobby. But getting reviews is tricky. Even painful. We ask. People promise. They get busy. Or forget. We really don’t want to be a pest, and maybe they didn’t like the book anyway. Maybe we suck as a writer and people aren’t writing reviews because they don’t want to hurt our feelings. Maybe we’d be better off driving a fork lift. (That’s actually on my bucket list.) Or flipping burgers. (That’s not.) Or selling ice cream. (I’d rather eat it.) But there’s no way around it. If we’ve really made the commitment to be a writer, we need book reviews. How do we get them? Ask someone who knows.

Gisela Hausmann is one of Amazon’s top reviewers as well as the author of seven non-fiction books, including Naked Truths about Getting Book Reviews. It isn’t a big book, but it is packed with great information. She gives advice on how to strategically build up reviews so they boost our sales, why Amazon puts the kibosh on some five-star reviews, and how to avoid irritating their perplexing algorithms. I was surprised to learn that how the review is written – not necessarily the star rating – is more important than the number of reviews that you have. And sometimes a one-star review can be more beneficial than a five-star. It took a couple of re-reads to wrap my mind around that one, but in the end it made sense. She also provides numerous helpful links and has suggestions on how to find book bloggers and reviewers.

Gisela doesn’t waste time with filler comments or self-promotion. Everything is geared toward guiding writers through the process of getting effective reviews that will help their career. If you’re serious about a profession as an author, consider adding Naked Truths about Getting Reviews to your library. It’s a true gem.

If you’d like to learn more about Gisela Hausmann, you can find her at:

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About Diana Douglas

Diana Douglas, author. Coorganizer of the Arizona Novel Writers Workshop. Member Arizona Historical Novel Society, Member BooksGoSocial Authors, Transplanted Texan.!/themodernscribe
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  1. David Waid says:

    This looks really interesting and really helpful. You had me at “reviews.” Thanks for posting!

  2. Liz Marshall says:

    Looks like a must-read, so I just bought it – thanks for sharing. (Gisela, I’m going to read it and then see if it works on you!)

  3. I agree, this looks like a book worth reading. Getting reviews is so important AND so difficult! Anything that will make it easier seems worth a try.

  4. By the way, I’m reading your book (The Tattooed Angel) now and enjoying it…a lot!

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