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Stay Away! Your book promotion money will be much better spent elsewhere.

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BIndieReader is a book promotion company that offers an indie (independent publisher) book award as a way to lure customers. The woman who runs it is named Amy Hedelman. She charges $175 to enter the book award contest, which is significantly higher than other book award programs. She also offers a brief review for the $175, although she tries really hard to not call it a review. Reviews should be professional (objective), balanced and fair. The reviews you get from this company can be unprofessional, utterly biased and even mean-spirited. Amy confessed in an email that her service does not offer objective, but rather subjective reviews. What that means is that the people who review your book will do so based on their mood and how they are feeling about the book. So, if you tickle the fancy of the reviewer, and they are having a good day, they will give you a good review. If your book doesn't tickle the fancy of the reviewer, and they have been having a bad mood day, then you can expect a harsh, unprofessional, non-objective review that will trash your book. What other paid services take your product and trash it for $175?! What a racket! Sadly, company's like Amys are preying upon desperate indie authors and their desire to see their book succeed. IndieReader has the gall to take your money, give your book to unprofessional, mood-driven reviewers, and provide you with a grace-less, unbalanced and unfair review. STAY AWAY!
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  • Over-priced
  • Unprofessional reviews
  • Arrogant book reviewers

Preferred solution: Make it clear that people will get a short REVIEW of their book, and if it is negative, offer a 75% refund. Charge less than $175. Be clear that the reviewers will in no way attempt to be objective, but rather will just deliver their non-expert opinion.

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If you are not willing to pay $175 on a professional's review even though you want your book to come out the best, that's a big bias. I don't know of any professional whose time is worth this much. Therefore, if you pay little, you will only get unprofessional services that are worth your money.

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