My author’s copies of Network Flow Analysis should arrive later this week. While my publisher sends review copies to all of the likely reviewers, I’d also like to give my readers a chance to get in an the free review copy goodness. If you’re willing to write a review for your blog, Amazon, or (preferably) both, I might have a free book for you.
Want one of these free copies, in exchange for a thoughtful review? Leave a comment on this post giving your name, a legitimate email address, and a sentence or two on why you think you, in particular, should get a review copy.
I’m certain that I’ll have more volunteers than I’ll have review copies, though. How will I decide who gets a copy?
1) If you have a really good reason why you should get a copy, I’ll give you preference.
2) If you give a reason that makes me laugh out loud, you’ll also get preference.
3) Remember, I can be bribed to laugh out loud at your post.
4) Remaining copies will be distributed randomly to cogent comments. I’ll contact you via the email address given in your comment to get your mailing address.
Note that I’m avoiding the word “good” in reference to these review copies. Is a “good review” one that reviews the book positively, or a review that is thoughtful and well-written? Specifically, I’m not offering “books in exchange for good reviews.” I’m offering “books in exchange for thoughtful, well-written reviews.” If you honestly believe that the book blows chunks and should only be used as an ephemeral lavatory accessory, and can write about that clearly and cogently, I’ll accept that as a legitimate review. I’ll bawl like a teething baby, but I’ll accept it.
And why do I specifically want Amazon reviews? Amazon changes its algorithm for recommending books based on the number of reviews. A book with six reviews is treated differently than a book with zero reviews. A book with twenty reviews is treated differently than a book with six. The number of reviews appears to matter more than if those reviews are positive or negative. Yes, you can buy my books at other Web sites, or even in brick-and-mortar stores… but Amazon is the 800-pound gerbil of book sales.