I recently read about Amazon's invitation-only review service Amazon Vine whereby reviewers who have demonstrated a lot of activity on Amazon are invited to become a part of this program. I'm interested in any authors who have had first-hand experience with Amazon offering their own novels through this service. Is it by invitation only to authors?.
I suspect that Amazon links high ranking novelists with this service in order to further push their bestsellers online. Those of us who are further down the ranks will never be given this opportunity. Anyone know the mechanics of how Amazon works this program?
This is the first I've heard of it. Reviews shouldn't be tiered. Putting walls up on reviews doesn't increase their value, it increases isolation.
Of course, that's my knee jerk reaction. I'm open to be persuaded otherwise.
OK, now that you've explained the process, I change my mind. This sounds like a good program. It rewards the best reviewers with ARCs to read. Makes sense.
Great information. Does anyone know how an author/publisher, who has self-published, get in contact with Amazon to provide these ARC's. I could not find that connection.
My understanding is that companies pay for this.
So, I suppose one way to look at it is a means by which reviews can be purchased. They do the same thing with other products, I think: Sony or Microsoft or Corel or somebody can pay to be on the program and give away gizmos in order to score an early buzz and lots of stars.
It;s like the reviewers are on a newsletter that shows offered products. So you'd pay to be listed in the newsletter, as well as giving away stuff. This is not, I'm thinking, a "little guy" sort of device.
Somebody with 25,000 reviews probably has a house full of swag.
Well, perhaps I'm mistaken.
And these people as well
Or perhaps we aren't understood.
Companies pay amazon to list them in the newsletter, which offers free stuff to these select reviewers. So you;re probably not going to be able to compete with Doubleday or Adobe or whoever. I don't know how much they pay to be in the newsletter, and it's not something that seems very easy to find out. But my hunch would be, it's worth quite a bit.
Well, I didn't know Vine also did merchandise/products. Not sure how that works. I guess you get a free item to try out. In the case of books, however, they get the book. I rather like the idea that they pick which book they want.
The ads are a whole different business. Yes, you can advertise your book on Amazon and you pay. No idea how much. For bestselling authors the publisher would pay.