It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a
shuttlecock. If it be struck at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be
struck at both ends.
― Samuel Johnson
Whether written by a professional book reviewer or your average everyday reader, book reviews can be a
valuable promotional tool for authors. Even a few negative reviews can be beneficial—opposing viewpoints often
incite readers into wanting to find out for themselves which side they favor.
Click here to access an article I wrote for The Book Designer blog - Eleven Ways to Get Better Book Reviews For
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It is advantageous to an author that his book should be attacked as well as praised. Fame is a shuttlecock.
If it be struck at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground. To keep it up, it must be struck at both
― Samuel Johnson
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