Amazon 5-star reviews are like gold. Amazon has very strict guidelines on who can review your book like my memoir Concussion Is Brain Injury: Treating the Neurons and Me. It’s rather confusing, but the fundamental principle of you can’t tell them what to write is one I abide by anyway because what’s the point of a review if it isn’t honest? I can’t learn from it otherwise, and people will feel sold a bill of goods if reviews aren’t honest. It’s also why I steam when people write outright lies about my books. Malice is the only motivation. Maybe it’s why I’m so fascinated by the Netflix series No Good Nick.
Anyway, I used my Patreon earnings to run a promotion through Self-Publishing Review, which reviewed my book when it came out.. They’ve cleared it with Amazon. Self-Publishing Review lists your book in their mailings, as I understand it, and you cross your fingers and hope people (a) see it, (b), read it, and (c) review it. What you don’t expect — or at least I didn’t! — is to receive five 5-star reviews. FIVE!!!! And they appear on Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, and other Amazons, too!
“here she tells us all she has to pass and suffer to be able to recover herself from that brain trauma, she does this in a magnificent way because she recovered from this and make a research, even in the last part of the book she give us scientific bibliography about the concussion and everything around it.”
“Her psychological healing, in my opinion, was done just by expressing her feelings and her journey for others to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I have seen in my line of work that concussions are often treated as temporary problems, but it is refreshing to see an author speak about the long term effects and the havoc that a concussion can create in ones life. Very well told . . .”
“Shireen gives hope to people who suffered the same as she did. So it is mainly aimed to those who had a concussion.
I liked this reading I found it to be really interesting and informative. I would certainly recommend reading this.”
“in the real world outside of the research laboratory, you sometimes have to be the “Karen” in order for people to take your real and valid problems seriously. Overall, a very good read.”