Recensione The Last Train di Michael Pronko
Review IT / June 13, 2017

Vi siete mai chiesti quali siano i vizi e le perversioni degli uomini di potere o come spendano i loro soldi, quelli dell’alta finanza o magari quelli che godono di sostanziose rendite mensili che i comuni mortali possono solo, lontanamente, sognare? Ecco, se volete trovare risposte a queste domande, vi invito a leggere l’ultima fatica letteraria dello scrittore americano Michael Pronko, autore del primo volume della serie poliziesca “The Last Train ”. L’opera, per il momento, è disponibile solo in inglese, ma invito caldamente, vivamente e caramente, tutti gli editori italiani ad acquisire i diritti per tradurre il romanzo in italiano e per distribuirlo in Italia. Il romanzo, un giallo in piena regola, ambientato in una Tokyo moderna e spietata, racconta le indagini e la vita di un poliziotto giapponese che ha lavorato per anni negli States: Hiroshi Shimizu.   Quando questo detective nipponico viene convocato a Tokyo dal suo capo Takamatsu, per indagare su una strana catena di omicidi o suicidi di uomini d’affari stranieri alla stazione ferroviaria della città, al lettore viene mostrata tutta la crudeltà e spietatezza della civiltà moderna, ormai fondata solo sul denaro, sulla logica degli affari e sui vizi degli uomini di potere. Sono…

Professional book reviews for indie writers
Book promotion / February 15, 2017

Before writing this article, I wondered if I had better write a new book review or not. Then, I decided to write an article titled as above: professional book reviews for indie writers. They were just indie writers who inspired me this post, or rather, the dozens of book submissions I receive from them every day for reviews, press releases and so on. As many users know, this is an Italian book promotion site that offers paid book promotion services, book reviews included. Many times, indie authors submit their books for review by filling out the submission form and accepting to pay for review. However, when they receive a payment request from the online system of this website, some of them refuse to pay for review. The reason of this reaction is very common: they expect and demand free book reviews. Indeed, “free book reviews ” is the most searched key phrase on the Internet.

Book reviews in the Italian language
Literature News , Review IT / July 3, 2015

Dear author, today I brings to you a new interesting service to turn your book into a best seller: book reviews in the Italian language. Why I made  this apparently strange decision? It is simple: in order to get your book noted by Italian publishers, translated into the Italian language for free and sold in Italy! Around the world, there are many translation services for a fee, but these services are nearly always too expensive for indie authors. Translations have to be paid per page and when a book is many pages, the cost can become unbearable, especially for these authors who don’t manage to sell many books on Amazon and other self publishing platforms. This condition pushed me to offer  book reviews in the Italian language to all self published authors seeking to be translated, published and sold in another country. Being reviewed in another language is the best strategy for being translated and sold in another country and to turn a book into a best seller. Your book will be read in English by me,  an Italian journalist and a bilingual writer who writes in Italian and English.  After writing the review in Italian, it will be published…

Is it ethical or unethical to pay for book reviews?
Writing / April 23, 2015

Today, I would like to reply to this question because I am annoyed to hear writers and authors wonder if is it ethical or unethical to pay for being reviewed. Let’s start with a principle: when you ask someone to review your book,  it would be right to pay. After this consideration, it would be wonderful to understand if a book review is a service or a favor.   In the editorial market, reviews are divided in editorial reviews and customer reviews. The first ones are those opinions written by professional writers, bloggers, journalists or book reviewers, while the second ones are those written by customers who buy your books. Useless to say that when a customer put a review on Amazon, Goodreads and other websites of book reviews, this happens because he/she liked the book very much. However, to get a success with a new book, many customer reviews are needed! A customer is available to review a new book for free if the author gives him a free copy. There is hence a natural trade between the author and his/her reader. A professional book review is fully different: that is a book promotion service. This service is also…

An international website of book reviews
Literature News / April 17, 2015

Dear authors, novelists and writers,  today we are glad to inform you we have turned Advicesbooks, the website of book reviews and book promotion, into an international website of book reviews and book promotion services. As you saw last weeks, we also published book reviews about books written by authors coming from all around the world. In order to get a book reviewed, you need to follow a unique rule: write the manuscript in English. If you don’t know this language, you can also translate your text with an online translator, so that our book reviewer can read and review it in English. Only if you are an Italian writer, you  may send us the book in Italian, because our book reviewer is a bilingual writer English-Italian and Italian-English.  The review on your book will be shared on our social media profiles and will get high exposure at an international level. English is the unique language that allows you to get the best results. Furthermore, we’ll show our review about your book to English publishers and this is a good chance of being published out of your country. This new service is available for both established and indie authors. To…