I've never used a book launch team, and don't recommend them for self published authors. Not only do they dance on the edge of Amazon policy violations and ethics, they could impact your early book sales, too. I rant on why in this episode. Got an opinion? Connect with me on Twitter (@heidithorne).
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/0Cxp93R5mcc
Timestamp show notes (click timestamp to view segment on YouTube):
0:11 What is a book launch team?
1:33 Why book launch teams may violate Amazon policy
2:41 Book launch teams use the guilt factor
3:44 Book launch teams are not beta readers
4:08 Gaming the system with book launch teams
6:35 Most unethical use of a book launch team
7:22 How book launch teams hurt your book sales
8:25 Problems with sending PDFs to reviewers
10:07 Alternatives to book launch teams
13:54 New audio book, Blogging for Money
If you'd rather read my rant, here ya go: https://toughnickel.com/self-employment/Book-Launch-Teams-Why-I-Dont-Recommend-Them-for-Self-Publishing
And here's the link to listen to a FREE sample of my new audio book on Audible, Blogging for Money: Myths and Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Blog for Profit: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07R43RXQK/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-149948&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_149948_rh_us
You can also get the new audio book on Amazon and iTunes Audio Books.