I’ve had a number of my author friends, and random people ask me how to get reviews for their books. I’ve also seen here and there authors pouting or complaining they have no reviews. Getting reviews takes a little time, and a little effort. Yes they can happen on their own, but if you want some NOW then you have to work to get them.
So here we go…
Finding reviewers (who aren’t your friends and family)
Book Blog Directories
I’ve used Book Blogs and have had a lot of success with it.
You join up (free) and fill out your profile etc (side note: go to settings and unclick what emails you get- otherwise you’ll get an email if someone sneezes lol)
Next go to groups- there are loads of them, reviewers looking for books to read, ones by genre etc
~~make sure you follow the groups rules! Some don’t allow review requests, others have a place to do it.
I’ve heard other authors use Book Bloggers Directory , The YA Book Blog Directory and The Indie Book Reviewers List
If you want MORE lists.. just Google book bloggers directory or similar words. There are a lot out there.
Of course the first link I posted is still my favorite…why? Because YOU can post requesting a review. This means reviewers will contact YOU- meaning they are interested in your book and the likelihood of it getting reviewed soon is high.
You have a platform here, use it! Come up with something short and sweet and post now and then. Include a link to your book, either its page on your website or on ie amazon. Include genre. If tweeting, and you have room, add hashtags such as #bloggers, #reviewers
Self Published authors: If you have a Nook copy of your book and put it up through PubIt, make sure you “friend” PubIt on Facebook, because occasionally they’ll do a Reviewers’ Day where book bloggers will put out a call for books on the PubIt FB page, and self-pubbed authors are welcome to list their blurb in the comments and if they’ll interested they’ll request it. Many of these blogs are ostensibly clsoed to indies otherwise, except for that day. (thanks so Amanda for this)
Groups can be used to your advantage here. Find ones for your genre, or blogger groups. Many have areas where you can post to request reviews.
There is a spot where authors can post giveaways- Free Early Reviewers Page. Winners are requested to review. Offer a few ebooks up and cross your fingers.
You can join free (basic) and this gives you an author page you can list your books. You can also request reviews for each book.
Things to remember:
Don’t forget to ask, or say it is appreciated, for reviews to be posted on amazon (or make a list… goodreads, BN etc) as some reviewers only post on their personal blogs unless asked.
Always thank your reviewer at some point (by email is preferred)
Side note: Normally you provide the reviewer with a free ebook. (Occasionally some will purchase on their own)
NEVER EVER pay for someone to review. Tisk. Waste of money. There are sooooo many reviewers out there who will do it for free!
Good luck to all of those looking for reviewers! If you have MORE ideas, or I missed some obvious ones. Please post here and I’ll add. Let us know what worked best for you too!