In this week’s column, the topic of focus is book reviews and I’m going to look at how you can get them and how you can use them to help market your book. Most of the links will relate to self-publishing, but a lot of the tips and techniques can be used by traditionally published authors too. Reviews can make or break your book and getting them can be a cause of great stress for self-published authors. The links I’ve chosen this week provide advice and ideas on how to get book reviews, what to do and not do, and of how you can make the most or your book reviews to help you sell even more.
- https://blog.reedsy.com/how-to-get-book-reviews/ – How to Get Book Reviews in 5 Steps: This post is from the Reedsyblog and it has been updated for 2021. This is a brilliant guide that takes you step by step and includes some excellent videos you can watch. The discussion revolves around book bloggers and how they should be every writers best friends. From there you are guided on how to find the best book blogs based on your target audience, how to write a pitch requesting a review, how to send your book out, and how you should follow up. There’s a section on bonus ways to get book reviews and how you should deal with negative reviews. This is a great guide for everyone and a must read if you plan to self-publish in the future.
- https://theurbanwriters.com/blogs/publishing/how-to-get-book-reviews-keep-them-coming – Rave Book Reviews: How to Get Them and Keep Them Coming: This post from The Urban Writers explains the importance of book reviews. Readers need them and so does your book if it’s going to sell. There’s a video you can watch on how to get Amazon reviews as well as the blog post that goes through the process of asking book bloggers to review your book. There are 6 tips on how to contact book bloggers along with a sample query you can use. There’s also a section on how to ask readers to leave a review when they’ve finished your book and how important it is to make leaving a review as easy as possible. Book giveaways are also covered with links to some of the most popular choices. Professional book review services are included too but be prepared to pay for these. There’s a lot of information in this post and it is definitely worth reading.
- https://www.kidpressroom.com/19-legitimate-ways-to-get-book-reviews-15-are-free/ – How to Get Book Reviews (15 Free Places): This in-depth article covers everything you need to know about getting reviews for your books. This includes how to find book reviews, the dos and don’ts of getting reviews, and 15 free sites you can use. There are paid review sites included in this article as well along with additional sites like Amazon and Goodreads, social media, book bloggers, and more. If you are looking for sites to help you with your book reviews this is an excellent article.
- https://gatekeeperpress.com/get-book-reviews/ – 6 Methods to Get Book Reviews For Self-Published Authors: This article looks at how self-published authors can get quality book reviews in 6 simple steps. These include having a call to action at the back of your book, asking for reviews at your book launch, creating a Goodreads account, inviting reviews through your social media platforms and website, asking book bloggers, and more. It also lists 3 places to get reviews for your book and of course, making sure your book is worthy of reviews by ensuring it is high-quality and professional.
- https://www.authorlearningcenter.com/marketing/book-reviews/w/amazon/7918/7-ways-to-get-book-reviews-on-amazon-without-begging-everyone-you-know – 7 Ways to Get Book Reviews on Amazon Without Begging Everyone Your Know: This article begins by explaining how crucial book reviews are. It then explains what you can and can’t do according to Amazon’s terms and conditions (everyone needs to know this). This is followed by the 7 helpful tips which include having a launch team and offering ARCs, adding a personal review note in the back of your book, engaging with readers and fans through your newsletter, getting help from book bloggers, getting active on Goodreads, using automated platforms to find reviewers, and looking at Amazon reviewers for books similar to yours.
- https://writers-connection.com/how-to-get-readers-to-review-your-book/ – The Book Review Dilemma: How to Get Readers to Review Your Book: This article talks about the importance of book reviews and how you can go about getting them especially if you are just starting out. You will have to ask for book reviews and there are some great ideas in this post on how to get legitimate reviews. This can include making the ebook version available for free for a period of time, creating a list of advanced readers who will leave a review on launch day, finding book reviewers on social media or book bloggers, hosting giveaways, and more. This article also has a section on the rules around book review which you need to know. The final section look at how to deal with negative reviews.
- https://www.ingramspark.com/blog/book-review-checklist-what-to-do-before-submitting-for-review – How to Get Book Reviews to Market Your Self-Published Book: The final article for this week comes from IngramSpark and offers a checklist of things to do before you submit your book for review. This includes having it professionally edited and formatted. It also includes setting up social media profiles and setting up accounts with Amazon and other retailers. There’s a section on choosing the right type of review including crowdsourced reviews. There is a pros and cons list for this too. There’s a section on professional reviews, again with the pros and cons listed. The next section in this article features 11 ways you can make the most out of your reviews and includes being able to use excerpts from great reviews on your book cover, including book reviews on your website and social media sites, using the review to get more readers and reviews, including it in your book metadata, and more. Each of the 11 are explained so everything you need to know is included.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all the links this week and are ready to go out and get rave reviews for your books. If there is a topic you’d like to see me cover, all you need to do is get in touch with me via any of my social media links.
(c) Amanda J Evans