HOW TO GET BOOK REVIEWS
How to get book reviews for your recently published novel is something that all authors desperately want, but struggle to obtain. Whilst there are many places for you to obtain these reviews, securing them from a trusted audience isn’t always easy and not knowing when to start searching for reviewers is hard.
Let me clarify the time frame for you; there is none! That’s right, you can start obtaining reviews for your novel whenever you feel like it. Many articles on the internet suggest that you should try to obtain reviews prior to publication, which is always good but don’t panic if you don’t obtain them. It’s not the end of the world!
Now, there is no surefire tactic to gaining book reviews, and you’re certainly not going to gain 100 of them overnight. The best way to approach gaining book reviews is with purpose and intention and finding the best places to obtain them.
Let’s check out where they might be:
The easiest way, and probably the most secure, is to reach out to your personal connections, tell them about your novel, and see if they would be interested in leaving a review. Personal connections may include:
- Family members
- Other writers
- Social networking groups
Don’t panic if it isn’t a long list, reviews can add up and each one counts.
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EMAIL LIST :
As an author, I highly recommend you build an email list specific to your brand. Why may you ask? Because your email list are the only people on the internet that are truly yours, that are truly invested in what you do. They signed up to your email list because they want to hear what you have to say, want to stay in touch with your novel, and value you as an author.
Email them (not your entire list, but a selected handful) and offer them a free PDF version of your novel. Ask them in exchange for the free novel if they would they be kind enough to leave a review before your launch day, or after.
If you don’t have a large email list, then that is completely okay. Always remember that it is the quality over the quantity. A small group of devoted readers can make a much bigger difference than a large audience that isn’t interested.
Blogs are a great way to keep in touch with your readers and let them know what you’re up to. It is also a great way to build your email list and your brand as an author. Marketing your novel on your blog can make a huge difference, not only to your sales but to your reviews.
Promote your novel in advance on your blog, supported by your email and social media marketing, and let people know what you really want; reviews. People aren’t going to act if you don’t lead them.
It isn’t too forward by stating that you want reviews, it means that you are professional and know what you want.
BOOK BLOG REVIEWERS:
Another great way to obtain reviews is to contact book blog reviewers. There are so many of them on the internet that it won’t be hard to find one or more that you like. Communication is the key when it comes to book blog reviewers.
If you want your novel reviewed prior to publication, then it’s no good sending them a message 1-2 weeks before publication. Send them a message 1-2 months in advance. If you are looking for reviews after publication, then it is an easier process because you aren’t in such a rush. Make note of what they have to offer, and compare them to other book blog reviewers.
At Life Of A Storyteller, we offer a book review package that includes a 300-500 word review, marketing across several of our platforms, reviews to major sites such as Amazon, Goodreads and our very own site, and publication to our monthly newsletter full of avid readers. You can find out more about our package here.
Amazon reviewers are really popular in the biz and can help you gain a good reputation on Amazon. Where do you find these reviewers exactly? Easy, on Amazon! Here is a link to the top reviewers!
Now, this is not categorised per genre, rather is just a list of the best reviewers on Amazon. It will take some time to source out who is best for you and your novel. That is why it’s always good to get a start on things prior to your publication.
Like book blog reviewers, the key is communication. Get to know them and contact them to see if they would be interested in leaving a review.
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Authors believe this is their best asset when it comes to gaining reviews. Whilst social media is a marketing monster, it isn’t always the best place to gain reviews. You may be wondering, why is it on the list then?
As I said, social media is a marketing monster and it still pays to market your novel on these platforms. Whilst you may not get as many reviews as the pathways above, or maybe you will, it’s still a good idea to promote your novel and ask for reviews. You can do this by:
- Contacting your followers by posting about your novel and ask them for reviews
- Join groups on Facebook
- Join Twitter chats
- Join Pinterest group boards
All finished. Let’s chat!
Congrats, fellow writers. Hopefully, you will obtain the book reviews you seek!
Let me know if my How to get Book Reviews treated you well, and if you think there is anything missing that you would like to learn about.
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