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111 Tips to Get FREE Book Reviews

111 Tips to Get FREE Book Reviews
e-Book, covering the best strategies for getting lots of great reviews – including over 1,200 direct links (clickable links to each website!) to reviewers and book bloggers.

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Table of Contents

WHY ARE REVIEWS SO IMPORTANT
HOW TO GET FREE REVIEWS?
THE IMPORTANT LAST PAGES
WHERE ELSE TO FIND REVIEWERS
VIRTUAL BLOG TOURS TO GET REVIEWERS
WHAT BOOK REVIEWERS LIKE
EXAMPLES OF REVIEWER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
HOW TO CONNECT WITH INFLUENTIAL BOOK BLOGGERS
HOW TO PITCH TO BOOK BLOGGERS / REVIEWERS
PLANING YOUR PITCH TO BLOGGERS / REVIEWERS
PAID BOOK REVIEWS
EXAMPLES OF PAID REVIEW SITES
NEWSLETTER MAILING PROMOTION SERVICES
PAID BOOK REVIEW CONNECTING SERVICES
PAID REVIEWS FOR TRADE PUBLISHERS
GOODREADS REVIEWS
AIM FOR AMAZON TOP REVIEWERS
EDITORIAL REVIEWS
AMAZON READER REVIEWS
UNCOVERING FAKE REVIEWS
APPLE iBOOK REVIEWS
AUDIO-BOOK REVIEWS
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR BOOK FOR REVIEWS
ADVANCE REVIEW COPIES (ARC)
REVIEWS READ BY LIBRARIANS
WHY STAMP YOUR BOOK “REVIEW COPY”?
IMPORTANCE OF PRESS KITS / MEDIA KITS
ENDORSEMENTS FOR YOUR BOOK
MEDIA BOOK REVIEWS
TIPS ON HOW TO GET MEDIA BOOK REVIEWS
READER WEBSITES / FORUMS / COMMUNITIES
BOOK GIVEAWAYS at READER COMMUNITIES
JOIN GOOGLE+ REVIEWER COMMUNITIES
JOIN THESE GROUPS TOO
HOW TO WRITE BOOK REVIEWS
HOW TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS
WHY READERS – YOU – SHOULD WRITE REVIEWS
CAUTION: DON’T LOSE YOUR REVIEWS
HOW TO LEVERAGE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS
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Getting your book reviewed is the direct outcome of these three factors combined:
Preparation – Presentation – Luck of the Draw.

You can at least totally influence the first two! For the last one, I cross fingers for you!

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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in Book Reviews, Marketing

 

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Million Dollar Question: How to Get Book Reviews?

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Not just a handful, but lots of reviews!

They are crucial, not only for Amazon’s algorithms, but also when selling through other online retailers, such as Kobo, Barnes&Noble or Waterstones.  Polls revealed that 70% of book buyers are paying attention to reviews before they make their purchase. They don’t read the reviews necessarily, but check the numbers of reviews a book has accrued.  Book reviewing, in the past a privilege of literary magazines, became mainstream, encouraged by the likes of Amazon and without any editorial controls. There is an ever-shrinking newspaper space for reviews, while the number of books published is increasing tremendously. However, book bloggers and book lovers all over the world become armchair critics at the click of a mouse.
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So, how can a writer find reviewers?

  • paying for reviews, Kirkus Reviews comes to mind, who charges several hundred dollars
  • asking followers and friends in their Social Media network
  • getting to know book bloggers and hobby reviewers

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The worst method is to write an email and send it out to dozens of reviewers, without a salutation and without checking their websites/blogs carefully or reading their submission guidelines. If you would be a reviewer, would you answer a mass mail?
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Always remember that book reviewers don’t do it for a living.
They often have busy lives, full-time jobs, partners, children, ailing parents and other obligations. They barely can keep up with the growing demand for reviews.  Imagine if you would get an email from a total stranger, asking you to do several hours of work for free. Would you be excited?
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Get to know book reviewers and bloggers.
Careers everywhere depend on networking, same with a writing career.  Start making “friends” with reviewers, long before your book is finished: Search on your social media sites for reviewers, reviews, book bloggers, etc. when using the search function on top of Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and Google+ pages. At Goodreads, reviewers are listed, so you can conveniently choose them as friends and follow them for a while, see which book genres they  prefer,  before you approach them.
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Check out the bestsellers in your genre (in bookstores or online) and find names of reviewers. If these reviewers have a blog (and most do), comment on their articles.  Offer them well-written guest blogs, geared to their topics and readership.
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These are invaluable and important contacts, as those readers do not only review books, but post their reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and the like.  On top of that, they often write a blog post about the books they read, which stays there for years to come. They are actually promoting those book reviews to readers and indirectly even to industry decision makers: librarians, booksellers, agents, publishers – like a publicist does it (for money). If compensated it would mean at least a couple of hundred dollars worth, what they provide you for free!
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Again: It takes often months until getting a review, start early with your search.
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If you write non-fiction, it’s a bit more difficult, as most book reviewers prefer fiction books.  Look for magazines that write about the same or similar topics and find out if they review books. You could also offer an article and in your intro at the end of the article, you could offer readers a copy in exchange for a review of your book. For sample, if you write about aviation safety, you search for aviation magazines, but also for history magazines, travel magazines, even more local publications where a certain incident happened in the past. Or if you write about nutrition, check out all magazines of health food stores, women’s magazines, medical magazines etc. to find out if they write reviews.

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Paid book reviewers
are not hard to find, just type into Google: Book Review Submission Guidelines and you will find lots of them. The most famous:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/
http://www.bookrooster.com/
https://www.forewordreviews.com/

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Free book reviews
The best source are friends and followers on social media site, starting with Goodreads. Offer a print version of your book as a giveaway (you can do this several times a year). In average, half of the recipients write a book review.
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But again: just don’t email them out of the blue, friend them on social media, read their blogs and get to know them, before you make an approach for a review. If they state in their submission guidelines, they will only read print books, don’t tell them to “just print out my pdf or word file”.  If you have e-books only, get a couple of digital prints (bound) from a copy shop or use one of these espresso book machines, mostly located in big cities, but available online, just add the postage for delivery.

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For US writers: The Midwest Book Review (free!) has contracted with Cengage Learning to provide them with electronic copies of book reviews. Cengage Learning then makes their reviews available to library systems nationwide. Read our former blog post, “How to Find Reviewers for Your Book” where lots of reviewers are listed.
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If you are looking for reviews to use in your books blurb (print or e-book) send out galleys, which can be produced by espresso book machines as well, at least 3 – 4 months before your book’s launch, especially for print books, to be sure to receive it in time.

http://www.rtbookreviews.com/magazine/editorial-submissions (4 months before launch!)
http://bookpage.com/content/submission-guidelines (at least 3 months before launch!)

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Another question is the quality of book reviews, not only on the internet… I think about an extremely unfair review, a good friend of mine has received from a “Librarian” at Goodreads! She wrote about a book that has amassed more than 90 percent 5-star reviews. The “reviewer wrote: “I tried to like the book, really. But I just can’t.” That’s it, this was the whole review! No description what the book is about, no mentioning of the writing style (excellent!), not about the plot, the characters, nothing. And gave it a 1-star. So much for the quality of reviews…  Check out the reviews for world bestsellers and you will find some of them with more than 150 of these 1-star reviews!
And then there are those people who are downloading tons of free books on Amazon – without even checking the content, just because they can get something for free – they are also infamous for writing scalding and unprofessional book reviews. What about the writers’ competition, who could theoretically write an unfair review?  In all these cases, just keep your cool, and work even harder to get more reviews to “bury” those unfair ones.

Take reviews always with a grain of salt. Sure, reviews, and lots of them, are important for writers. But keep in mind, they are always subjective!  And don’t forget to thank a reviewer for their work, no matter if 3 or 3 stars. They will be more inclined to do another review for you when your next book is finished.

Kate McMillian compiled a great number of articles about book reviews, check them out.

BTW: How many books did YOU review recently???

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How to Find Reviewers for Your Book

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Reader / Writer Forums and Social Media seem to be the best places to solicit book reviews.  Why, you might ask?  Well, as a member you are known and appreciated and you have “personal” contact with these folks. So they are way more inclined to do something for you, the writer.  Joining Twitter, Wattpad, Google+, Goodreads, Shelfari etc. and network on these sites is the only option to make a name for a self-publishing writer anyway. 

Another possibility is to contact magazines and newspapers who regularly review books – or use the fee-based professionally reviewers, such as Kirkus Reviews.  Authors can also contact these forums and book reviewers / bloggers. They are randomly taken from my upcoming book “111 Tips to Get Book Reviews”:

  1. http://bookvisions.blogspot.co.uk/
  2. http://www.bookpleasures.com
  3. http://worldliterarycafe.com/forum/169
  4. http://www.nantambu.blogspot.ca/
  5. http://www.bookbrowse.com
  6. http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.ca/p/to-be-read-pile.html
  7. http://readingthepast.blogspot.com
  8. https://www.facebook.com/BookReviewsByLynn
  9. http://bookreviewersclub.com/request-a-review/
  10. http://www.hipsterbookclub.com
  11. http://mercury205.wordpress.com/
  12. http://geekeryandbooks.com/policies/
  13. http://blogcritics.org/books
  14. http://www.bookblitzer.com/home.aspx
  15. http://writermirandastork.wordpress.com/interviewreview-guidelines/
  16. http://www.blacklilackitty.com/contact.html
  17. http://www.libraryjournal.com
  18. http://rebeccavance.com/
  19. http://www.blog.boysonthebrink.com/review-policy
  20. http://www.forewordmagazine.com
  21. http://www.smblooding.com/faq/
  22. http://www.selfpublishingreview.com
  23. http://www.celticladysreviews.blogspot.com
  24. http://www.bookblitzer.com/home.aspx
  25. http://writermirandastork.wordpress.com/interviewreview-guidelines/
  26. http://www.blacklilackitty.com/contact.html
  27. http://www.libraryjournal.com
  28. http://rebeccavance.com/
  29. http://www.blog.boysonthebrink.com/review-policy
  30. http://www.forewordmagazine.com
  31. http://www.smblooding.com/faq/
  32. http://thebookaddictreviews.blogspot.com/
  33. http://www.annaleeeverhart.blogspot.ca/
  34. http://www.theindieview.com/
  35. http://blog.jessnickel.com/
  36. http://www.quality-books.com/publishers.htm
  37. http://bookreviewclub.blogspot.ca/
  38. http://bookishwhimsy.blogspot.ca/
  39. http://juliahughes.weebly.com/recommended-reviewers.html
  40. http://reviewingromance.com/review-policy/
  41. http://www.memyshelfandi.com/p/review-policy.htm
  42. http://yabookbridges.com/
  43. http://indiewritenet.com/
  44. http://www.chaptersandchats.com/index.php
  45. http://mariefostino.weebly.com/.

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Here are some tips when soliciting reviews by Theresa Braun, taken from her guest blog where she explained possibilities to find reviewers:

“Most bloggers are willing to not only post a review of your book on their blog, but also will post it on Amazon and Goodreads. You really need to find out from their web sites where they will post.”

“Check out reviewers’ websites and find out what genres they are willing to read and what their guide lines are.”

“Each reviewer probably has a long list of books they are already reading, and may not respond to your email right away—or ever. It will sometimes take weeks or even months before you will see a review. So get in touch with reviewers even before your book is available. As earlier you have reviews as better.”

“Don’t forget to thank all your reviewers personally.  Keep in mind that these wonderful people are taking the time to read and write up a review.  Many of them are donating their precious leisure time, and sometimes money, to you and your book.”

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Almost every book reviewer has a blog. Why not offer a well-written guest blog? Show off your writing skills and get a back link to your own website / blog.  Reviewers are for sure more willing to review your book when you started the relationship in this beneficial way.  Reviewers are always time-strapped and receiving a blog post gives them more time – to read your book and write the much needed review.

Some good additional advice, for sample “What is good etiquette in interacting with reviewers?” is answered by Rel Mollet in Jody Hedlands blog on literary reviews.
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And now the most important question:
“How many books of fellow writers have YOU reviewed?”  

It is all a give and take. Reviews don’t have to be very elaborate. Amazon requires that they are at least two sentences long. Give back to the community!  And don’t worry to give or to receive less than five stars in a book review. More important is to have lots of reviews. Many famous bestseller authors received even one-star reviews, some up to 150!!!  Read who is in this list. You will be very surprised…

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Are Book Reviews really THAT important?

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The dreaded R-word! Reviews… Book Reviews that is. They certainly matter

In a poll 70% of book purchasers admitted to buy books after checking the reviews. Surprisingly many did not pay too much attention to 5-star or 1-star reviews, rather more about the number of reviews and the average rating. 5- star could be a good friend and 1-star someone from the competition, right? So what I am doing is to check the “history” of the reviewer. How many books does he review. Just click on the reviewers name and go to their Amazon site to find out more.

One of these, almost professional reviewers is Melanie Carrico. I met her through Twitter. On her blog she writes: “I am open to reviewing most any book. So far I have agreed to review every book I’ve been asked to. I only ask that you realize I give HONEST reviews. I won’t sugar coat things for anyone. I will continue to support you and help promote you in any way I can.

If you’d like me to review your book, simply email me at macladie25 .[at] yahoo [dot] com. It isn’t necessary to send a blurb, in fact I prefer you don’t. I can be more objective that way. I have a Kindle for ebooks. If you need the review by a certain date, please include that in your email. I do the reviews in order and it may take some time but I complete them all.”

Melanie is not only reviewing your book, she even publicizes these reviews for you:

“I post reviews to Amazon, Good Reads, Twitter, Facebook, here, Pinterest, Amazon UK and Books a Million. The reviews are automatically sent to these places, you don’t have to pick and choose. The more we post the review the better it is for your book.”  What a sweat heart!

More about getting book reviews from Joel Friedlaender. And if you would like to get a list of almost 50 FREE book review links, write an email to 111publishing [ a t ] gmail.com

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