Here’s a question about Book reviews that many self-published authors ask, sooner or later. “My book was recently published. How can I get attention for it? Specifically, I would like to get book reviews. Where do I begin?” Here’s how I would answer.
If the book is already published, then it’s too late to reach out for most traditional unpaid print book reviews. They require months of lead time. At one time, traditional book reviews were the only option. Now there are others.
Other Ways You Might Get Book Reviews
Once your book has been published, the window for getting your book reviewed by most book review editors has closed. Here are some other book review venues you can try:
- NetGalley. That sometimes is helpful.
- You can spend lots of time on GoodReads and work the book reviewers there.
- You can pitch book review bloggers. Many of them can review books spontaneously, if they’re interested. Others have a backlog.
- You can pitch top Amazon reviewers. That tends to be time-intensive with few positive results.
- Most reliably (and most expensively), you can purchase book reviews.
- You can try buying into twitter campaigns that seek to provide a certain number of “guaranteed” book reviews. I have not personally known anyone who had positive results with that method, but that doesn’t mean it never works.
Those are a few starter ideas for working around the fact that you missed the pre-publication window for seeking book reviews. There are other tricks of the trade.
Midwest Book Review Is a Great Place to Begin
One of the best tips I can pass along to self-published authors who are seeking book reviews is to begin at Midwest Book Review. They are one of the few post-publication review outlets.
Editor-in-Chief James Cox prioritizes independently-published books and treats authors who have self-published their books with dignity, respect, and kindness. He will consider reviewing a traditional print edition, hardcover or paperback that is already published.
His Midwest Book Review web site is a great starting point for authors who are seeking post-publication book reviews. Jim has generously shared his wisdom, and he has provided hundreds of links to articles and resources that can help you in your quest to get your book reviewed.
What Not to Do to Get Book Reviews, Because It Won’t Work
There are a lot of options for getting your book reviewed. Just don’t ask your real friends, social networking friends, or family members to review your book. Amazon will not allow that.
How will Amazon know? It just will. And you don’t want to make Amazon’s radar as an author/publisher who would do something as shady as asking someone who cares about you, or has any connection with you, to review your book. (Amazon has only recently decided it was shady to ask people you know, or might know, to review your book. I don’t understand Amazon’s reasoning and, personally, have found it punitive and unhelpful. But, hey, Amazon is in charge of the book publishing, marketing, and selling world these days. So we can’t argue.)
By Stacey J. Miller of S. J. Miller Communications. For additional information about how to get book reviews and what else you can do to promote your book, click here.
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