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How to Get Book Reviews

How to Get Book Reviews

Review requests inundate book bloggers, reviewers, and authors. How can you expect to reach them on behalf of your own book? I can answer this question from both perspectives. As a book blogger and reviewer, I receive a lot of emails and other contacts from authors asking me to read and review or endorse books. I know what catches my attention in a review request. As an author, I’ve written review requests for my books and have tested firsthand the advice I give in this post.

It’s important to make a good impression when you contact a book blogger, author, or potential reviewer. Bear in mind that time is short for them, so open your email with a clear, concise explanation of what you will give and expect in exchange. Of course, you’ll want to offer a complimentary copy of your book. Be sure and use a one-sentence sales pitch to describe your book and mention the format or choice of formats you are willing to provide.

When approaching top reviewers, you should offer your book in either print or digital formats. If you are self-published, giving the name of a respected editor who worked on your book can net you more acceptances.

Sweeten the deal by offering  free use of the contents of your email (see below for what to include). You can also maybe make available a selection of already-written guest posts that pertain to your book but aren’t sheer promotion.

Once you’ve described your book and detailed what the book blogger or reviewer will receive, state what you want in exchange. That will be a review but can also include an endorsement or blog feature to publish as part of a blog tour. Some writers stipulate that they would rather receive no review than a negative one. Opinions on whether to do this vary widely.

Other items to include in your email:

  • a cover image for your book
  • compelling back-cover copy
  • a brief bio that answers the question of why you are qualified as the author of this book
  • a head shot of you
  • links to your website and social media accounts

Give a book blogger, author, or reviewer everything needed to review and feature your book right from the first email. This saves both you and them a lot of time and may increase your acceptance rate.
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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

9 thoughts on “How to Get Book Reviews”

  1. Janalyn, how do you find top reviewers? I think Amazon used to have a top reviewers list but they no longer make it easy (or even possible) to contact reviewers.

    1. Hi, David.

      My best advice, written as a sought-after book reviewer myself, is in How to Get Book Reviews. From Amazon’s Top Customer Reviewers list, hover over the reviewer’s name and a box should come up giving that person’s most-used tags, which may be for other items than books. If you see your book genre included in these tags, you know the reviewer might be interested in reading what you write. Click a reviewer’s link and you’ll go to that person’s profile, which may include contact information. If it doesn’t, you may still be able to find the reviewer online through social sites.

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