Last week I talked about how much I hate having to give reviews because even if I dislike a book someone else might love it. As a writer, I’m really facing a dichotomy. One of the top ways books are sold is through word-of-mouth, and if we take word-of-mouth one step further, it’s through reviews. So I hate to give them but I need them.
This year was the first time I’ve actively tried to get reviews for my books. I actually went on a site, https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/109784-good-reviews and asked for reviews for A Killer Past. I had two people request ARCs (advance reading copy), which I sent. Of the two, I received one review. The other person still has the book listed as a TBR (to be read).
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/ is a great place for readers to see reviews. I’m not sure how to utilize it to get reviews for my books, but if I list a book I’m reading, when I finish the book I have the opportunity to rate it (1-5 stars) and write a review. This is a good way to help my writer friends.
I have read that if you want 25 reviews, you need to contact 100 reviewers. So where does one find these reviewers? Amazon has a group of reviewers who, from what I’ve read, review just about any type of book. To find these reviewers, go to http://www.amazon.com/review/top-reviewers
Another way to find reviewers, is to look at books similar to what you’ve written and see who’s given that book a review, then contact that reviewer and see if he/she might be willing to read and review your book.
Just a few days ago, a writer I know invited me to join a group she’s creating. She is promising to provide members of the group with ARCs of each book or short story she creates at least six weeks prior to its official launch. She is asking those in the group to then post an honest review within three days after the launch. I’m thinking about joining the group, I do like her writing, but going back to my reticence to voice my opinion regarding good or bad, I’m not sure if I want to commit to this idea. On the other hand, I understand why she’s forming this group. We—all writers—need those reviews.
Another way to get reviews is via a newsletter or on social media ask (beg) those who buy your book to please write a review. Personally contact friends, family, and fans and ask them to write a review.
If you’re self-publishing, at the end of your e-book add a link that will take the reader directly to the spot where a review can be written. If the story is fresh in the reader’s mind, he/she is more apt to give the book a rating and write a review, even if it’s only a few words.
Contact web sites, ezines and magazines that feature your genre and ask how to go about getting a review. (There are sites that advertise how you can buy reviews. Beware. You can lose the trust of your readers if they discover you purchased that great review.)
As I’ve said before, I really suck at this marketing business, but I am getting better. I have had a few reviews posted for Eat Crow and Die and for A Killer Past. So far they have been good reviews, but what I would love is more reviews. Honest reviews. If something didn’t work, say so.