Sunday, May 20, 2012

Getting Your Book Reviewed

One of the challenges new authors face is getting their book reviewed. Reviews can bring new readers to your works and also help people make informed decisions about the books they buy. Here are some helpful tips I compiled to find reviewers of indie and self-published novels:

  • Check out similar books in your genre on Another author shared this tip with me and I think it's a great idea. Check out the profile page of top reviewers of similar books through and contact them via their email or website to see if they would be interested in reviewing your novel.
  • Find a list of indie book reviewers. A few I came across include ones compiled through The Indie View and Step by Step Self-Publishing.
  • Sign up for a virtual book blog tour. Tours will include a certain number of blog stops along with reviews at certain stops. The length of tour and number of stops will determine how much your package will cost.
  • Connect with other readers and bloggers. LibraryThing and Goodreads are great sites to help you find potential book reviewers. Certain groups on Goodreads allow you to send out a request for book reviews and LibraryThing has an Early Reviewers and Member Giveaway programs. If you're a blogger, become friends with other bloggers that are readers and writers and see if they would be interested in reviewing your novel.
In related news, I'm very excited to announce that two fabulous blogs reviewed First Visions this week: The Ink Puddle and Livin' Life Through Books. I am so honored that the blogs took the time to read my book and share their thoughts with readers. Here is a few of their thoughts along with links to the blogs:

The Ink Puddle: "This book was a refreshing change for me, after reading so many books with a multitude of mythical creatures and monsters. It was nice to read a story about a normal girl trying to deal with something paranormal like having a psychic ability. I also really enjoyed that, as the reader, you are able to see things from the main character’s point of view in this book. I like books that do this because it makes it easier for me to step into the character’s shoes, allowing me to relate to that particular character easily. This type of writing makes it really easy to get into the story and First Visions didn't disappoint in this aspect at all. If you’re looking for an engrossing, quick, and interesting read, you should definitely pick up First Visions." Read the rest of the review and check out the blog: here.

Livin' Life Through Books: "It was intriguing to read how Kate's powers worked. The fact that she couldn't control whose mind she slipped into, and what visions came to her, makes the reader understand why she hasn't had too many relationships or friendships as well. And because of her special powers, it also shows that she isn't always perfect, but she tries to do what's right. In general, an entertaining novel, with colorful characters, and I can't wait to read more about Kate and Jared." Read the rest of the review and check out the blog: here.

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