Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Requesting book reviews

Before getting overexcited and sending one hundred copies of your book to anyone even faintly likely to offer a review for it, please do your homework.

First, does the review site/blogger/whoever you’re sending it to review books in the same genre and of a similar length to yours?

Secondly, how long does it take for them to publish the review? Most well known sites get a hundred or more requests every week. Most reviewers are free to choose which books they’d like to read and review. Sometimes a book review will pop up two years after the book was published. This might not be what you’re looking for.

Sometimes books are pirated because the author scattered them willy-nilly all over the internet without checking who she was sending them to.

What to tell the reviewer: Title, author, genre, length, price, buy link, blurb, your website. Some reviewers don’t like certain lengths or certain genres. Making sure you include these details with your request makes it less likely you’ll be reviewed by someone who hates your book.

Make sure you read the website instructions and follow them. Many reviewers don’t want the book sent in immediately. If one of their reviewers requests it they’ll ask you for it.

Then wait patiently for the review. Write the next book while you’re waiting.

Helen Woodall

Helen is available to line edit and/ or content edit fiction and non-fiction. Rates on application.

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