After publishing a book, there’s this tricky little problem most authors have to overcome: getting people to read and review it.
Fortunately, there’s an entire segment of the blogging populace that not only does this very thing but can help you build your author street cred: book review bloggers.
The key to getting your book into reviewers’ hands? Sticking to these main steps:
- Follow the book reviewer’s guidelines for contacting them about a review. This is THE BIG ONE. Don’t start shooting off emails willy nilly before first making sure you’ve thoroughly met each one of their requests. Reviewers receive A LOT of requests to read books, and if it comes down between an author who followed their directions and an author who didn’t, guess whose book will get chosen.
- Find a point of contact and spell their name correctly. I know this one seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you the number of times someone has contacted me as the editor of Tipsy Lit and has blatantly spelled my name wrong even after receiving an email back from me! You want to come off as both professional and respectful, which means taking those two seconds to make sure you’ve literally crossed every “t” and dotted every “i.”
- Set yourself apart from other authors requesting a review. In my contact email (see below), I always add in my subscriber count for Tipsy Lit because I want the reviewers to know that I’ll most certainly be sharing their review with my audience. I figure if someone is kind enough to read and share their thoughts about my work, then I can most certainly be kind enough to show their review blog some love!
Below is an introductory email you can work from that I’ve sent to a number of reviewers (many who have read and reviewed my books). Just be sure to replace my details with your own!
Email to Send to Book Reviewers
Hello Awesome Book Reviewer!
My name is Ericka Clay, and I’m the author of Unkept and Dear Hearts. I’m also the creator of Tipsy Lit, a literary blog that has amassed over 12,000 subscribers. I’m contacting you to request a review of my novella.
TITLE: Dear Hearts
PUBLISHER: Tipsy Lit
AMAZON LINK: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V2C3WM8
WORD COUNT: 32,059
BLURB: From the outside, Mitch and Elena Reynolds are a typical White Smoke family: married, raising a daughter, running a local business, attending church on Sundays. But their happy family image starts to crack when Mitch has an affair with local White Smoke resident, Aaron Hooper.
Mitch and Elena’s tumultuous relationship is further tested with failed attempts to get pregnant again, forced AA meetings to curb their alcoholism and bitter therapy appointments to try and “fix” their daughter, Wren. It’s not until both Mitch and Elena trust in their love for their daughter that they begin to rekindle the connection they first formed as kids. But is it too late?
From the author of Unkept, Dear Hearts is an exquisitely told tale of love, loss and human connection in the wake of darkness.
I am submitting the book via both mobi and ePub files that I’ve attached to this email, as well as the cover art for the book.
If you’d like to learn more about my background, you can do so here.
Thank you for your time, Awesome Book Reviewer, and I hope you’re interested in reading my work!
*Remember to attach all files before hitting”send”!
Book Review Blogs
If you search “book review blogs” in Google, you’ll come across a number of great finds, but here are a few I love:
- Filling My Prayer Closet
- The Indie Reviewers List (a collection of reviewers who read and review indie books)
Your book is your baby and now you’re sending that baby out into the world. Do it justice by contacting the right reviewer for your work in the best way possible!
What book review blogs do you love? List them in a comment below (including your own)!