Wednesday Words 1.10

How do you get reviews?

I’ve done everything I have heard suggested before.

I have a link in the back of the book.

I offer a short story, that explains something alluded to in the story, if you review.

I used paid marketing, the only one I could get so far because I don’t have enough reviews, to supply a free day, hoping for reviews. Not a single one.

I bothered every human I know who has read my book to leave a review. (5 did, thank you, you know how wonderful you are and how much this helps me)

I have submitted for “profession review.” (Although I would love to hear more pro sites that are legit from people who have used them…)

Please, Please, tell me how you get reviews if you’re an author? And if you’re a reader, what gets you to review a book?


18 thoughts on “Wednesday Words 1.10

  1. How does one get anyone else to do anything that requires effort? I often fall down on putting in reviews for authors and I really care about doing so and promise myself I will. I usually do…eventually…but some times I just mess up and never get it done. Such a tough one to solve. The only thing I see missing in your list that I know of is getting to know folks who write book review blogs and submitting to them when they ask…although that’s hit or miss, and I haven’t found hardly any that give reviews of my genre or in such a way that it would get me to read it. Also, they often review on their blog but not necessarily Amazon. I know it is Amazon reviews that matter. So this was an unhelpful comment, I suppose.

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  2. I stalk people who have reviewed books similar to mine and beg. 🙂

    No seriously, go on Amazon and find a book that is like yours except for the fact that it has a massive amount of reviews. Read through the reviews and find a few that sound like they would enjoy reading your book too based on what they wrote about the other book. Then click on the reviewer’s name.

    If they are a regular, heavy duty book reviewer, chances are they will have their contact or at least website listed as part of their profile. Go to their site, check out their submission guidelines, and ask pitch them.

    As a reader, if I know an author is an indie, I am more inclined to post a review than if it was traditionally published, only because I know they need it more, but I’m not a professional reviewer, so I usually only post a review if the work has really stuck with me days after reading.

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    1. This sounds like good advice, Allie. I should try it myself. So far, all the reviews for my books are “organic,” meaning I did nothing to make them happen, but there are very few. I review most of the indie books I read, but if I don’t write the review within a week of finishing the book, details start to fade and I almost have to re-read it to write a decent review. Sometimes that means no review at all. I suspect that happens a lot.

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  3. I hardly ever write reviews because I never know what to say, and/or I don’t feel qualified to write a “good review.” Maybe it would help if I read more how to articles about that. But mostly, these days, what I read is also determined by what I can get on audiobook and listen to in the car.

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