Episode 54 – Get More Book Reviews

How to get more book reviews

Book reviews are important for all books, but especially so for self-published books because most sales are online. Whether you are a new or an established author, one of the hardest things to do is to get readers to leave a review of your book. After all, it takes time and effort to post a review, and most people are too busy trying to fit everything into their day. So how do authors get reviews?

First of all, what are the different types of review available to an author? An internet search identifies many websites that offer professional reviews of individual books. There are even options to pay for or arrange your own virtual book tour.

Writers can even try to get experts in their field or famous authors to endorse their books.

ARC reviews

An advanced reader copy (ARC) is a pre-published, almost-complete version of a new book that is circulated to people who read it before print. These might be professional reviewers and book bloggers, or readers. Advanced copies allow people to read the book before the publication date so their reviews can coincide with the book’s debut.

Amazon Reviews

When it comes to selling books online, it’s Amazon reviews that can make or break interest in a book. However, Amazon is keen to ensure that all reviews are genuine and this affects, which results in reviews disappearing or not being accepted at times.

Use of External Services

There are many external sites, such as Booksprout and Story Origin, that aim to grow ARC teams and mailing list and help authors get more reviews.

We’d love to hear about your challenges or triumphs in getting reviews.