How To Get Book Reviews
When it comes to book marketing tips, learning how to get reviews fast tends to be the first question I get from authors. While there are many methods for getting book reviews, some work faster than others, and some methods take more time to set up, but end up giving you more value and more book reviews in the long run.
I'd like to list a few methods you can use for getting book reviews, methods that may take little to no time depending on how you leverage your time. Then I'll list the best way, I think, for getting book reviews fast, and hopefully you'll see the potential in this idea just as I have.
Get Book Reviews On Goodreads
The first way to get book reviews is through a site called Goodreads. There are thousands of groups of readers on Goodreads who join together to read, review, and discuss their latest, and most favorite books, authors, and upcoming releases.
This is a great place for an author to find a large group of readers who are eager to read a book in exchange for an honest review. Post your review requests in these groups in the appropriate topics area, and you should see multiple requests within a few days.
Get Book Reviews By Seeking Out Book Bloggers
Another way to get reviews is by searching blogger indexing sites like The Book Blogger List. This site has a list of bloggers in various genres, making it easy for you to find a large group of bloggers in one area rather than looking for them one by one on the internet. You still have to take the time to get to know their site a bit, who they are, and what their review policy is before petitioning them for a review.
There's just no getting around that time-consuming task, but when you're just starting out, this might be a great option for you.
Book Blog Tours
Another way to find reviewers in one specific area is by hiring out. People who run book blog tours will charge you a fee for setting up something I fondly refer to as a Read2Review session. Basically, you pay around $50 for someone to reach out to all the book reviewers on their mailing list to tell said book reviewers about your book in the hopes that these people will ask for a review copy.
The tour hosts in charge of finding these reviewers know which reviewers love which genres. Note: You're not paying for reviews, you're paying someone to find reviewers for you so you don't have to. Saves you time even if it costs a little money.
Build a Launch/Review Team: Preferred Method
The final method I'm going to mention is also the one I recommend. Even though the set-up takes time, and building the team also takes a little bit of time, once you have this in place, you'll wonder why you didn't make this happen sooner.
A review team or launch team is a group of peeps who have signed up to be notified of your new releases and sent Advanced Reader Copies of these books for free in exchange for an honest review. These are people who love your writing and understand that if they are on your team then they are responsible for leaving a review if they receive a review copy.
In the video above I go into lots of detail about how to build a review team, how I built mine, things you should consider, and how you can literally get hundreds of reviews within a few short weeks of your book's release once you have your team set up.
Once you watch the video, make sure you grab my short, step-by-step tutorial on how to build a launch team so you'll know exactly what to do.
I hope this information is helpful to you as you continue on your author journey.
Happy book review hunting, my author friends!