Getting your book reviewed

PLEASE NOTE: I am not a book reviewer. I am a web designer. Please don’t send me requests to review your book as I’ll have to turn them down.


Anyone who has written a book will tell you that it can be difficult to get the “holy grail” review (ie: Oprah or the NYT), but when you’re self publishing, especially when it’s your first book, where do you even begin?  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of book publishing, or just starting out — represented by a big publishing house or representing yourself — here are some great resources for getting your book reviewed.

Luckily, there are lots of great websites out there dedicated to reviewing books (and occasionally author interviews) & you’re just an email away from submitting your book for their consideration.

NOTE: I’ve started a new regular feature on the blog called “Ask a Reviewer” where some of the editors of the blogs/journals/podcasts mentioned here tell us what their biggest do’s and don’ts are when it comes to getting your book reviewed.


This is a short list of what’s available, and certainly not a comprehensive list, but here are some great sites to help get you started:

I’ve also created another list of review blogs in my post about long term book promotion.

Be sure to follow their submission guidelines, and target the ones that you think will benefit you the most (eg: it’s your niche audience).

If you are interviewed or featured on a blog, be sure to offer a free book as a giveaway to their visitors! Then blog/tweet/facebook a link to it with a thank you – that way both you and the blog owner get a benefit.

And don’t confine yourself to the written word, often your book can be featured in a podcasthere are a series of podcasts related to book reviews & here’s another one! And here’s a site that is a compilation of podcast directories you can search through, or, use to find places to list your own podcast for free.  If you’re not finding what you want in the aggregators, here’s a list of specific book review podcasts:

If you are interviewed on a podcast, be sure to offer a free book as a giveaway to listeners.

And don’t forget about your local public radio station(s) – they love to support local talent, so get in touch and ask about book reviews.

In addition to the above-mentioned websites/blogs, both libraries and bookstore buyers also base ordering decisions on the following journals:

Libdex – Check this comprehensive list for even more available journals.


Make sure when you get a review that you include a short snippet of it on your website, link to the full version, and ask the reviewer to link back to your site in the review. Many times book websites tend to have a page that compiles all reviews together on one page, and that can sometimes be useful for the press, but most “ordinary” people don’t often visit those pages — you’re better off sprinkling key review snippets throughout your site. If you want to compile all reviews and make them available to the press, then create a PDF document and make it available for download on your website’s Press page.

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COMMENTS:

9 Comments on “ Getting your book reviewed ”

  • Susan Terkel | February 1st, 2013 6:58 am

    Kate,

    Loved your website! I’m promoting an independently published book, The Circumcision Decision: An Unbiased Guide for Parents. Just sent a copy off to Powell’s yesterday — my daughter lives in Portland (on Flanders, near the Portland Hospital complex) with her three children and kayaking lawyer husband. Would love to meet you sometime when I’m there — last year I went to the Powell’s sponsored writing conference. Anyway, thanks for all the links — will let you know how they work — I’m already in all the Barnes & Noble stores and getting some nice blurbs but am looking for more online reviewers. So will go back now and look at all the links on your site. Good luck to you and have a great weekend!

  • Kate McMillan | February 1st, 2013 7:27 pm

    Hi Susan, I’m glad to hear that the post is helpful for you & great luck with getting reviews for your new book!

  • John Mountford | March 3rd, 2013 10:55 pm

    Hi Kate,
    Stumbled across your site while reading a post on the Savvy Writers site: http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/million-dollar-question-how-to-get-book-reviews/
    I have two points of interest in your site:
    1)I entered my first,and as yet unpublished,novel,’MAMUD’,in the ABNA (Amazon Best Novel Award)and made the first cut from 10,000 entries down to 2,000.The next cut down to 500 is in mid March, and I have realised that, should I make it, I should have a marketing plan in place for my novel. Getting some good reviews in advance would seem to be a good way to go. What would be your advice to me at this point in time?
    2)I have set up my own web site, but am sure it could do with some professional help. Would you take a look and give me a quote to ‘tweak’it in whatever way you felt it needed?
    Thank you,
    John.

  • Kate McMillan | March 4th, 2013 2:26 pm

    @John – That’s wonderful re: the AMNA & your book! My advice is to get your book into the hands of as many relevant people as you can — and think laterally — given the topic of your book, are their journalists or bloggers who would be interested in it? What about people involved in NGOs or NonProfit organizations? University faculty? Do some research and come up with your list, then approach each person personally & directly with a sincere and thoughtful request. I wrote a series of blog posts called, “Ask a Reviewer” (http://www.outboxonline.com/category/ask-a-reviewer/) — I suggest that you check them out for advice from book reviewers on what to include and what to leave out. And finally, if you don’t already have a GoodReads profile, I suggest that you set one up and start to build your profile and network there. As for your website, I’ll send you an email to begin a discussion about that.

  • Eric Fisher | August 17th, 2013 11:38 am

    Hi Katie, great blog, what are your feelings on Midwest Book Review? I am new author who is needing an authoritative review on a recently finished book “Compost Teas for the Organic Grower”

    cheers

    Eric Fisher

  • Kate McMillan | August 21st, 2013 5:11 pm

    Hi Eric,

    I don’t have particular opinions about specific book review outlets — it’s mostly about finding one that usually handles the kind of books that you write, and that is a good fit for you. Good luck with your project!

    – Kate

  • Jsn | August 22nd, 2013 1:39 pm

    I’d love for you to add BraveReviews to your list of available sites to get your book reviewed :)
    Message me with any questions!

  • Eric Fisher | August 25th, 2013 3:33 am

    ok, thanks Kate.

  • Lauren | August 25th, 2013 4:02 pm

    Also! Keep in mind, http://pennbookreview.com does an amazing job with reviews and also has some author promo services :-)

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