Anyone who has written a book will tell you that it can be nearly impossible to get a “holy grail” review (ie: Oprah or the NYT), but when you’re self publishing, especially when it’s your first book, how do you get started? You know you want to add book reviews or blurbs to your author website, but 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.
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:
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.
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 Media or Press page.
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