What do you think comes first?

The chicken or the egg?

More purchases or more reader reviews?

And I’m not talking about purchasing reviews – those are BAD, forbidden, illegal, and just plain wrong.

No, I’m asking if you think reader reviews are so important that you give away copies to get reviews, hoping the reviews will be good. There is always a chance some readers won’t like your style.

Without reader reviews, no interest is generated.

A bit of a dilemma right?


So what is a writer to do?

Kari Stevenson wrote over at BookFuel.com just why Book Reviews Are Important

Yes, it’s a lot of work. I know, believe me. But I’ve not landed an agent to do the work for me, nor have I the money to hire a marketing agency so I’m plodding along.

Anyone have any good ideas out there for obtaining more reader reviews please share them! We would all love to know your secret.

Make a list and check it twice.

How to Get Reviews For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge) by

Tim Grahl give you a form email to help.


What to say in a book review.

How To Get More Amazon Book Reviews By Jonathan Gunson

Amazon Reviewer Guidelines

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22 thoughts on “What do you think comes first?

  1. Because I am commenting by phone I can’t easily paste hyperlinks of sites that list reviewers and links to find them. But if you go to a blog post I did on Web resources for writers and scroll down to “Reviews of your book,” you will find help. Here’s the link: views.eaglepeakpress.com/2015/12/10/web-resources for-self-publishing-authors-part-2/

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  2. I’m going to do the same as you. I’m planning to self-publish my first book (a novelette, actually) next March and as soon as I have the text ready (with an editor at the moment) I’ll start asking friends whether they’d be willing to read the ARC and offer a review or a stop in the blog tour.
    First time I do any such like, so I’ve no idea whether and how it will work out. But this is the best thing I can think of at the moment 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post. Ask and keep asking. I’m beginning to think it’s sort of like party invitations. Invite 50 and knowing only about 35 will respond. So aim high. Good luck. If you’ll let me know when it’s ready I’ll read and give you and honest review.

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  3. I have not had many reviews. I am kind of leery of asking anyone to review my book, because it seems like such an imposition. I really need to make more of an effort, I guess I am just not a good marketer. Thanks for the tips!!!!!!!!!

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