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
She said, “Simply put, if I can’t find a review for a book there is a 99% chance I will not purchase it.” Click on the above link and read why she says as a librarian good reviews are a must have.
First and foremost begin early!
As I mentioned in my last post I failed to market my book before it was published. I didn’t seek reviews before publication. Seek out professional organizations and authors in your genre that might be willing to read your book. But, begin at least 2 months before the launch date. Don’t make my mistakes.
So how to get a review?
- Ask your friends to buy and read your book.
- Ask them to give an honest review.
- Pray, hope, rub your lucky charm for a good review.
- Repeat steps 1-3.
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.
Additional Reading Tips for Finding Reviewers
Make a list and check it twice.
Tim Grahl give you a form email to help.
What to say in a book review.
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