Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s not!
Some writers/bloggers indicate it’s easy to locate willing reviewers. I’m here to tell you it is not. No not easy at all.
I’m not sure if finding reviewers is different that finding people to review a children’s book.
While following all the tips I could find on getting a valuable review, I still found it difficult.
So what have I learned?
- Don’t ask a quid-per-quo. You read mine, I’ll read yours.
- Writers are busy writing. To stop and read my book takes time from their writing.
- Blogs dedicated to book reviews are swamped with requests. I found most have a “no longer accepting” note on the blog.
- Contacting a generalized and not to mention lengthy list from Amazon is exhausting. Results are a shotgun effect.
- To move the needle and generate book sales, you need a lot of reviews.
- My best source was my readers here at Jean’s Writing. I can’t thank Y’all enough!
What will I do next time?
- List my book on blogs that connect readers with authors. Amazon frowns on this practice.
- Use social networks more. Like Reddit, StumbleUpon as well as Twitter and Facebook to search for reviewers.
- Google! I don’t know why I didn’t think of using this search engine for reviewers. I use it for everything else.
- Reach out to friends, family and my readers here.
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Leave a comment and tell me which tips worked for your books?
What things did you try that didn’t work?
Do you have any successful tips for getting willing reviewers?
Is a children’s book reviewer different from a fiction novel?
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