None of my blog posts at SavvyBookWriters.com are so popular as those who deal with book reviews: "Tips How to Get Book Reviews" harvest lots of likes and re-blogging, while "How to Write a Book Review" seem to be less popular. These days every writer wants or needs lots of reviews - but barely writes any for their fellow authors - or for books in general. A huge discrepancy!
Why Book Reviews are Important
Many readers don't necessarily let their book purchase decision influence too much by reviews, rather than by word of mouth from friends. So you might ask: "why bother at all to obtain reviews or if you are a reader, write one?"
Readers might not search through all your reviews, but if there are less than five reviews they might think your book is not popular, or other readers were not so intrigued by your work to write a review. After a great meal in a restaurant you give a tip, right? A tip for a writer who worked months or years on a book - that you might have bought for less than a cup of coffee - is much appreciated and you help this author's career for sure. Why not support writers who have gone it all alone and need all the reviews for their book they can get?
Build Relationships with Reviewers and Book Bloggers
It is so important to connect with them first, before asking for a review. After all reviewers spend their precious free time to read books, write meaningful reviews and upload them to their blogs and book community sites, such as Goodreads, to online retail sites and if they really liked it, rave on their Social Media sites about. After all this is "Word of Mouth" or better "Word of Mouse" for great reads.
.Where to Find Reviewers
There is a cornucopia of reader communities, beta readers, forums, writer groups, and Social Media networking sites out there. A little bit detective work and searching at the right places, using certain keywords, will authors give a great harvest of contacts to readers and reviewers.
And it does not have to stop there, our latest book 111 Tips to get Book Reviews will launch in September 2014, and give you all the links and a comprehensive overview how the "review-world" works. Sign up to our valuable newsletter, get free tips and tricks of the trade, and a chance to win a free e-book: Sign up here: 111Publishing.com
What goes around, comes around - in a positive way. If you are known in the writing / reading community for writing reviews or interviewing other writers - and let everyone on Social Media know about it - you will eventually get lots of reviews too. Spread the good Karma!
So, how many reviews have You written?