How to Get Your Book ReviewedWe hear it all the time: "the window for reviews is shrinking. So how can you capture a share of this market? It's true that often reviews from big-name bloggers go to equally big-name authors. Well, can you blame the blogger? If someone had a choice between reviewing Shades of Grey and one of my recent books, I'm sure Shades would win and I totally get that, but it's hard when you're starting out. You often get reviews when you get reviews, so the old adage of "media draws media" is very true. Then where do you start?
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Getting your book reviewed is a crucial step in your book marketing strategy. Positive reviews tell readers that your book is worthy of their time, entice your potential audience with plot descriptions, and give you instant credibility. First, you need to ensure that your book is ready for to be reviewed. And finally, you need to learn how to use your reviews to your advantage to sell more books. Sure, you can ask your friends and family to read your book and give you feedback. But the truth is this: friends and family lie. Pay for professional feedback to make sure your book is the best it can be.
Writing a regular column for The Guardian on weird books , I get asked by writers of all kinds to read their latest tome. A tweet from Neil Gaiman can be much better publicity than a national newspaper book review today. And a groundswell of interest from fans talking on blogs can shift more copies than old style book clubs. And as most authors — whether indie or traditionally published — have to do their own publicity these days, I think these apply equally in both cases. There are two overarching issues to consider in relation to publicising a book.
Today’s guest post is by Joel Friedlander, one of the most informative people I know on the topic of self-publishing a book. It’s never been a better time to be a self-published author, and there have never been more book reviewers available to the writer who decides to go indie.
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This is a guest post by Douglas Wight , freelance journalist, author, publisher and book serialization specialist. He explains how authors can get book coverage in the national press… and get paid for it!, It really is a lovely thing to be able to call yourself a writer.