Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Getting Books Reviewed - My Experience

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I have been writing books for about 6 years now, and I am currently working hard to promote the first ebook I've self-published on Amazon, A SPY AT HOME. In order to do that, I've tried a variety of methods: free ads, paid ads, blog posts, bookmarks, word of mouth, free book giveaways, etc. I truly believe that the best and most effective way to promote a book is through reviews; the question then becomes "How do I get someone to review my book, and who should I ask to do so?"

I started out Google-ing "book reviewers"; had a few of those respond; moved on to bloggers, had more respond; began requesting reviews from Amazon reviewers, had some respond. I think the point is, you have to work hard at it. For every 200 requests for reviews you make, you may get one or two responses. It gets frustrating, but when those reviews start coming in, it is so satisfying and rewarding, and it truly does help you sell your book(s)!

The best part of all is that if the reviewer likes your book, he/she will inevitably tell someone else about it, and between the review and the word-of-mouth, sales will increase.

I am so grateful to all the reviewers who are taking the time to read and review my book, A SPY AT HOME (available on Amazon), and especially to those who thoughtfully suggest improvements I could make in future books. Writing novels is a learning process (with a HUGE learning curve), but it is one that I have really enjoyed.

I would like to know what other writers have done to get the word out there about their books. What has your experience been in seeking reviews? Have you paid for any advertising, and if so, was that a successful way to generate buzz and sales? The community of writers is a great one for sharing, and I am learning so much from them. My thanks to all who take the time to respond.


Miss Good on Paper said...

It sounds like you are doing the right things to get your book out there. Good luck to you! I'm a new follower.

-Miss GOP

jmrinaldo said...

I so appreciate the follow and the kind words. We are working very hard and hitting countless web sites to get the word out there. Please check out my ebook, A SPY AT HOME, available on Amazon. There is an excerpt here on my blog page. Again, thanks for the follow.

Carol Marrs Phipps said...

I think you have really taken the time to analyze what needs to be done and you really have a handle on the situation already. From what I've read and found out on my own, reviews are truly the most important thing you need to spread the word about your book. I wish you all the luck in the world. My husband and I are currently trying to get the word out about our book, too, and oh yes, it is a lot of work, but quite a learning experience, also.

jmrinaldo said...

I agree totally about the "learning experience"; painful though it's been, it has definitely made me a better, smarter, and more savvy writer. Thank you for your thoughtful, kind words.