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How to Get Reviews for Your Book

Updated on November 28, 2012
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.


Authors love to get reviews. It is the reviews that help generate sales. Reviews help potential readers find your book and put it on their to read list. But how do you get them. How do you, as an unknown author, get the reviews you need to get your book noticed and sold?

Here are a few ideas.

Why Do You Want a Review?

As I said, reviews help your book sell. Trust me, these reviews are important. When I'm shopping, I read reviews. I don't want sponsored reviews. I want reviews from an actual user/reader. Tell me what you liked about a book. Tell me what you didn't like. Why should I read this book or avoid it?

You want reviews because it is word of mouth that sells your books. Think about it. The more people are talking about it, the more your book will sell.


Start With Friends

The best place to start with are your friends and families. Give them copies and have them read it and post reviews. If they have blogs, have them post the reviews there. Get them posted on Amazon, Goodreads, LibraryThing, and Shelfari.

Your friends are the best place to start and will be kind in their reviews generally. Don't have them lie. But they are more supportive. Then have them tell their friends about your book. Have them spread the word.


These are not guaranteed to get reviews, but it is a great way to get your book in the public eye and get a review or two. Give them away.

You can host your own giveaways with Rafflecopter or other similar sites. Use Goodreads to give books away. Use LibraryThing. You can give away your book through many venues. Take advantage of that. I know it sounds counterproductive, but it's not especially if this is the first book in a series. Get them hooked with the first book so they'll buy the next book, but you have to get those reviews of the first book. Give the book away.

Virtual Book Tours

A virtual book tour is a great way to get your book out there and get some reviews. It depends on the company you use and the package you choose for your tour on the number of reviews you'll get. You might only get one review from the tour or get ten or twenty of them. These people who host the tour post the review on their blog and even on Amazon and other sites. There is no guarantee that you'll sell tons of books on a virtual book tour, but you will get noticed and your book will begin to be seen more online.

Check out:,, and There are many other sites, but these are the only ones I work with currently.

Contact Bloggers

You can contact bloggers directly. Check out blogger sites and lists online that have potential reviewers for you like that has a substantial list. Surf the internet. Find reviewers on Amazon or Goodreads.

I am contacted by those that use these methods or type in names of recently released books to find reviewers. Contact them.

Be Polite and Professional

Anytime you request a review, be polite and professional. Even when you send out the books for giveaways, be polite. Don't get upset when you don't get a review. It is the choice of the reader. They might not have liked your book and just choose not to review it. Or life came in and they haven't read it yet.

Even if you get a bad review, be nice. Your responses to people can go a long way in the success of your book.


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      I.W. McFarlane 4 years ago from Philadelphia

      Thanks for this resourceful bit of information.

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      rhomy 5 years ago

      Those are really good advices Rebecca! Thanks!