Reviewing and Review Copies
By Wendy Gager
I’m writing a blog this week on something I know next to nothing about in the hopes of those with more information will comment and I will learn something. The topic is getting reviews for your book.
Everyone wants good reviews and I would even take a few bad reviews if they were constructive criticism. My question is how do you get good reviews? I’ve asked fellow authors and been turned down. (None were Oak Tree authors) Is there some unwritten rule that says you can only review books if they are by the same publisher?
I know most “reputable” reviewers need the book at least two months in advance. How do you do that? Do you send them a printed second-edit copy or electronic PDF? I’ve asked for volunteers to review it and sent out books to people and no reviews. Big publishers send out advance review copies by the hundreds in the hopes they will get a few good reviews. I don’t have the budget for that.
I get notes from readers that they like it or they couldn’t put it down which really keep me going, but no notable reviews. I thought I would be better at it with the second book but I’m not. I would like to send out more books but with the cost of the books and postage, it is costly. I would like them to go where it will make an impact. What are some of the ways you have gotten reviews? (Mike I will be curious to hear your response from Dorothy L)
Just trying to create a buzz outside my little circle but can’t seem to even catch the bubble.