When becoming a writer, you get excited about creating the story, getting the finished product and making the money... But getting reviews may get pushed to the backburner of important things to do in marketing your book to the big bucks.
Below, I'm sharing a few ideas on how to get your book reviewed:
• Google is your bestie. Check out websites that do book reviews. There are some free, and some that charge, such as www.theindiereview.com, www.onlinebookclub.org, www.urbanreviewsonline.com, and for children's books: www.5minutesforbooks.com.
• Ask your family and friends. Create preview links with a PDF of a chapter reveal/sample or create a NOTES document on Facebook or on your website and invite people to read and leave a review. You can use these reviews for your EPK or media kits.
• Build relationships with other authors in your genre, and solicit them to do a reading of a reveal or manuscript to use their comments as reviews.
• Ask genre bloggers to host or introduce your book on their blog. This provides great exposure as well as helps you to develop or solidify your audience.
• Join sites such as Goodreads and post a synopsis of your book, and ask your friends to read it and generate activity and recognition to it.