#BookReviewBlogs – A #QuickReferenceGuide

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Reviews are quite possibly the most valuable asset an author can have in his/her portfolio.  A handful of great reviews can take a book out of the nowhere and into the here and now in a relatively short amount of time.  A few well-written words by a respected reviewer is the holy grail each author searches and strives for, yet finding reviewers who have time and enough valuable real estate to showcase great books is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.

Book review blogs are not hard to find, but finding the best ones to utilize to give your book the boost you’re hoping for takes a great deal of time and effort to research who is reputable, who has enough followers to make it worth your while, and which blogs offer the fastest turn around time FREE of charge and/or hidden fees.

I’ve done a bit of the aforementioned research for my new series and have found a few places that offer great opportunities to connect with the types of reviewers we’re all looking for, so I thought I’d share the wealth.  These are the top three I’ve found.  I

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FEEDSPOT   Feedspot media database has over 100k Influential Bloggers in over 1500 niche categories.  I perused many of them and found only a few that were not updated in their database to reflect that they were no longer accepting reviews.  Definitely a great one-stop -shop!

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 REEDSY DISCOVERY   I’ve recently discovered Reedsy Discovery, an online platform where Reviewers, Authors and Readers unite to form an interactive community to support each other. You can get your book reviewed by potentially hundreds of reviewers, gain readers as followers, offer free snippets, promotions, and more.  A Fantastic Resource for any author to explore.

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BOOK SIRENS   Sign up for a FREE Account and gain access to literally thousands of Vetted book review blogs ALL WAITING to review your book! (Potentially)  You can do all the leg-work yourself OR you can pay a minimal fee (minimal as in $10) to have the site do the work for you.  Invaluable if you’re looking for a quick turn around on numerous reviews!

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Some quick reminders for Next Steps:

  • Be sure to read the review policy. First, check that the book blog you’re querying is open to review requests. If that’s the fortunate case, carefully read the blog’s review policy and make sure that you follow the directions.
  • Individualize your pitches. Book bloggers will be able to immediately tell apart the bulk pitches. If you didn’t take the time to craft a good pitch, why should the blogger take the time to read your book? Personalize each pitch to up your chances of getting a response.
  • Format your book in a professional manner before sending it out. Ensure that your manuscript isn’t sloppy.
  • Track your progress. The last thing you want to do is pitch to a review blog twice! Keeping a simple spread sheet or list will help you stay organized.

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Looking to learn even more about the process? Awesome 👍 For a detailed guide, check out this post that’s all about getting book reviews.

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~Morgan~

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