Tuesday, August 16, 2011

EBook Reviewers, by C. Hope Clark

Today, I’d like to share an editorial written by C. Hope Clark in her newsletter, Funds for Writers.


Now that everyone writes ebooks like grocery lists, we become faced with the all important issue of who will review these ebooks and make them famous on Amazon.

I love this question. I received it on Twitter a week ago (maybe with a touch of my snark added), and felt it worth pursuing. After all, I'll need reviewers in a few months for my own novel
(coming out in print and ebooks, thank you very much).

This is what I'm doing now . . . seven months ahead of release. I'm making a list of people who do reviews of mysteries and suspense. But how do you find those people? Where is that
wonderful website with a list of all those beautiful people?

Um, sorry. There isn't such a thing. So what do you do?

1. Google "book reviews" or "book reviewers." Add your genre in the search. One good resource is eBook Crossroads' Directory  Another is Review the Book, a site established by Reader Views, an editing and marketing service for writers.


2. Once you start researching those blogs, note the list of links they usually post down on the right. These, amazingly enough, are links to other reviewers. Like writers, they
tend to gravitate toward each other and become pals.

3. Join Twitter. Reviewers LOVE to post on Twitter. You can  find a list of reviewers through Media Bistro, via Galleycat,  one of my favorite daily reads, where they list book reviewers
on Twitter.


4. On Twitter, start following the authors of a few new  releases. I recently followed The Bird Sisters from a month before the release, through the release and subsequent book
tour. Reviewers were rabid about the book. I now follow many of them. I intend to ask some of them for reviews, and I can reference their fine reviews of The Bird Sisters.

5. On Facebook, locate book reviewers and be friends.

6. Ask other writers in your genre. How hard is that? Don't be afraid. Just ask.

7. Join writing organizations. Ask members for their lists. While an individual writer may be reluctant (I wouldn't understand why, but...), writers in professional organizations
are community-minded.

8. Ask other book reviewers. For instance, Midwest Book Review is noted for reviewing self-pubbed, indie and traditional books. They have been around forever, and Jim Cox is a professional. He even lists other book reviewers on his website.

9. Ask bloggers in your genre. They may not be formal book reviewers, but if they have a following of people who read your style book, ask them to read and mention your book.
I'm not a formal book reviewer, but if I see a book for writers that I think would make them happier, more productive, more successful, I ask to read it.

10. Go to author websites and blogs. They will most definitely post links to reviews on their books. Those are the reviewers you want. Author Mike Mullin wrote Ashfall,  a young adult book coming out from Tanglewood Press October2011. Go to his blog and website and see the string of  blurbs and reviews he already has, and his book doesn't even come out for three months. He even wrote a blog post about someone who gave him a one-star review, which totally
makes you sympathize with the author...and dislike the reviewer. Smart move!


Treat reviewers as you would agents and editors, y'all. They work hard for little compensation past free books. Thank them when they treat you well. Not with a quick "thank you for the book review" but a heart-felt message that shows you appreciated the hours this person spent
reading and analyzing your book. You owe him/her.

But another common sense way of receiving reviews is. . .reviewing someone else's book on Amazon or your blog. Writers are good in this tit-for-tat exchange. You like mine, I'll at least mention yours. Review the book, even if you bought it, especially if you bought it, and then
email the review to the author, along with a link to the actual review online.

Yep. Good karma. I promise.

C. Hope Clark

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Copyright 2000-2011, C. Hope Clark
ISSN: 1533-1326


  1. This was very helpful. Thanks, CHC! And to you too, Penny, for inviting her.

  2. Joylene, I'm always impressed with what Hope has to say in her editorials.