Easy author hack for more book reviews

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One of my favorite marketing strategies is pretty simple: Study what successful people are doing and copy them.

Authors can do this with the best-selling or well-known authors in their genre or category, too.

That’s the approach behind today’s hack for getting more book reviews. This one focuses specifically on getting book reviews on blogs.

It will take you seconds — literally seconds — to find bloggers who review books just like yours.

Here’s a short, 2.5-minute video showing you how to do it.

Loose transcript for getting more book reviews video

You’ll get more out of this if you watch the short video, but here’s a loose transcript:

  • Here’s a quick and easy author hack for finding more blogs that review books in your genre or category.
  • It starts with Google. I’ll show you an example for both fiction and nonfiction.
  • Type the name of a popular author in your genre or category plus “book review” into the search box.
  • You’ll get a list of bloggers that reviewed that author’s books.
  • (I go through this process for a romance novelist and a business book author.)
  • These bloggers might review your book, too.

More ways to find reviewers

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I’ve just finished updating the eight-page list of book review sites and resources that come with our one-hour “How to Get Honest Book Reviews in 3 Easy Steps” audio training.

The downloadable PDF list that accompanies the audio training offers lists and specific sites for literary/media/trade reviews, book review sites, and bloggers who review books.

If you know you need reviews but haven’t done much to get them because you don’t know where to start or how to request them, you’ll want to listen to this training. You’ll discover what’s working today for authors and how to put those tactics to work for your book, too.

How do you get reviews for your books? What’s working for you right now? Share your best tip in a comment! 


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11 Responses to Easy author hack for more book reviews
  1. Kathy Steinemann
    August 23, 2017 | 8:59 am

    Thanks, Sandra! Your Google tip is excellent. I plan to investigate all the resources you’ve provided.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      August 23, 2017 | 10:28 am

      So glad you like it, Kathy! Thanks for the feedback.

      Sandy

  2. Prissy Elrod
    August 23, 2017 | 5:18 pm

    So smart…who knew?
    Love getting all your tips…Many thanks!
    Prissy

    • Sandra Beckwith
      August 23, 2017 | 5:40 pm

      So glad you like them, Prissy! Thanks!

      Sandy

  3. Cat Michaels
    August 24, 2017 | 1:45 pm

    Love this hack and will try it for my kid lit tales. btw….so nice to HEAR you, Sandra!

    • Sandra Beckwith
      August 24, 2017 | 2:03 pm

      Glad you like it, Cat! And, well, yeah, someday you might even SEE me, too!

      Sandy

  4. C. E. Noel
    August 30, 2017 | 8:18 pm

    Thanks a million! This is sound advice, and I certainly will use it when the time comes. First. to get my book published, he, he.

    Good luck to you and all your followers.

    • Sandra Beckwith
      August 30, 2017 | 9:30 pm

      Thanks, C.E. Good luck finishing the book. Try to find time to learn how to market it before it’s done — you’ll be glad you did.

      Sandy

  5. Billie Tekel Elias
    November 20, 2017 | 12:04 pm

    Dear Sandra,
    This is a useful tip. I immediately plugged in the name of an author I know with “book review” into a Google search and the top result was so specifically focused to my target audience: a publication catering to Jews in Philadelphia!
    My question is, what are the best words to use to get them to review my book? I don’t think I should be saying “you reviewed Mme. X’s book, perhaps you’d be interested in mine.” Do you have advice on your blog?
    Thanks,
    Billie

    • Kathy Steinemann
      November 20, 2017 | 1:26 pm

      Billie, this is the type of email I send.

      *****
      Dear [REVIEWER’S NAME],

      I found [REVIEWER’S WEBSITE URL] while searching Google for book review sites.

      Would you be interested in writing a review for [BOOK TITLE]?

      “[ONE-LINE BOOK BLURB]”

      This is the URL for its official page: [URL OR LINK TO SALES PAGE]

      If you’re interested, I can send you a copy in [AVAILABLE FORMATS (mobi, epub, PDF, RTF, etc.)] format.

      Thanks for considering my request, and [MESSAGE APPROPRIATE TO THE REVIEWER’S INTERESTS].

      [COMPLIMENTARY CLOSE]

      *****

      • Sandra Beckwith
        November 20, 2017 | 11:33 pm

        Thank you, Kathy! You’re a gem!

        Sandy

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