The Perfect Book Reviewer

Death_to_stock_photography_wild_5You have finally finished your book. After all the long hours of back numbing writing and research, your baby has finally arrived. You have been dreaming about the success of this book before it was actually written. You can see yourself selling a million copies and countless of agents are just trying to find creative ways to talk to you about representation and movie deals. Let’s just take a breath for a second, after months or maybe years of self-doubt and discipline you are finally finished with your book. For the modern author, the work has just begun. There used to be a time when all a writer had to do was concentrate on writing good material their book got published, they sat and enjoyed the fruits of their labor. That reality quickly became a fantasy  after the birth of social media, writers are expected to be more involved with the publication process.

It is very important for a writer to have a detailed marketing plan and a couple of book reviewers to get their book in front the appropriate audience. In this post I am going to focus on how I would find the right reviewer for my book.

So you need a book reviewer easy right, the modern book reviewer does not have an ad in the classifieds. The modern book reviewer can be found on reviewing sites like Goodreads, Amazon etc. Some reviewers even have their own blogs that they post reviews on; a blog equipped with their contact information. Finding a reviewer isn’t the problem, finding the right one for your work is challenging. For instance, if you’re writing a romance novel, you wouldn’t ask a reviewer who review mostly sci-fi novels to review your contemporary romance novel.

Book reviewers hang out on sites like Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter etc. Twitter is great because many reviewers post their contact information or a link to their blog. It’s like a virtual business card, you get to see how serious the book reviewer is. For example, how often do they post and you also get to see the quality of reviews they write before reaching out to them.


Questions I would ask to find the perfect book reviewer.

  1. How long have you been a book critic?
  2. Can you tell me about the last five books you’ve read?
  3. Do you specialize in any skill that would be valuable in assessing my book? (For example, some book reviewers sometimes have a background in editorial and or publishing.)
  4. What are your rates?
  5.  How soon can I expect my review?
  6. Can you provide me with a few samples of your best reviews?

There are sites that allow you to upload your book for free and get feedback but if you don’t want to put your baby on display, a professional book reviewer is the answer.

Before committing to any book reviewer you could have some questions of your own. If not feel free to use mine. A good reviewer will help you prepare your book for your audience, allowing you to put your best foot forward. A good review should be constructive and it would help you shape your characters more and you will get someone’s opinion on your work, which I find to be invaluable.

Thank you for visiting until next time.








18 thoughts on “The Perfect Book Reviewer

  1. Great post! We all need reviews but I don’t think new authors (myself included) really appreciate the role of book reviews in situating your book in front of the right audience.


    1. Thank you again, I read alot of books and it helps to read a spoiler free assessment of a new authors work. It’s become too easy to publish books so it’s hard to find good quality writing. A good reviewer is your biggest fan.

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  2. With half a million books published each year, I’ve found the problem isn’t finding the right reviewer, but finding any reviewer at all. Most reviewers who do it for the love of books are inundated with review requests. Yes, you can ask family and friends to review your book, but I think that’s only a notch above paying for a positive review.

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    1. I can see your point.
      When you pay a professional book reviewer to review your book, you are not paying for a positive review. You’re paying a reading fee to a professional that’s giving you an honest assessment of what your book meant to them as a reader. It’s very hard to find good reviewer intended for your book. Now that it is easy to publish a book, writer’s have to work harder and develop marketing plans and research and review professionals that can give your book a fighting chance.


  3. These are really good tips! Especially for people who are new to the whole process of writing. I’ll definitely keep these questions in mind for the future.

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  4. Happy New Year. This is ‘What If I Go?’ blurb out on 31.1.17. Any suggestions as to where to find a reviewer for my arc gratefully received. Thanks, Polly.

    ‘Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal.

    While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?

    Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By dropping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path… Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?

    Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.’

    A cautionary tale for older teens, parents—anyone who’s questioned how innocent students from good families are so easily sucked into the sleazy underworld.


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