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October 12, 2011

Getting ebook reviews

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Every author wants feedback, but getting book reviews can be time consuming and challenging. 

Here’s where I think that having an ebook provides a real advantage.

According to statistics, over two billion people use the internet on a regular basis.  That’s two billion potential customers for your ebook and the potential for tons of feedback.

So how do you go about getting the word out to reviewers?

Well, in my case, I submitted my book to an actual publisher (not a vanity press) so that I’d have the clout of my publishing company to help publicize my book.  My publisher submits all their books to many different review sites so they’ve already done a big chunk of the work for me.

But don’t despair if you did decide to self publish.  You can google “ebook reviewers” and get lots of results from blogs (where the owner has already compiled lists for you) to other sites that list ebook review sites.  Here are a few to get you started:

http://www.ebookcrossroads.com/ebook-reviewers.html

http://www.tinahunter.ca/links/ebook-reviewers/

http://www.twilighttimes.com/practical_tips4.html  (scroll down the page to find reviewers)

Getting reviews not only hooks potential new customers into buying your ebook but having numerous reviews also means that your ebook’s title will show up with more results with search engines. 

My suspense novel has been reviewed on amazon.com, the Pen and Muse, Coffee Time Romance and most recently on Pulist http://www.pulist.net/when-love-wont-die.html

It may take some time but keep contacting reviewers online.  All it costs is a free download of your ebook.  And don’t forget to encourage everyone who’s read your book to go and post a review wherever it’s available.

Don’t be discouraged if you submit to review sites and don’t get a review.  Just make sure you submit.

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12 Comments »

  1. Thank you for this information. I’m not anywhere near ready to publish yet, but I like to gather informed info whenever I can.
    It’s good of you to help people like this.

    Comment by Neeks — October 12, 2011 @ 6:45 PM | Reply

    • Hey, thanks for the kind words. I feel that sharing information is something I can give back.
      What are you writing?

      Comment by dramaquill — October 13, 2011 @ 12:10 PM | Reply

  2. Thank you for sharing. I am in the process of trying to find ebook reviewers, and what you said about it being time consuming and challenging is right on the mark. Still looking.

    Comment by judegarrison — November 3, 2011 @ 3:53 PM | Reply

    • Best of luck with your ebook and finding places/people to review it. If you’re active on any discussion lists, post requests there, too.

      Comment by dramaquill — November 3, 2011 @ 10:42 PM | Reply

  3. Thanks for the information. I know this will help me in the future. I’ll need it in the future for sure.

    Comment by Common Reviews — February 3, 2012 @ 9:36 AM | Reply

  4. Thanks 4 the usefull Info lady,

    I’m seeking Reviews of my 1st Ebook now. It’s entitled: “How They Poisoned Our Drinking Water” (all across the U.S.)
    All about the Fluoride in water, mercury in ALL fish, 20-state RECALL in fish = Salmonella poisoning from ‘Sushi’, 45 pgs on the Fukushima-Radiation on the food (especially in Calif) and in most Drinking Waters, and a 2012 UPDATE on “continuing Releases” from Fukushima.
    240 pgs = whew! took me 9 months.
    If you’d write me a Review, I can send you a free copy, just email me at: bonniespring35@yahoo.com
    Keep on writing, Bonnie

    Comment by Bonnie springwester — April 17, 2012 @ 6:29 PM | Reply

    • Hey Bonnie:

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out my site.
      Congrats on having your first ebook published.
      I have a couple questions:
      1. Who’s your publisher (or did you self-publish)?
      2. Do you have a site/blog?

      Get back to me and we’ll chat further about a review.
      Thanks

      Comment by dramaquill — April 18, 2012 @ 11:27 AM | Reply

  5. I am currently building my online client base for Abner Publishing. I understand the need for reviews for your books and if your manuscript is submitted to me for review- even if rejected by the Abner Publishing Group- I will leave a review and hopefully help bolster your future sales! http://www.abnerpublishing.com

    Comment by Chandra McGuire — June 27, 2012 @ 4:40 AM | Reply

  6. Highly descriptive post, I loved that bit.
    Will there be a part 2?

    Comment by http://sembcontkibooks.us — August 28, 2014 @ 3:12 PM | Reply

    • I’m sure I’ll write more about promoting and marketing ebooks in the future but no part 2 scheduled for this one at this time. Keep checking back and thanks for reading.

      Comment by dramaquill — August 28, 2014 @ 3:32 PM | Reply

  7. I love what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the superb works guys I’ve added you guys
    to blogroll.

    Comment by book marketing — June 7, 2016 @ 12:19 PM | Reply

  8. There’s definately a great deal to learn about this topic.
    I like all the points you have made.

    Comment by Bong88 — September 20, 2016 @ 6:50 PM | Reply


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