There is much work to do to gather book reviews from many sources. The new rules on Amazon mean that very few can get others to review their book on Amazon, with there having to be no social connection, no reciprocal book review, and the reader to be an Amazon customer of over $50 net.
There is however, the fact that you can ask for reviews in the back of your book.
Paid International Review
ReadersFavorite.com review — one free (not likely) or US$59
- List of 500,000 + review exchange + author forum
- Listed on RF site, KOBO, Google Books, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest
- Guaranteed review: 2 Week Express Review
- incl. mini critique of your book with ratings on five aspects
- incl. advertising for one month
IndieReader review — $US275 (5-9 weeks)
- Editorial review (i.e. not externally reviewed)
- All authors whose book receives a 4+ star review will be included in our monthly “Best Of” roundup on the IR site and sent to 10,000+ subscribers
Australian Book Review offers (Goodreads, their site, etc)
Writerful Books (free for limited time)
Books + Publishing Review (must be requested 3 months prior to launch and be written by Australian or New Zealand author)
Australian Book Bloggers. Listing of many amateur literary bloggers – click the category suiting your genre.
USA Book Reviewer Lists
Kindle Book Reviews (choose one reviewer to contact) — free
Reedsy Discovery submit — $50 US to gain exposure – almost any book type — open to global authors who have Amazon book.
BookPage Reviews. https://bookpage.com/content/submission-guidelines – 3 months in advance. Post to Nashville.
Barnes & Noble. If you publish with Amazon, you cannot apply for in-store retailer supply. Reviews are hard to come by. Applicable American authors.
Amazon Top Reviewers list. Tedious process (outlined via Dave Cheeson’s info below).
CONTACT AMAZON TOP REVIEWERS
Only top Amazon product reviewers on the Vine Program can now make their information available, book reviewers do NOT list their email.
So, what is a Top Amazon Reviewer? These are people who Amazon believes make the most reviews. They even get a little tag next to their reviews letting readers know that this is a professional reviewer.
Beware: This process is very tedious, and time consuming. I also find that most will reject the request. Those authors who benefited from this spent in ordinate amount of time following through. So, don’t dabble in this one. Either commit, or move on.
So, if you do decide to do this, how do you get the Amazon Top Reviewers to review your book?
Step 1: Go to the list of Amazon Top Reviewers
Step 2: Click on their profiles to see which books they’ve reviewed: No longer does Amazon have a specific spot for email address. However, most of the reviewers do have post their information in their bios, or list their social media and websites at the bottom (see below picture).
Step 3: Contact the reviewers: Depending on what source (social media, email, or website) contact them appropriately and see if they would be willing to review your book.
Pro-forma for a Simple Review Request
I noticed that you are ……………, so I hope you will enjoy my very practical book: [Book Title].
I am an Australian author, but my book relates to people around the world.
[add book description here – not hyped]
I would love you to review and return to myself (for Editorial Review) or if viable, please put it on Amazon:
BOOK REVIEW LINK: [Put your own ASIN or ISBN after the = ] http://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?&asin=B083XW2QC1
You are the only reviewer I contacted from [name of review site]. I hope that you and I will be in touch in some small way in future.
The ePub version is attached.