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Kristina Losito

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What is the best way to find reviewers for my novel?
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 5:08 PM
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Should I search through amazon some how or look on twitter?

Thank you in advance for any help!
Donna St Felix

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Re: What is the best way to find reviewers for my novel?
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 5:23 PM   in response to: Kristina Losito in response to: Kristina Losito
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Kristina Losito wrote:
Should I search through amazon some how or look on twitter?

You write good books and wait for reviews to come in.
If you try to buy reviews you can get into trouble.
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Salamander Mall...

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Re: What is the best way to find reviewers for my novel?
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 7:21 PM   in response to: Kristina Losito in response to: Kristina Losito
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Kristina Losito wrote:
Should I search through amazon some how or look on twitter?

Thank you in advance for any help!


Market your book, but do make sure you have something worth marketing. As you make hundreds of sales, reviews will come your way eventually. The rule of thumb is one review for each hundred sales, though it's common to get ahead of the curve if you market your book effectively during the first six months when you have the greatest visibility. If you don't get the sales, you might need to take an objective look at your product; if you get sales but no reviews, then you might not have written a book that will motivate even the minority of readers who post reviews to leave one. You can't force people, nor does a review really make your book any better or worse than it is.
vasantdave

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Posted: Oct 30, 2017 7:24 PM   in response to: Kristina Losito in response to: Kristina Losito
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I searched for blogs which reviewed the genre of my novel, i.e. historical fiction, and approached them for a frank review. Some of them responded positively. In the process, I also learnt from them several setbacks in my style of narrating the plot. I worked on those aspects patiently, and rectified them in subsequent editions. If you are ready to take constructive criticism, you might like to follow my strategy; but please remember, once in a while you do bump into a sarcastic or a harsh reviewer.
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Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Oct 31, 2017 8:03 AM   in response to: vasantdave in response to: vasantdave
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vasantdave wrote:
I searched for blogs which reviewed the genre of my novel, i.e. historical fiction, and approached them for a frank review. Some of them responded positively. In the process, I also learnt from them several setbacks in my style of narrating the plot. I worked on those aspects patiently, and rectified them in subsequent editions. If you are ready to take constructive criticism, you might like to follow my strategy; but please remember, once in a while you do bump into a sarcastic or a harsh reviewer.
Vasant Davé
https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005E34E6Y

Reviewers are neither mentors nor teachers and the marketplace is not a creative writing classroom. You may indeed improve as a writer as reviewers rip apart your books, but you also run the risk of driving away customers and establishing a reputation as a hack. If you're going to chase after reviews (not a good idea), it's best to wait until your skills have risen to the point where a reviewer can comment on the story and not your writing...but the same might be said of publishing as well.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Posted: Oct 31, 2017 3:26 PM   in response to: Kristina Losito in response to: Kristina Losito
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Put an appeal to the reader at the end of your book, with a link to your book review page on goodreads and the zon. I would recommend against soliciting book bloggers, as this is a potential recipe for disaster.
Syrus Durham

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Re: What is the best way to find reviewers for my novel?
Posted: Oct 31, 2017 6:03 PM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
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There's nothing wrong with soliciting book bloggers. As long as they state in their reviews that they received a copy from the publisher (or in KDP's case, the author) in exchange for an honest review, they're covered. I have a writing colleague who has dozens of reviews from book bloggers with no sign of disaster.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Posted: Oct 31, 2017 6:09 PM   in response to: Syrus Durham in response to: Syrus Durham
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Perhaps. But it only takes one poor review to ruin the average for the typical newbie with a first book. Bloggers are mostly an arrogant lot with an over-inflated sense of self-importance. They also do not, typically, represent the average reader. And they demand free copies of the book. Why bother? Reviews aren't that important, and they come on their own anyway. What really matters are followers.
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