Short of getting your cat to persuade your readers to leave a review of your book, how do you get people to review your book?
Of course, this is the first step. Anyone who buys your book in front of you, or someone you hand your book to, you need to sincerely ask for a review. Look the person in the eye and let them know how helpful it is to you if they can leave you a review. If you are mailing a book to someone, put a personal note inside the book asking for a review.
Of course, you have that same request (and easy link in your ebooks) in the back of your book. That’s a given.
It’s important not to get upset when these people forget or they just aren’t comfortable leaving you a review. It may not even be about you or your book. Just be happy when reviews show up.
- Book Giveaways
I think these things are good to do, but not for getting reviews. I don’t find people who get free books automatically leave reviews. I think book giveaways are better for connecting to readers. And this can eventually lead to word of mouth sales or at minimal, word of mouth reads. Maybe it will lead to a review, but don’t hold your breath.
So what is a author to do?
We can help each other!
I am aware of two facebook groups of writers through BooksGoSocial where authors read and review other authors.
This group requires you buy a book on Amazon and post the official review before you can ask for a review for your book. This is because Amazon will post reviews that are verified purchases. They don’t always post reviews that are not verified purchases. They will only allow a certain percent of non-purchased reviews.
In this group, you pick a book with the same price point as the book you will want a review for yourself (and you are only allowed to pick the last on the post list) – books that cost e.g. $.01 -.99 or $1.00 – 2.99 etc.
There is also a post for shorter books.
Then there is the BooksGoSocial Book Review Club
In this group, you are not required to buy a book, but you are required to prove you have reviewed another author’s book on Amazon.
Both of these groups require you to be accepted into the group and that you participate in the group, plus you can’t do review swaps – you review my book and I’ll review yours. Amazon can find these and they will take down these types of reviews.
Both of these groups are for middle grade through adult novels – fiction and non-fiction.
BooksGoSocial also has a group for children’s authors. Though this is not specific for reviews.
Hopefully all authors review any book they read, but these are 2 ways to guarantee you get reviews that are so helpful to you.