5 Simple and Ethical Ways to Get Book Reviews

5 Simple and Ethical Ways to Get Book Reviews by Susan Barton

If you’re an author, you know how important those elusive book reviews are. You also know just how difficult they can be to get. In a previous post, I talked about Amazon’s newly updated TOS. You might think that it’s now harder than ever to get book lovers to read and review your book. With a little ingenuity and determination, you can still safely and ethically approach book bloggers in the hopes of getting them to leave a review of your book.

1. Schedule a Kindle Freebie

This option is first because it’s an excellent way to get the all-important Amazon verified review. Even when a book is purchased during a free promo, it’s registered as an actual purchase. With a little preplanning, you can time your promo with an email campaign informing book bloggers about your upcoming freebie. Don’t do it too far in advance, since people will very likely forget about your freebie when the actual date rolls around. For best results, schedule your promo to run for at least two or three days and send out your email campaign the morning of the first day.

2. Sponsor a Goodreads Giveaway

You can sponsor a Goodreads book giveaway at anytime. You can also decide how many copies you wish to give away. Goodreads now offers an eBook giveaway, but there’s a fee. A print giveaway is still free.

3. Host a Rafflecopter Giveaway

If you don’t already have one, sign up for a Rafflecopter account and schedule a giveaway. Email your contacts to let them know about your giveaway and send them the Rafflecopter code to post on their own websites.

4. Submit Your Book to eBook Stage

Sign up for an eBook Stage account and register your book. Then schedule a Kindle freebie and submit your freebie to eBook Stage. There’s a nominal fee, but it’s definitely worth it since they have a huge mailing list of book lovers looking for daily free and discounted books. There are similar services, so do your research to find the most cost-effective option for you.

5. Place a Contact Form on Your Website

If you don’t already have an author website or blog, you had better get one asap. Create a contact page, where you offer free copies of your book.

Regardless of which methods you use, remember to never state that your free book is contingent upon a book review. You cannot expect, or especially ask for, a book review. You may or may not receive a review in return, but it’s well worth the effort.