I’m still in the early stages of finding book reviewers for my cyber war novel, but I’ve found out a few things that I wanted to pass on.
—LinkedIn is a great place to find people. I’m fortunate here because I have a large network, but even if that’s not your situation you can still connect with strangers on LinkedIn who may be willing to read your book and write a review. Always write a note explaining why you’re reaching out to them specifically.
—There are a lot of paid review sites. I’m surprised by this, but I guess I shouldn’t be. Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, IndieReader… the list goes on. They will all have a reader write a review for a fee.
—Twitter is pretty happening. I’ve never been a big Twitter guy, but it turns out that if you put in the time to put yourself out there you can find journalists and authors who share your interests and may be willing to review your book if you ask nicely.
—Goodreads is for writers, too. I’ve spent a bit of time on Goodreads and the aspiring writer might do well to do the same. Most productive, perhaps, is joining relevant groups. For me post-apocalyptic groups like apocalypse whenever are fruitful grounds for finding like-minded readers and writers.
—Lean on your publisher (if you have one). Chances are, they’ve built up a stable of reviewers for other books in their backlist. Those people should be willing to take a look at your book, especially if it’s in the same genre as previously reviewed books.
—Reach out to other writers. They may be able to give you a blurb for your book (for whatever that’s worth). If you’ve got a thriller, cyber-themed book, or post-apocalyptic novel, reach out to me on Twitter. I might be able to help.
I admit that this is a pretty sparse list. Hopefully, though, it’s a good place for you to start if you’re looking to find book reviewers for your newly-published novel. Good luck!