5 Tips To Get Book Endorsements and Reviews
“The best time to start promoting your book is 3 years ago. The second best a year ago. If that’s not possible, start now.”
That book promotion advice is especially true when it comes to endorsements and reviews. You’re more likely to get praising blurbs from people who know you, like you and whose backs you’ve rubbed.
But if you don’t have those connections yet, don’t despair. You can get endorsements and reviews with a kick ass book, thorough research, well crafted emails, determination and follow-up. Have faith in you and your book.
Here are my top 4 tips for getting endorsements and reviews:
1. Lay the foundation.
Join a reader/writer community of your own genre at least 4 months before your book comes out. It can be a fan forum, Kindle author forum or Twitter hashtag group or what ever medium suits you and your Ideal Readers. Dedicate 10 minutes a day to getting to know some people there. If they have blogs, read them and comment.
I recommend the wonderful WANA community (We Are Not Alone). Our Twitter hashtag is #MyWANA. Twitter is a great way to discover the blogs of WANAs and frequent them.
Also, make your book as gorgeous as it can be. You need a pretty cover and top notch blurb. Having a clear website with all the information readers and book bloggers might need is a big plus.
2. Call in favors.
When you have blogging buddies who read your genre, ask them to blog a review and/or post a short review to Goodreads or Amazon. Return the favor when their book is out.
And don’t forget to pimp your book to your flesh space friends who read. Pester… er, cajole them to post reviews to Goodreads and Amazon. If they loved your book, they’ll do it gladly.
3. Know your field and give before you ask.
Follow a few book blogs of your genre that review books you enjoy. Leave comments and share their links – book bloggers appreciate the love as much as any blogger. If you’ve given first, they’ll remember you and might be more willing to review your book if they have time.
For endorsements for indie authors, it might be smart to focus on succesful self-published authors in your genre. Another great option is writers whose workshops or courses you have taken. You can also use snippets of reviews as endorsements.
To get 2 reviews/endorsements, you might have to ask as many as 10 people. Authors and book reviewers are busy, and reviewers have To Read Lists as long as your arm. Make it as easy as possible for them to review your book. Give them all the information in your email and have a clear and informative website. Maybe even create a specific section there for reviewers.
4. Do book giveaways like crazy.
Give em away on your blog, your friends’ blogs (bribe them with guest posts) and on blog tours. The more books out there, the more likely they’re read and reviewed by readers. Rafflecopter is your friend. Goodreads is another great place to get your book baby on the hands on readers.
5. Keep gathering reviews after the book release.
Reviews are important even after the launch. Book blogger reviews give you visibility and reader reviews give you credibility. Once you’ve established an email list, you can ask readers to post their reviews in Goodreads and Amazon. The more reviews there are, the easier it is to get more. It’s a snowball effect.
Last but not least, check out these links with more specific advice:
Reviews and Endorsements: Do They Matter? by Darcy Helle
Quotes For Your Book – How and Why to Get Them by Sue Collier
8 Step Plan For Landing Book Promotion Endoresements by Dana Lynn Smith
Gutsy Book Buzz: How to Get Endorsements by Sonia Marsh
7 Ways to Get Your Book Reviewed by Dana Lynn Smith
Indie Book Reviewer – A Listing of Bloggers Who Review Indie Books
Getting Reviewed – The Indie Author Condundrum by Eric Dontigney
How to Get Books Reviewed by Giacomo Giammatteo (Giveaways are they key to getting reader reviews)
How to Write an Email That Will Win You A Book Review by Catherine Ryan Howard.
Getting Book Reviews: 10 Things Reviewers Hate by Alexander Tate
Requesting Book Reviews by the Bookish Babe