How does an obscure independent writer get book reviews? This is a touchy question that is often met with confusion. The old Catch-22 comes into play: you need more reviews to build your platform, yet being obscure it’s difficult to get reviews.
Let’s explore some options:
1) Purchasing reviews: I don’t encourage it because it’s unethical and expensive. And if you by chance decide to take a chance you’re reputation may take a hit if word gets out. Not a good option.
2) Amazon promotions: I had high hopes for this, but I haven’t yet reaped the reward of giving away books for reviews. Maybe out of 500 books given out I’ve gotten 2-3 reviews. Again, not a winning solution.
3) Giveaways: This could work. It does for some. Others, not so much. But you could do it on an experimental basis. It’s worked somewhat from my experiences.
4)Goodreads: I’ve actually had great success here. Have I gotten a review from every free books I’ve given away. No, but over 75% of the folks I’ve asked have helped and I’ve built up a lot of reviews because of them. Which leads me to the next option.
5) Building relationships with people: This is the only guaranteed way to get tons of reviews. Sure it takes time, but it’s worth it. You have to connect with people, both in the real world and online, and when you sincerely put in the time and show people you care about them, then you’ve found your way.
T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs 4-5 times a week about writing, self-publishing, and sales & marketing. Please subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. He will dance on his hands if you do.