Although I continue to submit to PW and other such pubs, I now spend more time seeking reviews from another very important media source: book review blogs.
There are literally thousands of comprehensive and entertaining book blogs hosted by people who love to read (and write!) about what they read.
Interestingly, many of these bloggers are librarians, book store owners, editors, and other knowledgeable folks in the book business. A well-placed review on one of their blogs can create quite a bit of publicity for your book.
Here are a few popular book review blogs:
So how do you submit a book for review to one of these sites? For starters, check out these tips:
- Study the blog (better yet, become a regular reader or subscriber) and decide if it’s an appropriate review source for your book
- Pay attention to the blog’s submission guidelines. You’ll find these listed under headings such as “Review policy” “Submission guidelines,” “For publishers,” etc.
- Check out other books reviewed on the site (found in the archives) and decide if they’re similar to your book
- Craft a personal and well-written e-pitch to the blog editor asking him/her to consider your book for review. Find the editor’s email address under “Contact,” “About me,” “Profile,” etc.
- Offer to send a complimentary book copy to the editor. Ask him/her for a mailing address so you can send a free book.
For more friendly advice from an actual book blogger, click here.
In future posts, I’ll offer advice on how to write an effective e-pitch to blog editors so they’re eager to read your book. Stay tuned . . .