Finding Book Reviewers Outside of the Traditional Media Book World

For most authors, regardless of how he or she was published, finding book reviewers is a challenge since everyone an author contacts may say no.

At the top of my list is The Midwest Book Review (http://www.midwestbookreview.com/) which posts reviews on Amazon, and you may link from your Website and/or Blog to that review which gives your work credibility.

Book reviews from reputable sources like the MBR may be the deciding factor in someone buying your work.  There is no way to know what it is that helps someone decide to buy and read so as authors, we should pursue all reputable avenues and book reviews are one of them.

The Book Connector at http://www.bookconnector.com/ is one place to find literary and genre Blogs that offer to read your work and write a book review. Some Blogs charge and many don’t.  I suggest staying away from those that charge.  Some of the information at the Book Connector is free but gaining access to all of the information will cost a small fee.

The more popular the book review Blog, the more difficult it is to have them accept your work. Some Blogs may have a few followers and others have hundreds and thousands, who read the reviews and sometimes buy.

When your work receives a glowing review from a popular book review Blog, you may also link to that review from your Website and or Blog. 

The more links, the higher your search engine visibility.

The traditional publishing industry has turned to the Internet and book review Blogs too.

Another way to get reviews is to hire PR agencies that specialist in the virtual world like Pump Up Your Book Promotion at http://www.pumpupyourbookpromotion.com/ or AME (Author Marketing Experts, Inc.) at http://www.amarketingexpert.com/

The Midwest Book Review also offers a list of other Book Reviewers at http://www.midwestbookreview.com/links/othr_rev.htm

You may go after reviews on your own for free or pay PR agencies (like the two mentioned in this post) to do it for you, who specialize in promotions on the Internet. 

Don’t forget, you get what you pay for.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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