The Value of a Book Review
Having someone review your book is like a blind date – you are never exactly sure what you’re going to get. The date could be great and lead to a second date, or it could be the most miserable few hours of your life. But with both a book review and a blind date, you won’t know how it will all turn out until you try.
When you publish with Dellarte Press we offer you a professional review through Clarion ForeWord Book Reviews. Purchasing these services guarantees your book will be reviewed by a professional book reviewer. However, you may attempt to get your book reviewed on your own by following these steps.
No matter which avenue you choose to take, a book review can be a helpful promotional tool for your book. Yes, it can be scary because if you get a bad review it will still be out there published or perhaps in cyberspace. However, even a bad review can encourage people to talk about your book and it can help you write a better book next time. So don’t be shy or afraid – start working on promoting your book today with a book review.
Commit to a Review
The first step is to commit to having a review of your book done. This may be more of a mental process for you than anything and will ultimately result in you making a decision to put yourself and your book out on a limb to be reviewed.
Do Your Research
Once you’ve made up your mind to have your book reviewed, the second step is to research what kind of magazine, periodical, blog, etc. would be the best fit for a review about your book. Through this step always keep your audience in mind because you don’t want to submit your book to a magazine that your target audience doesn’t read. What appeals to them the most?
Once you’ve decided on where you’d like to have your book reviewed do as much reading and research about that publication as possible. Familiarize yourself with their writing style and what they look for in books they review. Make sure you carefully review their submission guidelines to ensure your book is something they are even interested in. If possible, get to know their reviewers and other staff to see if there is someone in particular you would like to have review your book.
Promote Your Book
The next step is to promote your book to the publication. This can be done by submitting a brief cover letter containing your availability for interviews and all your contact information. You will also want to include a press release about your book, any previous interviews you’ve done and any upcoming events. A press release can tell a lot about you and your book so it’s important that your press release is well written and contains relevant information.
Follow Up for Success
Finally, you have to follow up. Don’t just sit back and expect the moment you submit your information that you will instantly receive a glowing review. A publication is not obligated to review your book just because you submitted information. If you haven’t heard anything within a few weeks it is wise to follow up with a phone call or by e-mail. If you are never granted an interview or a review by a certain publication, don’t be angry or bitter; move on to the next one and try again.
Ready to take the book review plunge? Get started today by checking out our reviewing services or start working on your own process using the tips above.
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