by C. Patrick Schulze
If you’ve decided to self-publish, you already realize every aspect of marketing your novel falls in your lap. And within the marketing arena, one of the most difficult things to accomplish is to have your self-published novel reviewed. In this blog post, I’ll offer some tips on how to get your self-published novel reviewed and hope you find some that’ll work for you.
First, you need your marketing pack, a sales tool all authors need. Your pack should include those same things a traditionally published author uses: a marketing post card, a professional head shot and letterhead for your author’s bio, information about your novel and blurbs. VistaPrint, among other shops, can do the printing of your marketing pieces. You’ll want to seek at least fifty reviews, so have that many packets on hand.
You want to have this material ready three to four months ahead of your pub date as that is when you’ll ask for your novel reviews. This means, of course, your book will not yet be published when you seek your reviews though you must have your completed novel in hand.
Okay, you’ve got your completed manuscript in hand and all marketing materials ready. Now, where do you get these coveted reviews?
Consider these sources:
Other authors in your genre
Organizations that relate to your novel
Bloggers Book review websites
Every major newspaper, especially your local rags
And of course, Amazon.com
While performing my research for this article, I found a number of websites that have self-published novel review sections. Take a look at:
Here are a couple of secrets to know when you contact these people or organizations. You should consider them individually in lieu of mass mailing to everyone. Many will have specific requirements you must follow for consideration and it’s in your best interest to follow those directions. Another secret is to seek out niche reviewers. They may have influence over those people who might have the most interest in your novel. And finally, I’m certain there’s no need to remind you that basic courtesy goes a long way when asking for reviews.
Now for a few more sites that may have more information on the subject.
By the way, here’s a link I found that tells you have to get your self-published novel into Barnes and Noble. http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/how_to_get_your_self.htm
I hope you found something here to help you get your self-published book reviewed. If so, maybe it’ll help you achieved that best-seller status I wish for each of you.