Finding book reviewers can be a wearisome task. With few comprehensive lists and guides, it can be tough to know where to look and who to send your story to.
Some websites and services exist promoting book review services. But their prices can be staggeringly high and the results not guaranteed. That’s why I put together this list of book reviewers. It covers all genres, but being a speculative fiction writer, there are quite a lot of fantasy book reviewers on here too.
The Importance of Book Reviews
Getting reviews is important. Not only do they send a positive message to the world that your book is worth buying, but it gives writers crucial affirmation that they have the ability to do the thing they’ve poured their hearts and soul into.
Most of the lovely people below review all genres from all authors and publishers—traditional to indie and everything in between. And they’re all truly wonderful people who love the written word.
As well as a list of over 200 book reviewers and bloggers, I’ve provided my insights into how to successfully get reviews, where to look and a bit more about what they are and why they’re important.
Quick Tips On Getting Book Reviews
Before we get into the meat of the topic, here are a few quick tips on seeking book reviews:
- Don’t send your book to a reviewer straight off the bat. You have to pitch it to them first, pique their interest and hope they request a copy for review.
- Give a brief description of your book and state why you think it would be of interest to them and their followers, and wrap it up by offering to send them a copy in the format of their choosing. If you also mention that you have no time frame for the review in mind, reviewers tend to appreciate that.
- Be prepared to send reviewers a copy of your book in the format of their choosing. More often than not it’ll be MOBI (Kindle), EPUB, PDF, or on the odd occasion, paperback. If you just have a Word Doc and need to convert it to other formats, try using Calibre eBook Management. Totally free and converts your docs to a high standard.
- Have your blurb, book links and cover image ready to send along with your book. All of them may well be requested.
- Read the guidelines. Each reviewer has their own preference with what to include. Some like the blurbs, others prefer links to the likes of Goodreads. So be sure you have your Goodreads page ready to rock too.
What Is A Book Review?
A book review is the honest opinion of a published piece of fiction or non-fiction. This review might be published on online stores like Amazon, websites like Goodreads and Bookbub, and on the sites of book bloggers and reviewers.
Many book reviews are given voluntarily and free of charge. Some writers and publishers may solicit reviews, seeking honest opinions in exchange for free copies. Some platforms charge writers for reviews.
Why Are Book Reviews Important?
A book review is a great way for a writer to help spread the word about their book. Honest opinions of dedicated readers, especially ones with followings, can help a writer reach new audiences.
And when it comes to convincing people to take a chance on your story, if you have a bunch of flowing book reviews, it’s going to help defeat the cynicism in their mind and encourage them to take a chance.
I’ve experienced the benefit of this first hand. When Pariah’s Lament came out, more people bought copies off of the back of the early reviews. People would say to me “the reviews were brilliant; I’ve got my copy.”
Reviews tell people what the book is about. While we writers are supposed to contribute to that end, it can be difficult to remove yourself from the story and present it as a reader. In fact, writing a blurb and synopsis can be more difficult than writing the book!
The Vital Role That Book Bloggers and Reviewers Play In The Publishing Industry
The role that book bloggers and reviewers play in the publishing industry cannot be understated.
They’re relied upon by everyone in the industry from major publishing houses to self-published authors to help spread the word and drum up interest and excitement for new releases.
What makes it all the more admirable is that many book reviewers do it for free.
Do Book Reviewers Get Paid?
Not all book reviewers get paid for the work that they do. Many of them do it purely for the love of reading. To help upcoming authors—and even the more established ones—promote their work.
They share their thoughts to hopefully inspire and encourage others to pick up books, and for that, we must always salute those unfaltering book reviewers.
How To Find Book Reviewers
Unfortunately, finding book reviewers is quite a tedious task. There are some paid services like NetGalley but the prices are eye-watering.
It’s because of this I put together this growing list of book reviewers. For me, it always serves as a starting point.
But there are other platforms you can use to solicit reviews for your books, some of them free, some of them paid.
- StoryOrigin – free for now (moving to a paid platform in mid-April 2021)
- BookSirens – a small fee to register a book and $2 per accepted review
- BookSprout – free with paid upgrades
And then you have social media. Twitter is always a good place to find reviewers, but overtaking it now is Instagram.
The thriving #bookstagram community specialise in presenting your book in aesthetically beautiful ways. I reached lots of new people via Instagram reviews and now it’s becoming more of a focus when soliciting book reviews.
Other hashtags that you can search for include:
Finding Fantasy Book Reviewers
I love to write fantasy, and this list began as a list of fantasy book reviewers. So when it comes to finding book bloggers operating in this particular genre, there were a few extra things I did.
First, I took a look at my bookshelf and noted all of my favourite fantasy books. Then I searched for them, followed by “book review” and had a look for blogs and websites reviewing them.
Another way is to use fantasy-specific hashtags, such as:
Looking in fantasy groups on the likes of Facebook is a great way too. This list of fantasy writing groups might help.
How Do You Pitch Your Book To A Reviewer?
Book bloggers get bombarded with review requests every week. The more popular the blog, the more requests they’re likely to get.
This can make it tricky for a writer to stand out from the crowd. But there are a few things you can do:
- Always be polite and courteous. Appreciate the position the book reviewer may be in—swamped with requests, pushed for time maybe, with this being their hobby, after all.
- Provoke curiosity. This is a pitch. We need to sell the story to the reviewer. Lure them in with intriguing detail. Give them a means to learn more if they want to (a link to your Goodreads page perhaps).
- Read their guidelines and adhere to them.
- Offer to support the book blog in some way. Can you write a guest post or take part in an interview?
It’s important to be patient too. Following up a couple of weeks after not hearing anything is worthwhile, but beyond that, it’s a waste of time.
Most book reviewers simply lack the capacity to reply to every email. They pick what they like. It’s a waste of time to bombard them with follow up emails as a result.
How Long Do Book Reviewers Take To Get Back To You?
This purely depends on the reviewer, how busy they are and how quickly they read.
When you enquire or when a book blogger accepts your story, they will ask when you’d ideally like the review by (often relating to the release date of the book).
Most reviewers will aim to hit that date. And if they can’t many of them are honest and open so will tell you straight.
Generally, the timeframe will be agreed upon at the outset.
What Are Book Tours?
Book tours are a great way of gaining exposure for your book. It simply means that your book will undergo a tour of numerous blogs and websites (around 8-12).
On this tour, there is often a mix of book reviews, author interviews, giveaways and guest content from yourself.
It’s essentially a marketing blitz over a 7-10 day period. And they can be mightily effective at gaining exposure for your book, especially in the run-up to release day.
More Useful Tools and Guides On Publishing
If you happen to be looking for publishers for your work, I also have the following lists too, as well as other writing tools and guides:
- List of Fantasy Novel Publishers
- List of Fantasy Magazines and Journals
- A detailed guide on creating fantasy armor
- A list of fantasy writing groups
Download This List Of Book Reviewers
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List of Book Reviewers (Updated May 2021)
- SFF – Sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction as a whole (horror, dystopian etc.)
- Fiction – all types of fiction reviewed
*Genres are being updated*
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