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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 minds 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 a 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.
Where Can I 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.
Book Review Sites
But there are other platforms you can use to solicit reviews for your books, some of them free, some of them paid.
- Story Origin – $10 a month with a free option.
- 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:
Further Reading – 5 Reasons Why All Writers Should Use Story Origin
Paid Reviews v Free Reviews
A lot of people ask whether they should pay for their book reviews or should only ever offer up a free copy of their book in exchange. That in itself is a form of payment.
But there are book review sites that allow you to advertise your book to potentially interested reviewers. Some sites even pair you up with a book marketer. However, the costs of some of these can be significant. Net Galley for instance charges hundreds of dollars.
The upshot of using a paid service like this is you tend to get more results and more quickly too. It also helps with you accessing the likes of reviewers on Amazon, which can be important when it comes to selling books.
So if you have resources to burn and want results faster, you can access good reviews for a fee. Plus, these are services that even a traditional publisher would utilise.
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). But be sure to give them all the key details – book title, word count, genre.
- 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 Information On Book Reviews and Recommendations
It can be a slow and frustrating process trying to find reviewers, and even more so when it comes to inciting their interest. Then there are delays waiting for them to read your book.
But when you do get that positive professional review, it can send butterflies fluttering in your stomach.
So my advice is always to submit your book to a reviewer if you see one that could be suitable. If you don’t ask, you don’t get at the end of the day.
Something you can also do to help generate reviews is to utilise your email list if you have one. When I released A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook, I offered advanced reader copies to people on my mailing list. It went down a storm. Before release day I had 20+ reviews.
More Writing Resources
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List of Book Reviewers (Updated August 2021)
- SFF – Sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction as a whole (horror, dystopian etc.)
- Fiction – all types of fiction reviewed
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Book Reviews FAQ
The best book reviewers are those that have good reputations in the industry and are often sent books to review by top publishers. You can also find book review websites with great reviewers like Book Riot, Booklist, Fantasy Book Review and Love Reading, as well as on social media platforms like YouTube and Instagram.
You can take a look at social media sites, Google list, like this one, use reviewer directories, or pay for services that connect authors with reviewers.
Most book reviewers provide a free service. Often they’ll get a free copy of the book in exchange for providing the review. Professional reviewers at the top of their game can, according to Zip Recruiter, earn over $100,000, no doubt because they hold so much influence.
There are many professional book reviewers out there, some of them providing a free service, others providing a paid-for, professional service. Many professional book reviewers work with trade publications, magazines, newspapers and big publishers.