Book Reviews for Publicizing Your Book

Back covers with reviews of four books
A note from Ruth Leyse-Wallace

“Nothing sells books as well as word of mouth, and you can get people talking about your book if you can bring it to their notice. Book reviews will do that for you,” writes Joel Friedlander on Writers Digest. “There are literally thousands of book bloggers online, and most of them review books even though they aren’t paid. There are also reviewers offering paid reviews.” When seeking reviews, Friedlander recommends having the following on hand: (a) a complete PDF of your book and its cover; (b) print copies of your book to mail; (c) a press release; and (d) your bio.

Finding a Reviewer

1. Websites for finding those who review books: LibraryThing; Goodreads;

2. Search Google for the name of your genre (e.g. YA, poetry, American history) followed by one of these phrases: book blog, book blogger, book reviews, book review blog, book review blogger.

3. Look for services connecting authors and reviewers, such as The Bookbag or Author Marketing Club.

4. Try looking at The Book Blogger List, which offers a list of book reviewers, organized by genre; or Book Reviewer Yellow Pages from David Wogahn at

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