So I was going to write today about the cost of sleep deprivation and how it hinders your ability to think or do anything creative, and further complain about the fact that I haven’t had a decent night sleep in months due to some coke addicts living above us, but then I read Tamsin’s great blog post on how to write a book review, and figured I’d do it from the other side as well.
How to get goodreads / amazon reviews.
This works best for Goodreads, as Goodreads gives you more avenues to reach the type of reviewers you want.
I started up a spreadsheet with the following info along the top:
- Goodreads Link
- Reviews #
I was looking for books that had a lot of reviews, similar to mine.
After that, I gathered 10 book names that I thought were similar to mine.
You want to have an idea of what type of people you want to contact. Generally you want people who give good, interesting and thoughtful reviews, especially if they loved the book similar to yours.
Remember, you’re asking for honest reviews from strangers, so you want to try to ensure the best match for your book and not simply contact everyone who has reviewed the books you’ve chosen.
I then copy / paste the user’s URL to my spreadsheet.
You can only send a limited amount of new PMs in a 24 hour period, so using urlopener.com, I opened up the first 20 (I’m only able to send to 15, I don’t know if you get more for more established accounts).
Here’s a script you can use.
Subject: Free ARC: *Brief Description / Genre*
I’m Name, the author of a book I think you might like. I’m hoping you’d live to review with a free advanced review copy.
Elevator pitch of book.
I’m offering the book to you for free in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads and Amazon.
You can read more about the book here:
If you’re interested, please let me know your email address and what format you need (Formats)
Thank you so much,
I then tracked it on another spreadsheet with:
- Goodreads URL [With the URL I copied earlier]
- Email [They provide]
- Format [They provide]
- Sent [Yes/No]
- Reviewed [Yes/No]
- Rating [Star Rating]
I colour coded the lines. Red means I sent the initial goodreads PM, yellow means they responded and wanted a review copy, black means they declined, and green means their review is posted.
I’d then send out the book to everyone that requested it via email.
Subject: Review Copy: Book Name [format (i.e. mobi)]
Thank you for offering to review a copy of Book. I will give you a quick email upon its release so you can post your review on Amazon if you like.
You can leave your review on Goodreads whenever you are finished.
Link to book on Goodreads.
Thank you for taking the time to read and review the copy of this book.
I then follow that up with another PM to make sure they have received it and basically tried to be friendly and open up a more information and friendly dialogue. Just something personalize like:
Just wanted to make sure you received the book okay
Using this process, I got about a 50% response rate! I’ve started this 2 weeks ago, and already 20% of the people I’ve contacted (42% of the people who responded) have left their review!
I also did posts in a couple groups (in the appropriate section for authors promotions, or ARCS), but only received 2 responses total which isn’t great considering I posted in 4 groups.
How about you guys? Readers, would you be flattered to be chosen? Authors, have you had success in this way?
Also! A bunch of friends have a new boxed set out this week if you want to check it out! Candy Quinn is one of the illustrious fifty authors, in the boxed set coming out in March