My author clients often express frustration about how hard it is to obtain book reviews from readers. They ask, they cajole, they beg. I guess a lot of readers are either intimidated by the process, don’t know what to say, or just can’t find the time.
Luckily, one of our savvy ALWAYS tribe members—author Karen Mueller Bryson of Short On Time Books—recently shared an inexpensive answer to this problem. She pointed us to a site called Choosy Bookworm, where readers sign up for free ebooks in exchange for an Amazon review. Here’s the process:
- Choosy Bookworm advertises your published or pre-release eBook to their readers via their Web site and enewsletter.
- Interested readers sign up to receive your free eBook.
- You send the eBook as a MOBI or PDF; or you gift per Amazon.
- Readers will read your book and post a review on Amazon or GoodReads.
You can find all the details at Choosy Bookworm promotion, but here are some highlights:
- Your book must be priced at $3.99 or lower.
- You pay anywhere from nothing to $70, depending on the level of visibility you want.
- Submit your ebook on a Saturday, at least one week before you want it featured on the Choosy Bookworm site.
That’s pretty much it, and Karen swears by it… Sound like it’s worth a try, right?
What other proven techniques have you used to secure book reviews? Please share.
Ann Narcisian Videan
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