It is usually all well and good when you write your book and get published successfully. Congrats! Now you are an established writer. We are just kidding, not just yet. Now comes the toughest and potentially fun part, getting reviews on your book. It takes a lot of effort from your side to let people know about your book and actually make them read it. And, getting reviews from your readers is tougher. Most readers don’t care enough to give their reviews on books. So, you have to do something different to catch their eyes if you want your reviews. Let’s help you with that, here are 10 ways to get reviews on your published book.
1. LAUNCH LIKE A PRO
Launch your book by having a book reading for your newly published book. Make sure you do this somewhere noticeable. Somewhere you can get readers, like a famous library or a university. Let people know about your book. Don’t stop at this, have many book readings. This way more people will read your book and you can get more reviews. Well, doing just this won’t fetch you a huge number of reviewers, this is just the first step. Let's jump onto the next one.
2. BE EVERYWHERE!
Yes. That’s right. Be everywhere. Post about your book on social media. Tweet about your book, get yourself invited to a podcast and speak about your book, have a YouTube channel for your books (yes, let’s cliché this up), approach newspapers and ask them to review your book, do everything you can. Make your book be seen EVERYWHERE. You don’t just speak about your book, you have to shout it out loud and make yourself heard.
3. FOLLOW UP CONSISTENTLY
Chances are you won’t get many reviews in the first few weeks if you are not an established writer. But don’t lose hope, it’s probably the same with all new authors. Follow up continuously about the updates of your reviews.
4. CREATE A BLOG AND A WEBSITE
Create a website and a blog for your book. Write about your book in the blog and post information and updates about the book on your website. This is a process that you should start long before you publish your book. Collect email Ids of your readers and ask them for reviews.
5. GET YOURSELF INTO LITERARY CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS
If you are a newbie in the literary world then you have to make yourself well-acquainted there. Approach popular literary clubs and associations. Get in touch with good critics and writers. Let them know about your book and ask for their reviews.
6. BE TIGHT WITH ESTABLISHED WRITERS
It would be really good for you if you are personally in touch with established writers. You could ask them for their feedback about your book. Request them to speak about your books on public literary occasions and to post reviews about your book in newspapers, magazines, social media, etc. This will help you get more readers and hence more reviewers. You can’t just sit home and expect people to give their feedback just like that. Get out there and ask for it.
7. APPROACH DIFFERENTLY
It’s all about how you approach the readers. As I said before, you should make your readers care enough to spend their time writing a review for your book. firstly, if your book is really good, it will surely get a lot of reviews from many readers. But that doesn’t mean that you should not try at all. Make your approach different. Try to collect the email ids of your readers and send them emails about the updates of your book. Ask them politely to give a review of your book and make your approach seem unique and fun. Make it interesting and worthwhile
8. BE ACTIVE ON AMAZON
Make Kindle your best friend. Amazon kindle is a wonderful app for you to utilize for making your book popular and to receive reviews. Post your book on Kindle with an attractive book cover along with a highly interesting book description. Give your book away free for a while at first. Ask for the reviews of your readers. Now you wait and let Kindle do its magic.
9. MAKE IT INTERESTING
If you want more reviewers for your book, you have to up your game. Make it interesting for your readers. Offer them free online copies of your in exchange for a review. Arrange for free give-aways and surprise gifts for your reviewers. Come up with a good offer and spread the word. This will get you more reviewers.
10. BE IN TOUCH WITH YOUR READERS
Never stop communicating with your readers. Keep them updated about your upcoming books. Email them about your progress and invite them to your future book readings if possible. Make them feel like their view really matters.
Getting reviews is an important task if you want your book to reach tall heights. Yes, sometimes you will receive criticisms and you have to learn to be okay with it and make those opinions useful. As I said before, it’s all about the approach. Your approach will be the judge of the number of your reviews.