Reviews. Authors all need them, especially in the early days of our book launch. But what to do? We’ve already covered the ground we have control over–we’ve put out the best book we can.
So, what are our options? You can collect names of book bloggers. I’ve done that. But usually, even if they review indie authors, they’re backed up for months.
You can buy expensive software that’s supposed to sort through top reviewers on Amazon and contact them directly. But these reviewers also usually have an intimidating TBR pile.
Or you can join a goodreads Reading Round.
It works like this. Ten authors join, and everybody agrees to review four books. But the books you read won’t come from the authors you reviewed. Your book will be reviewed four times, and the moderator takes care that no reciprocal reviews happen. Reviews are posted on goodreads, Amazon.com, and Amazon.co.uk. Amazon is aware of Reading Rounds, and it doesn’t violate their terms of service.
I’ve already done this twice, for rounds 162 and 163, and I’m so glad I found out about this. New groups are forming now if you’re interested: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_folder/140331?group_id=78683.
Happy reading and reviewing! 🙂