Sunday, October 23, 2011

Getting A Great Book Review

Some say reviews do nothing to help your book, bring credit to your work.  I have to admit that when I read some of the reviews posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites, sometimes I'm inclined to agree.  It's painfully obvious when family or friends that want to support their author and make them look fabulous post a review:  Five stars and a glowing paragraph of praise that does nothing to let the reader know what the book offered. 

While these are wonderful for the author to see, in my opinion, the average person will look at it and have a "huh?" moment.  "Okay, the book's great.  Why?"

I like to post the credible reviews I receive on my website.  What I really like to use are reviews that give opinions on the characters, story line, writing style, and why they'd recommend it to others.  Tidbits about the story and characters are great.  These good reviews carry weight to sway readers to pick up our book and read for themselves.

I've compiled a list of sites that I'd like to share with you.  This is a simple list of good sites that review books; the name of the site, link, and what they consider.  Unless there's a single genre listed, you might want to go ahead and check it out to see if you can use them.  Many accept both fiction and non-fiction.  

Keep in mind that sites that offer this service generally get bombarded with requests.  There might be a lengthy waiting line.  But we're in this writing career for the long haul, right?  So, don't get discouraged.  Accept the date they offer with a sincere thank you and put it on your calendar.  You'll still be promoting six months from now, even a year.  (Some work with you if it's a new release).

Since the list is a bit long, I'm cutting it into several posts.  I'll add part two next week, so drop back by.

A Million Words
All genres

A Romance Review
Romance mainstream and erotica

Alternate Reads
Romance and other genres

Bitten by Books

Black Raven's Reviews

Book Reviews by Suzie
New Age, romance, non-fiction, self-help, and paranormal.

Book Spark
All including non-fiction

Book Wenches  
Various genres

Breakout Book Reviews
All genres

Coffee Time Romance
Romance and other genres

Dark Divas Reviews
Romance and erotica

Dark Readers
All genres

E Finds
Mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, non-fiction and general fiction. 
“I do NOT review unsolicited sci-fi, erotica, fantasy or romance.”


Fallen Angels Review
Several genres

Fantasy Book Review
YA and children's fantasy novels.

Fiction Vixen
All genres except YA

Various genres

Got Romance Reviews
All romance except for erotica

Historical Novel Review Blog
Historical Fiction Up to 1900

 I hope you'll find this list helpful in your search for quality reviews for your works.  If you have one you'd like to add, please share.  I'll add it to next week's post. :)

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Christine Rains said...

Great list! Thank you for sharing.

Susan Gourley said...

Thanks for the list. Just what I need.

Anastasia V. Pergakis said...

Great list Charlene. Mind if I copy and use it on my website? I have a huge list of links for writers and it would be great to add all these to the list. :)

Charlene A. Wilson said...

Thanks, ladies. Hope you find some good ones to review your books.

Anastasia - Sure, you're welcome to add the list to your site. Everyone can use extra help in their search. :)