Book Review Service FAQ
Do you guarantee reviews from book bloggers?
No. We just save you countless hours reaching out to bloggers who we think might want to review your book. We look at whether they are taking requests, what genres they like to read, and whether they can leave a review by your desired date. We cannot guarantee that they will leave a review for your book. Providing such a guarantee would go against Amazon's Terms of Service anyways, so beware of any service which promises this. That being said, it does not cost you a penny to try our service, so you are not taking on any risk.
Why is this free?
We are free for a limited time only. Since we are a new service, we are naturally going to have some growing pains. Thus, we are are looking to to work closely with a few adventurous authors who want to take a chance with us and help us iron out the kinks. We hope that by providing our service for free, we can more easily attract authors to try us out to get more honest reviews.
Book Reviewers Directory FAQ
How much does this cost?
It is free to use :) After you do a few searches though, we ask you to fill out a quick survey to get unlimited access. The survey helps us improve the service.
Do you guarantee reviews?
No. Our goal is to help you find the reviewers who are most likely to review your book. We have partnered with 500+ book reviewers who review books across 100+ genres and have a cumulative social reach of 700,000+ followers. Normally, it would take you a few hours of Googling around and perusing review policies to determine which reviewers might review your book. With us, you get the same result in less than a minute. You should be spending your time doing what you do best — writing.
Have the reviewers given their permission to be listed?
Yes. Every reviewer you see has given us their consent. We are adding more reviewers every week.
Do the reviewers get monetarily compensated for being listed?
No. We do not compensate reviewers monetarily in any way. This would go against Amazon's Terms of Service, and we realize Amazon is often the primary destination for book reviews.
What is the response rate from the reviewers?
Response rate varies from reviewer to reviewer. Based on our discussions with ~500 book reviewers, we have determined the following factors influence a book reviewer’s decision to review your book, in order from most influential to least influential:
- They must be accepting reviews requests.
- You and your book must match up with their review policy. For example, some reviewers don’t review indie authors. Others do. Our survey results suggest that 25% of review requests don't pass this requirement.
- It is feasible for them to give you a review in the time frame you desire. Many times their TBR (to-be-read) pile is too long. This is especially true with reviewers who have high social reach and are therefore in greater demand. The more time you give them, the higher your chances.
- Your book cover. This is the first thing that pops out at them when they open your email.
- Your blurb. Make it interesting without giving too much away!
- Your message. Make it personalized, make them feel special. Don’t mass email and don’t be overly-aggressive. Our survey results suggest that around a third of book reviewers have been victim to overly-aggressive behavior from authors.
- Your book's editing quality.
Do the reviewers post their review on Amazon?
Many do, some don’t. You can often find this information in their review policy which we link to. And yes, we are working on extracting this information from their review policy and making it more obvious in the search results. We don’t want you to squander your time reaching out to reviewers who don’t post on Amazon if that is important to you!
How often do you update reviewer preferences?
We check each reviewer once every 10 days to see if anything has changed.
Do you list reviewers who request payment in exchange for a review?
Yes, but they are in the minority. Over 90% of the reviewers in our catalog don’t request payment. The way we see it, our job is to connect you with reviewers best suited for you. We want to help as many authors as possible as efficiently as possible, including those who are fine paying for a review.
In case you are wondering, we will be adding the ability to filter search results based on whether a reviewer requests payment.
Why don’t you share the reviewers’ email addresses?
Many reviewers don’t want to expose their email address. They prefer to be contacted via the contact form on their website. We try to link you directly to this contact form if possible. Otherwise, we link you to the page where their contact email address is displayed. Furthermore, exposing their email address in a easily consumable form would catch the attention of spammers and we want to aggressively guard against this.
I am not able to search for my genre. Help!
We recommend you email us at email@example.com with the genre you are trying to find. Sometimes, we have an alias which refers to the same thing (ex. LDS Fiction and Mormon Fiction are the same). Otherwise, we just don’t support that genre at the moment. Sorry. We would still love to know the genre you seek as we are constantly improving the blind spots in our catalog.
I am a book reviewer. How do I get listed in your catalog?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind that we have a selection criteria for reviewers who make it onto our catalog. We can share more details over email.
What is the best way to contact the people behind this site?
Email us at email@example.com. We love hearing from our users and we love honest feedback — good or bad — as much as you like honest reviews!
I don’t see my question here.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best.