Indie authors have traditionally had a challenge in obtaining book reviews, especially ones that generated sales, and unfortunately book review opportunities continue to dwindle as newspapers – especially traditionally published newspapers – drop or reduce their book review sections. Smaller newspapers in the past have been a great resource for Indie or new authors to find an audience, especially if they had a local connection to the paper.
Yeah, there’s the Amazon review when your book is available via the site and if someone has actually reviewed it, but this is becoming a very crowded neighborhood for Indie authors these days.
Then there are sites such as Kirkus, which has been a staple in the world of book reviews for many decades, but you have to request a review and it will cost you ($425 for standard service and $575 for express):
As with many other sites, the reviews come with restrictions for non-members. Then there’s the whole discussion about paid vs. non-paid reviews.
Sites like GoodReads seem to be providing more of a democratic opportunity for readers to find books and in turn for authors to find readers but I’ve yet to fully explore this site. Membership is free but you do have to create an account. This is on my to-do list, which seems to be getting longer and longer. Ah, the joys and perils of trying to establish a writing career while having an extremely demanding day job.
Here are some other book review resources you might find helpful: