Book Review: How To Get Your Book Reviewed


  How to Get Your Book Reviewed by Dana Lynn Smith is an information-packed book for both the debut author and the seasoned mid-lister. Some authors are more pro-active about their careers, which compels them to research relevant marketing techniques. Marketing one’s book is a part-time job in itself, and it is no longer the sole responsibility of the publisher. Successful authors must devote plentiful time towards promoting their own books.


In the virtual marketplace, the internet, more books are being published then ever before. Authors seeking to make a splash with their books are up against the Big Name Authors and the super self-promoters. For those authors who tend towards introversion, marketing oneself can be a tough gig. One solution, purported by Dana Lynn Smith, is to get your book reviewed for coveted publicity.


Book reviews speak louder than an author spam-shouting on Twitter, “Buy my book!” Quality book reviewers abound, but how can the amateur author locate these people? How can the new authors coax the inundated reviewers to pick up their specific book?


Dana begins the book by showing the benefits of book reviews to one’s writing career. She explains the book review process and teaches how to submit review copies. One learns what can go wrong with book reviews through the Potential Pitfalls section. She explains the difference between blurbs, endorsements, testimonials, and customer reviews. Discover how the author can use each to its full advantage. A few chapters provide dozens of links to review sites, book blogs, virtual reader communities, book review journals, print media, and other book review sources. There’s even a chapter about how to write solid book reviews. The last part of the book ties all the information together into a brilliant book review marketing plan.


As a result of my reading this book, I feel confident to venture into the marketplace with my debut novel. I understand the best methods to reach my potential audience and the proper book reviewers for my work. What once was a mysterious process now makes perfect sense. Dana knows just how to speak the author’s language by appealing to our longing for long-term writing success. How To Get Your Book Reviewed is the On Writing of obtaining and implementing quality book reviews.