Most authors write to people and reach out to readers. Over the past few days, I’ve scoured the net to get a reviewers list and I have to say sites valid a year ago are not anymore.
Some reviewers have been overwhelmed by requests, some have given it up and some are closed to requests. Others have a waiting period of two months. Needless to say I tried to compile a list so that the next time it won’t be such a hassle locating them. See if this starter list can help you. If you do enjoy reading books and free books (I must say) then sign up as a reviewer on these sites. The one thing I noticed is that many big reviewer sites are always looking for readers.
If you know of a reviewer specifically for romance, then let me know. I’d be happy to add them to this list. If you are a reviewer and would like to be added to this list then leave a comment and I’ll be more than happy to add you.
This list is in no way exhaustive. It is a starter list.
Also each of the sites listed here takes you to the policy page or the page where you can see the policy. Read it first. It’s important. I know many other sites where they wanted dark romances, paranormal romances or something very sub-genre or niche. This list is more wholesome. These sites are for a blanket of romances. Period.
Steps for Review Acceptance
– Write a Template Email
– Include Name of author, book, genre, word count, book links, book blurb, ASIN, Publisher’s name, date of publication
-Some have additional questions: Is it HEA? Is there cheating or death? Is it a series or standalone. Answer all these questions. Reviewers are busy people. Make it as easy as possible for them to pick up your book for review.
-Tell them what format you can send them, epub, mobi, pdf? Check what format they like to read. And try as much as possible to give them that format.
-Thank them. They don’t get paid for it. It’s a service they provide for free.
– Follow their feeds. Many will not inform you if they’re done with the review. You will just see it on social media.
-Don’t argue. If they will not put up a review on Smashwords, Kobo and Instagram and Snapchat or the gazillion other places don’t argue. It’s time consuming. Check the sites they do use and accept it.
-Accept the review. No matter what. Don’t defend yourself or blame them. Different people have different tastes. It won’t kill you.
-Please review other people’s books too at as many places as you can. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.