In Part 4 of getting reviews for your books on Amazon, I revealed how to get high quality feedback for your books as well as how to handle poor reviews.
Using language like, “how can I make these even better,” will prompt people to offer constructive criticism. When it comes to bad reviews, oftentimes the best approach is to ignore them. If you feel compelled to respond, remember to keep the focus on the material and not the reviewer.
In this fifth and final article, I’m going to reveal three of my favorite resources to get reviews for your book quickly.
There are a number of Facebook groups out there that let authors promote their books. A couple years ago, these groups tended to be a closer knit group of people that really worked to support each other. Nowadays however, many of them tend to be saturated with authors all trying to self-promote. That doesn’t mean shouldn’t join these groups and share your books whenever they’re free, but have realistic expectations that your results may be hit or miss.
The upside is that they’re free to join and you can often paste a simple message about your book in a number of these groups in a matter of minutes.
One group worth checking out can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/reviewseekers/
For a complete list of Facebook groups you can promote your book in, check out this article: http://www.tckpublishing.com/list-of-sites-to-promote-your-free-amazon-kindle-books/
Private Publishing Masterminds
Private masterminds are groups and networks that are exclusive to customers of various kindle related publishing products and trainings. Because these groups are often smaller and have more passionate members, you’ll notice the people in them are much more likely to help you out by reading your book and posting a review.
Emran’s 6 Figure Kindle Club has the most active community I’ve found among any kindle Facebook group.
Amazon Top Reviewers
The third way I’ve found to get quick reviews is by reaching out to Amazon’s top reviewers. Using this method, I was able to get a top Amazon reviewer to post a review to one of my books in under 24 hours!
You want to find reviewers interested in similar books as your own. The first step in doing this is to find some of the top rated books in your niche. You can do this by typing in a keyword related to your book and then sorting by “Avg. Customer Review.” Browse through the reviews and see if there are any reviewers with “Hall Of Fame” or “Top XYZ Reviewer” posted next to their name.
Next, click on the reviewer’s name and see if they have provided contact details such as an email or website. Some may even specify if they have a preferred method of contacting them for book reviews.
Finally, send them an email asking them if they’d be willing to review your book. Since these are top reviewers, they’ll likely get requests like this often and typically are open to it. That being said, you may need to reach out to several before you find someone who is available to review your book in a timely manner.
Here is a sample email template based off of what I’ve had success with:
Hey (Insert reviewer’s name),
My name is (insert your name), and I noticed you reviewed the book (Insert book title they reviewed). I have written a similar book about (insert brief description).
Would you be willing to let me provide you with a copy of the book in
hopes that you would consider reviewing this book as well?
The book I want to send is called “(insert book title)”
(insert one sentence about why you wrote the book).
You can find it on Amazon at: (Insert Amazon Link)
I can provide it to you as a digital file or if you wish I can even
send you a printed copy. It’s up to you.
Of course, you have no obligation to review my book, and if you do review it, you can leave a good, or a bad review.
Thank you. I look forward to your response.
In this series of articles, you’ve learned the importance of getting the right quality of reviews, how to handle poor reviews, and simple methods of getting reviews for your book quickly.
Keep in mind that the responses you get for reviewing your book will be in proportion to how appealing you book is. That means if you have a poor quality cover, title, and description, you may not find too many people who wish to review your book. If you get a lackluster response to review requests, consider that these factors may need to be addressed.
Finally, it’s important to remember that seeking out reviews for you book is a relatively minor detail in terms of what’s going to ultimately lead to massive success – building a fan-base through publishing multiple books and cultivating a quality relationship with your readers. Once you’ve done this, you’ll always have a large pool of people ready and willing to leave you with honest reviews the moment you publish a new book.