Here are a few tips – and at the end of this post, some lists that will help you locate book review sites.
· Before you even click on a link, look at the name of the site. It can sometimes give you a clue as to the genre the reviewer is looking for (such as Kid Lit Reviews, to cite an obvious example). If that is not the genre of your book, move on to the next one.
· After clicking on a link, look at the imagery and message of the site; if you like it, check to see whether they are interested in the genre of your book.
· Search for submission guidelines. Some sites you will reject immediately if you see they require payment, or they review only print books when you have an ebook (or vice versa), or their waiting time for a possible review is too long. Here I should mention that most of the websites are inundated with requests for reviews. With the burgeoning of self-publishing, millions of people out there are writing books and they all want their work reviewed. Thus, the submission guidelines of these sites are becoming increasingly more stringent. So read them closely and do exactly what they say.
· Some websites will accept ARCs (Advanced Review/Reader Copies) and PDF files and the guidelines for these may be different to those for print or ebooks. When you have a print book at hand, some reviewers require that you send one or two copies of the book and a cover letter containing various details. They may or may not review it, and most will not let you know if they reject it. Others ask you to email them with the details of your book first. If you’re lucky they might get back to you acknowledging receipt of the email or even declining to review your book – but at least you hear from them! Only a very few will ask you to send them the book for review. Most don’t bother to reply.
Each of the following pages is a treasure trove of links to book review websites and blogs, big and small.
And here are some links, for good measure, in no particular order, that I saved myself when searching for reviewers for The Writer’s Drawer anthology, both the first volume and the one to come. (With most of them I’ve made it easier by directing you straight to Submission Guidelines, but look at the home page, too, to see if you’d like to be reviewed at their site.)