Getting your book reviewed is one of the easiest things you can do to help promote it. Reviews help in a number of ways:
1. They get your book up on sites around the internet, usually with links and purchase information.
2. If you get some good reviews, you can use some of the quotables for blurbs, either on a brag page in your book, on your website, or in your press kit. There are many places to post favorable reviews, once you have them.
Some warnings about book reviews:
1. Develop a thick skin now. If you’re going to submit your book around for reviews, don’t expect every reviewer to praise your book as a shining jewel in an otherwise dismal pile of published tripe. It’s not gonna happen. Your precious manuscript might get panned, no matter how brilliant it is. There is no accounting for taste, so be ready to let the bad ones roll off.
2. If you’re spending a lot of time submitting your book for reviews, keep your budget in mind and remember how much time you said you’d spend on this stuff, and then spend it as wisely as you can. This may mean not submitting your book for review on every site listed here. Pick the best ones and go with those.
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the list of book reviewers. I checked all of these when I posted them for validity. I also checked the Google page rank, which is listed to the left of each site to help you decide where to submit your book if you’re under time constraints. If you see an error, please email me. The internet is an ever-changing beast and I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up with everything. Along those same lines, if you have a book reviewer you’ve used and don’t see here, email me or leave a comment (and, if possible, please include a link for the page with the submission instructions) and I will add it. Thanks! Enjoy.
6 The Romance Reader – click email link in left column to submit
5 A Romance Review
5 All About Romance
4 Book Binge
5 Books ‘n’ Bytes
5 BookReview.com – submission must be in Palm format
5 ForeWord Magazine
5 Romantic Times
4 Coffee Time Romance
4 Fallen Angel Reviews – scroll down for email links for review requests
4 Fresh Fiction – E-books and .pdf format must be discussed and approved prior to sending.
4 Gotta Write Network
4 Nights And Weekends
4 Once Upon A Romance
4 Romance Junkies
4 Romance Reviews Today
4 The Compulsive Reader
4 The Romance Studio
3 CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
3 Digigirl’s Library – paranormal romance only, click Contact Us
3 In The Library Reviews
3 Novelspot – submission email halfway down page
3 Realms of Love – email Scarlet
3 Red Roses for Authors – email address for submissions in right menu bar
3 Review Depot (by Manic Readers)
3 Road to Romance
3 Romance At Heart – request a review link in left column
3 Romance Reader at Heart
3 Scully Love Promo
3 The Best Reviews
1 Romantic Observer – submission instructions under Publishers & Authors heading
0 All Books Review
0 Author’s Choice Reviews
0 Black Butterfly Review Group – submit by mail only
0 The Long and the Short of It
You might also try Book Connector. They’ve got a free service that lists compatible reviewer sites when you enter your book’s information. I tried it and it seems to work really well!