As both an indie author and book reviewer/blogger I have a little insight into the world of book reviews. I only began reviewing books after I realized how bogged down reviewers were. After becoming one I can now see how it’s easy to wait a few months before someone has time to squeeze in reading one of my books.
Indie authors pour their passions into pages they hope someone will want to read. We want to share our stories with the world. We spend countless hours writing, researching, and sometimes staring at blank screens. We think typing ‘The End’ on that last page is it, the final step, when in reality it’s just the beginning. Then comes the editing, the formatting, the decision on where to sell it, and then begins the endless quest for reviewers. I don’t know why we think there’s a simple way to do that last step. There honestly isn’t. Every reviewer has their own separate guidelines, each email has to be personalized, and it is a very daunting task.
What indie authors don’t realize? Book reviewers don’t get paid for their services. We take time out of our days, away from our jobs and away from our families to help. Yes, there are many reasons in which reviewers do this. Some enjoy the free books. I mean who wouldn’t; books can get expensive if you enjoy reading. Some like to help. Reviews are a vital point in a books success and some enjoy doing their part. The reasons can be endless.
I do occasionally ramble, but my point is this…
Indie authors, you’ve spent the time turning your book into its final product, now take the extra time to follow each and every reviewer’s guidelines in requesting a review. I never realized the importance of this until I became a reviewer, but we have guidelines because it makes it easier on us. I get 5-20 requests a day for reviews and if the guidelines haven’t been followed then the email will automatically be deleted. In essence you wasted your time by not doing it correctly and it saddens me at how often that occurs.