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Once writing the book is done, the work of getting it published and known to the public has just begun. You need reviews, good reviews, ones with snippets to splash across the back page and on advertising / publicity / public relations pieces. You need those reviews before the book is published. So, even if you plan to publish your book independently, don’t skip the step of getting it reviewed first.

Below are some sources shared by a Guild member:

  • How to Get Reviews for Self-Published Books – Advice from Joel Friedlander
  • Book Reviews from Word Slinger Publicity – sends your book review request to thousands of book reviewers. They offer a lot more exposure for a fraction of the traditional cost – not to mention personalized attention and professional correspondence with book reviewers on your behalf.
  • For Indie Published Books and Ebooks – Book and eBook Reviews are our Top priority at Top Book Reviewers since 2008
  • Free Book Reviews – TheBookHaven.net is simply a site for book lovers across the globe. Created by readers, for readers with an atmosphere more casual than most literary web sites.
  • Readers Favorite: Book Reviews – reviews manuscripts, published & unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, poetry books, comic books, graphic novels, and short stories. Your review will be posted on our site, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. You can also post our review in your Amazon Editorial Reviews section.
  • Generate Immediate Exposure For Your Book – Join the growing community of authors who use BookDaily as a tool in developing their online promotional strategies.
  • San Diego Book Review – offers high-quality services including book reviews, interviews, and advertising, at easily affordable prices for authors, publicists, and publishers with time, value and integrity in mind

Another option, especially if the cost of the traditional review is out of reach, is to solicit beta readers, those willing to review a book, most often for no cost. For more information about why to consider seeking out a beta reader and how best to manage the relationship, see this article from Joel Friedlander’s The Book Designer, and this article from Amanda Shofer’s The Write Life.

  • Beta Readers Hub – A source blog for beta readers (those kind people who read and edit the work of writers, often for free) and for writers to find beta readers
  • Goodreads Beta Reader Group – A place to connect writers with beta readers
  • Beta Finder – Start with page 3 to see posts from beta reader volunteers as well as authors seeking beta readers.
  • Critique Circle – This group operates on the basis of credits. Submitting a story for critique requires 3 credits. Critiquing a story earns 1 credit.
  • The Beta Service – a wildcat team of three readers scattered geographically

If you come across other sources for beta readers or book reviews, please share.

If you haven’t already subscribed to the Guild’s website, check out this post which describes the two methods to keep in the know.