I just don’t need just any ole body reviewing my book!

The topic that I want to address is book reviews. They are very important and are very well needed, but most new authors don’t understand the concept of how to use a book review for marketing. Hmmmmm how about I tap into this just a lil bit.

A definition of a book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. Book reviews require special skills and oblige the reviewer with precise responsibilities. The professional reviewer does not just have to read and scrutinize the text, but to realize concealed, implied meaning the author obviously had dropped hints about. Skilled book reviewers’ explanations make the reader feel confident in their perception of the book or change it entirely.

In other words, you just don’t want someone to read your book just because, there needs to be an underlining reason to why this person is reviewing your book. Will it be beneficial for you, will others see this review, will it help to create a buzz, and will the reviewer publish this review online or in a professional journal, or newspaper. Ask yourself these questions when you are seeking book reviews.

Don’t send books to Susie, and Kim, and Rhonda, and Timmy, and etc etc because you want them to read it. Tell them to buy it and to support you by placing their views of the book on amazon.com or BN.com. Especially dodge those who email you and saying “hey let me review your book for you.” I want you to in return and say why? Who will see it, why do you want to review it, how is it beneficial for me to send you my book for review and etc.

Knowing these things as a self published writer is important because it cost money to send out these books for reviews and you want to maximize your exposure with reviewers who can help create a buzz about your book.

In conclusion research your reviewer you are seeking. There is no need to send out 30+ books to individuals with small followings. I personally, need more than just a FaceBook posting saying you liked my book.



  1. Good stuff Tamika. I can remember when my first book came out in 2005. I was promoting at different venues and people would tell me that they were going to review my book. I ended up giving people who claim to be reviewers my books. Sadly,the reviews never seemed to ever surface.

  2. I totally agree Tamika. Books cost money to send out and you definitely want to make sure that those to whom you are sending the book are able to provide a relevant review. Thanks for this post.

  3. i started doing ebooks as reviews shortly back in 2009 and it worked out well for me. Once they read the ebook, I would send them a paperback copy. I loved it.

    although many refused to read the ebook, I didn’t make a big deal about it.


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