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Author Yellow Pages
Author Yellow Pages
Perhaps like you, I’m an author and constantly looking for ways to increase reviews for my books. But once you’ve exhausted your mailing list, where do you turn to find reviewers?
A few years ago, I came across a directory of book bloggers designed to help in this regard. It was available in book form and organized with authors in mind. What I mean is that I could find lots of book blogs by doing a Google search, but then I had to poke around all these websites to discovery what kinds of books the blogger wanted to review, not to mention how to submit my book for a review.
That handy guide was called The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages and I’m happy to say that I just got a copy of the 9th edition. And as useful as that guide was in 2014, you should see it in 2017. Here are a few highlights, all new and not included in the already terrific earlier edition:
- Detailed contact information for 200 book bloggers. I don’t recall the first directory being this large, maybe 150 or 175 bloggers, so more is always better. You get contact information, the types of books they are interested in, and a short bio from the blogger, not to mention several other helpful details.
- 40 blog tour organizers are in a separate section, equally well documented with the lowest price they charge for review tours and a snapshot of their services. These are great resources you can tap to reach out to bloggers on your behalf for a reasonable fee.
- The new section in this year’s book is a breakdown of paid reviewers. Yes, I know we don’t think we should pay for reviews but it is an accepted practice and not against any rules. It’s also the fastest way to get professional feedback on your book that you can use for marketing. PartnerPress (the publisher) lists 32 review businesses divided into four categories: traditional (no fees), fee-only, hybrid (no fee, and fee), and services. Services are like NetGalley and Goodreads.
Perhaps overlooked in all these listings is the quality of the included resources—everything you need to begin contacting reviewers. Besides thorough introductions to each type of reviewer and how to use that section, there’s a collection of articles: dealing with a negative review, how to make sense of Amazon’s review policies, and a very detailed guide about creating quality books. I plan to refer back to this article when it comes time to publish my next book.
If you are getting ready to publish a book, or struggling with getting more reviews, or even considering how to reboot an older book with more reviews, you need The Book Reviewer Yellow Pages. Its available from all the major retailers in print and eBook editions, and you can learn more here. I highly recommend it.
Here’s my review…
Much more than a directory of bloggers
When I first reviewed this book back in 2014 I said it was very detailed with a comprehensive list of reviewers. But this new edition takes it to a new level. Not only are their more reviewers, there is a whole new section with book reviewer businesses and lots more helpful information about getting book reviews.
If you don’t have the time to research and contact bloggers, the publisher has 40 blog tour organizers you can hire to do it for you. Or if you have the budget, there are 32 book review businesses you can contact.
One thing to keep in mind is that the convenience of having all this information in one package has a price—it can go out of date. But considering how much time it is saving me, and the fact that it’s updated each year, it is definitely worth the investment. In my experience so far, all the links work and reviewers are accepting books.
Highly recommended whether you just released a book, or are struggling to get more reviews, or you’re looking to build up reviews for an older release.