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Indie Author Top Tip for getting Book Reviews

BookRoar is a relatively new site dedicated to helping authors get book reviews.

Before I published my first book I had no idea how important book reviews were. I rarely left a review, because I thought no one would be interested in what I had to say.

That attitude changed as soon as I entered the world of indie publishing and realized how important book reviews were for selling books. Not only does a review help other readers find out about new books and help them decide whether or not to buy, but the book selling sites actively promote books with more reviews.

BookRoar works on a credit system. You select a title from the pool of books to read and review. Once your published review has been approved, you get a credit that allows you to add your own book to the review pool. The more books you review, the more credits you get, the more chances your book has of been chosen to be reviewed.

When I first heard about BookRoar I was skeptical, but I gave it a chance and I’m so glad I did. I’ve found some new favorite authors and read lots of great books, as well as getting lots of reviews for my own books.

The great thing about BookRoar is that it’s more like a book catalogue that rewards you for reading than a review site. You choose from the selection of books, buy, read and review as normal, and in return you might get a new review of your own book a couple of weeks later.

You have three weeks to submit your review once you’ve selected a book, which gives plenty of time for reading while also making sure reviews are posted in a timely fashion. If a book doesn’t work for you, you can return it to the pool and pick another. BookRoar also makes sure that authors you read won’t get offered your books to review, so you can’t be accused of review swapping.

If you want to get more reviews for your book and you like supporting other authors, I highly recommend BookRoar. It’s a great way to reliably get reviews for your books, as well as discover new writers. You have to be able to post reviews on Zon and Goodreads to take part.

15 thoughts on “Indie Author Top Tip for getting Book Reviews”

  1. I recently joined Bookroar, and I agree with what you say. I think it’s a great system. One of the things I really like about it is that reviews have to be posted in 3 weeks – it keeps me focussed!

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  2. This sounds like a great option. I belonged to Bookvetter for a while (now defunct) and it worked along the same system. I really liked it. Goodreads has a review group system that also works along these lines, but you don’t get to choose the books (other than signing up for a genre). I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. You should check it out. I like saving up my credits for book launches. I like the freedom you have to choose the books. It’s fun when you go through the pool and find lots of new titles.

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