Hi Everyone! Natalie here today. Today, I’ve got a fantastic tip by debut author Aviva Orr. She shares with us her advice on getting early reviews for our books, not an easy task. Her YA novel, THE MIST ON BRONTE MOOR, was released on January 8, 2013. I’ve included a blurb of her book and details on the contest at the end of her tip.
So here’s Aviva.
Getting early reviews for your novel
At first, it seemed simple enough. I Googled young-adult book reviewers, targeted the most established blogs, and requested reviews from those who were accepting books. But after a few weeks, I had zero replies. Book reviewers, I learned, are very busy. Even the ones with newer blogs get hundreds of requests, and most only accept a limited number of Indie books. Aside from one or two critique partners, I had no one to review my book.
Enter Goodreads. A few weeks after my book went up on Goodreads, people slowly started adding it to their reading pile, and some of these people had blogs. I decided to focus on bloggers who had already shown an interest in reading my book. It didn’t matter if the blog was new or well-established, or in which country the reviewer was located. I investigated the website of every blogger who added my book to Goodreads. This took a lot of time and effort. I had to familiarize myself with each blogger’s policy and reviewing style before requesting a review. For those bloggers who weren’t accepting books for review, I requested help with promotion. The effort turned out to be worthwhile. Ninety percent of the bloggers responded positively. After a while, things got a little easier and a few bloggers contacted me requesting reviews.
What I’ve learned since is that bloggers sometimes take a long time to write a review (understandable), so it is best to request a review several months in advance. Book tours take priority because specific dates are set for the review (next time I’ll plan a book tour well in advance of my release date). If you didn’t agree to a specific date with the reviewer, you might end up waiting months. Nonetheless, it’s not a good idea rush the reviewer or send an email asking when the review will be posted (assuming you ever want them to review another one of your books). Once the review is posted, I always send an email thanking the blogger for the review, and I follow their blog so as to maintain contact.
On the whole, I have found book bloggers to be very helpful to authors, and I am extremely grateful to those who helped me get the word out about my novel.
You can find Aviva at
And here’s a blurb of THE MIST ON THE BRONTE MOOR from Goodreads:
When Heather Jane Bell is diagnosed with alopecia and her hair starts falling out in clumps, she wants nothing more than to escape her home in London and disappear off the face of the earth.
Heather gets her wish when her concerned parents send her to stay with a great-aunt in West Yorkshire. But shortly after she arrives, Heather becomes lost on the moors and is swept through the mist back to the year 1833. There she encounters fifteen-year-old Emily Brontë and is given refuge in the Brontë Parsonage.
Unaware of her host family’s genius and future fame, Heather struggles to cope with alopecia amongst strangers in a world foreign to her. While Heather finds comfort and strength in her growing friendship with Emily and in the embrace of the close-knit Brontë family, her emotions are stretched to the limit when she falls for Emily’s brilliant but troubled brother, Branwell.
Will Heather return to the comforts and conveniences of the twenty-first century? Or will she choose love and remain in the harsh world of nineteenth-century Haworth?
Aviva has generously offered an e-book of THE MIST ON BRONTE MOOR for a giveaway. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follow button if you’re not a follower) and leave a comment by midnight on March 30th. I’ll announce the winner on April 1st.
If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. International entries are welcome.
Hope to see you tomorrow when I share THE RUNAWAY KING by Jennifer Nielsen. It's one of my favorite books this year and I'll be doing a giveaway.