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Resources for Indie and Selfpub Authors to get Reviews

by Miral Sattar •  April 30, 2013  •   Follow miralsattar

Published in Publishing Tips  •  8 comments

There are lots of ways for a self-published book to get professional reviews. Readers usually read reviews before purchasing a book. Here are some ways you can get some professional reviews to add your book that aren’t just from your family and friends.

1) Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus reviews over 5000 titles a year. Now, self-published authors you can submit their books to Kirkus for review. A standard reviews is $425 and takes 7-9 weeks. By paying you’re not guaranteed a positive reviews. However, if you do get a negative review you have the option to keep the review private.
Cost: $425
Submission link:

2) Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly takes book reviews when someone participates in their self-publishing program called PW Select. Not everyone who participates in the program is guaranteed a review.
Cost: $149
Submission link:

3) Blue Ink Reviews
Blue Ink reviews exclusively reviews indie and selfpub books. A standard reviews is $395.
for a review in 7-9 days. There’s an extra charge for a fastrack review.
Cost: $396
Submission link:

4) NetGalley
NetGalley is way for authors to pitch their titles to bloggers and reviewers all from one location.
Cost: $399
Submission link and link to our previous blog post:

5) IndieReader
IndieReader used to charge for book reviews. But now they just take submissions.

6) IndieView
IndieView has a fantastic list of blogs that you can pitch your book to get reviews. Some are paid, most are free.

Like our list? Are we missing some? Drop us a line in the comments section below.


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About Miral Sattar

Lover of books. CEO & founder of Bibliocrunch. Love storytelling in all its forms. Formerly TIME. I'm a new media entrepreneur who has worked in the media industry for 11 years. My mission is simple – to innovate the publishing industry with technology. My company has been featured in BBC World News, Money Magazine, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Forbes, WSJ, MediaBistro, PBS, Columbia Journalism Review, The Next Web, Publishers Weekly, and a bunch of other places. Bibliocrunch was also selected as The Next Big Thing in media by the Paley Center. I also used to run a popular South Asian culture blog called Divanee. Before I ran my own company and became a mom, I used to be on the board for several literacy organizations, and wrote a LOT more. Hopefully, when things are calmer I can go back to that! :)