As an author, you know that the lifeblood of your book lies in reviews. If you have no reviews, there is a good chance that your book won’t sell. However, when you are a new author, how do you get reviews without begging family and friends?
Which is against Amazon’s policy by the way. There are several ways you can go about getting reviews. You can ask your email list if they would buy your book on discount and review it.
You can use a tool called Book Review Targeter (which is a paid software) , and you can also use a web site called Librarything.
What is Librarything?
Librarything is kind of like Goodreads. It’s a place where authors connect with readers. Authors can also offer their books up for Early Reviews and Member Giveaways. Readers also connect with other readers by adding books to their bookshelves and socializing in groups.
How do I get an Author account on Librarything?
First you need to sign up for an account and then add 50 books to your bookshelf. In order to have an author account, you need to search for your Librarything author page. You can identify it by the “Is This You?” in the upper right hand corner.
If you can’t find it, you may need to manually add it. There are many ways authors can use this platform including adding your events, cataloging your books, joining the Hobnob with Authors group, submitting your book for early reviews and member giveaways and much more.
My Experience with Member Giveaways.
When you run a member giveaway, you enter all your information and members of the site will request your book. You can giveaway either e-book or physical copies. I choose e-book because it is faster and easier.
You choose how long you want the giveaway to run and when it’s done, they draw the winners and send you the names and contact emails.
You will find the list in the ‘Winners’ tab on your dashboard. From there, it’s your responsibility to send a copy of your book to each winner within two weeks. The best part? It’s free!
I have run four giveaways on this platform with little success. I ran two for Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green), one for Lithium Dreams and Melancholy Sunrise and one for Brock’s Bad Temper (And The Time Machine).
Out of the four giveaways, I have only gained one review. However, it was a big one from a top Amazon reviewer so that made me extremely happy. That review alone made it worth it.
Should this deter you from giving away your books to get reviews? Absolutely not. Just because I didn’t have much success doesn’t mean that you won’t either. It is definitely worth a shot.
Your book needs reviews and this is one of the easiest ways to get your book into reviewers hands. If you don’t take a chance, you will never know. You may get tons of reviews which would be awesome.
In conclusion, even though I’m a little disappointed more reviews didn’t come of my efforts, I still think Librarything is a great place for authors and readers to connect.
They offer all kinds of ways to reach readers, even before your book is out, and to meet other authors. As I said before, the best part is it’s free so what can you lose? Absolutely nothing.
Have you used this site to run a giveaway or to get early reviews for your book? How did it work out for you? I would love to know in the comments.