Anybody have any suggestions for getting reviews pre publication? Not paid ones.
Yeah, Hidden Gems is only getting worse It's a year now. August 2021 for romance, September 2021 for fantasy. My new release fantasy published this month was booked with them six months ago. I had to take a second look to make sure the year was actually reading 2021.ImaWriter said:Hidden Gems is typically best but depending on your genre, they have a ridiculous waiting list. As in up to a year.
This is great advice. Very succinctly put, which helps clarify the process for me as well, thank you.DmGuay said:KatyRW, can I just say, "OMG. Awesome profile photo!"
And don't worry TOO much about reviews. Reviews are a result of sales, they don't magically create sales. And the whole "You need 50 reviews to X" rumors flying around are just that, rumors.
If you focus on everything else, the reviews will follow. Finish the book. Get a good cover. Make sure your keywords, categories, and blurb are on point. Set up a mailing list, plan some sort of book launch, even if it's modest. Reviews will trickle in.
If you really want to have something on that product page when you launch, Booksprout is easy and free for the first 20 people who claim your book. Try that. But seriously. Don't spend time chasing reviews at the expense of all the other things you need to be doing ahead of launch.