Get More Reviews for Your Book via YouTube

One way you can get more reviews for your book is via YouTube.
YouTube. You know it, you love it, you spend hours of your time watching new music videos, movie trailers, and tutorials on it.  But did you know that YouTube is also the hub to which many an avid reader flocks?  Enter the BookTuber.
There is a huge community of BookTubers on YouTube that regularly post videos sharing their thoughts on new books that they’ve read. Most BookTuber’s have a devoted following.  People who closely follow the world of YouTube – which is a lot – subscribe to their videos and watch them regularly, the same as if they were tuning in to their favorite TV show.
For this reason, BookTubers are a fantastic source of exposure for your book!  Not only do they get the word out about your book, they provide great feedback and entertaining commentary.  Not to mention they’re generally super friendly and helpful!
Take a stab at reaching out to some BookTuber’s, you may be surprised at how many of them are willing to review your book! 
We’ve put together a list of some of the BookTubers we’ve worked with in the past and have found to be open to checking out the latest in the book world.  As with any other reviewer, be sure to read their About page and make sure that your book falls into their accepted genres and that they are accepting review requests.  Most BookTubers have their contact information listed on their YouTube account. When reaching out to BookTubers that you feel would be a good fit for your book, offer to send them a complimentary copy of your book in exchange for an honest review. The more BookTuber’s you can get to agree to review your book, the better!
Now that we’ve observed the niceties, it’s time to get out there and meet your friendly neighborhood BookTuber! Here are a few of our favorite BookTubers to get you started:

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the reading bud









Lectura con Lentes

Amante Literaria


My life with books




Irish Reader

Cherrie Walker

Angie's Epic Reads



What We’re Reading: Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl by lena dunhamLena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” was released on Amazon a few days ago, and I bought it right away! After reading the first chapter, I was immediately hooked. Her writing style is poetic, yet relatable, and I love the way she honestly and bluntly describes herself. This is the definition of a tell-all book.
I would say it appeals more to women ages 20-35, maybe 40. It is a sort of coming-of-age novel in which Dunham recalls her awkward years, finding herself, and all the quirky habits that make her who she is today. It is enchanting and extremely honest. In the first chapter she describes not being able to find a group she fit into as a 20-year-old, but having hope that “they would recognize me when they saw me. They would like me enough that it wouldn’t matter if I liked myself” (Not That Kind of Girl). That kind of reality is hard to share, but it helps so much in drawing your readers in and relating to them directly. 
Be warned: this book is not censored; Dunham holds nothing back, as in she is not afraid to “make casual reference to my vagina, like it’s a car or a chest of drawers.”. If you’re comfortable with a bit of vulgarity, you will love this book.
I completely recommend reading it, and check out Dunham’s book tour if it’s headed to your city!
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How To Get More Reviews For Your Indie Novel

books in libraryWhat good is publishing your book if it never gets read? Know the basics of what it takes to get your indie novel reviewed.
The prospects for independent authors today are better than ever thanks to the phenomenon of digital self-publishing. Publishing through e-reader devices such as the Kindle and Nook is as easy as clicking a mouse. Once no-name writers such as Amanda Hocking (My Blood Approves series) and Hugh Howey (Wool) have managed to engineer breakthroughs to traditional publishing by going “indie”. To say that the once accepted publishing boundaries are shifting is an understatement, they’re dissolving. Despite the digital disruption some traditional publishing methods are still necessary for indie author success. Garnering book reviews for your indie novel is one such practice.
Books need to be read and authors, especially indie authors, need to get their novels reviewed. Just as digital self-publishing has changed the publishing world, blogs and social media have transformed the book review process. Blogging and social media sharing have blown the book review process wide open. This may sound fantastic, but what is important for indie authors to realize is that digital self-publishing has increased the competition for reviews. Now that anyone can self-publish with the click of a button the amount of material being generated on a daily basis is enormous. The fight for readers and reviews is fierce. It is a competition. Indie authors need to realize that they’re competing for reviews and tailoring their indie novel review request is critical to winning.
The reality is that review demand is outstripping supply. The odds of getting reviewed are stacked against most authors despite the hundreds of blogs and websites reviewing indie novels. Most book review blogs that are listed to websites such as Blog Nation or The IndieView are inundated with novels, novellas and short fiction for review. The stark reality is that many book review blogs have become de facto slush readers. Add the current Internet marketing trend of authors hiring online specialists and publicists to navigate the social media world, and the reality is that only a fraction of submitted indie novels will ever be reviewed. Review blogs now offering paid or “sponsored” reviews should drive this fact home for aspiring indie authors.
How does an independent author get more reviews for their indie novel? The simple answer is by paying attention to detail. Type of work and genres accepted for review are two important items indie authors need to quickly assess when adding prospective book review blogs to their submission lists. After the author has compiled a list of prospective book review websites and blogs, time must be taken to actually read their review and submission policies. Many blogs are maintained by a lone reviewer; crafting personalized review requests should always be done when possible.
Making the submitted indie novel easier for review is also vital. Many indie authors lack confidence in their work or are fearful that their creative genius will be stolen. Reality is that the majority of submitted novels will not be read so the chances of copyright infringement or creative stealing isn’t realistic. Always send a copy of the novel with the review request. The indie author needs to muster their self-confidence and have faith in their work–supply the reviewer with a complimentary copy of the work for review. This is why electronic versions of the material are vital. Eliminate all unnecessary communication. The submitting author must take the time to learn the preferred electronic format of the reviewer. Provide the indie novel in the proper format as easily as possible.
Usually, only a brief email needs to be submitted with the work to be reviewed. This is the time for an astute author to shine. Realizing that the bulk of review submissions are spam emails is critical to increasing the odds of a positive review. How the submission email should read needs to be site specific. The author should be familiar with the individual reviewer and respect their submission policies. When possible, always address the reviewer by name. Tailored novel review submissions always have an advantage and will typically rise above the pack.
The indie author’s goal for review is simple; pay attention to detail and tilt the odds in the favor of getting your novel reviewed. This sounds clear and simple, but the reality is many indie authors opt for complexity. They create complex avenues for obtaining a copy of their work. Many lack confidence and fail to categorize their indie novel correctly. The result is usually failure. Again, the amount of indie novels submitted for review is growing daily. Getting an indie novel reviewed is a competition. Indie authors need to pay attention to the review blog or website submission policies, tailor the submission accordingly and confidently send a copy of their novel for review. Authors that do these simple things correctly on a regular basis should see their review rates increase, transforming indie author dreams into reality.