The most recent endeavor of book reviewer Sabrina Williams, allows authors, publicists, and publishers to screen book reviewers for compatibility before a query is submitted. FOR
PRLog (Press Release) – Nov 24, 2008 – Internationally recognized book reviewer Sabrina Williams, of Breeni Books (www.breenibooks.com) announces the launch of The Book Bloggers (http://breenibooks.today.com), a tool for authors and bloggers to connect for marketing collaboration. Authors will have the ability to familiarize themselves with reviewers before submitting a book for consideration, ensuring a more amiable audience for their work.
The Book Bloggers will feature an ongoing series of interviews with book bloggers from all backgrounds and areas of expertise. The interviews will be based on a standard set of questions, compiled to extract information pertinent to review submission. Each blog will be categorized based on types of books reviewed and services offered. Authors, publicists, and publishers are encouraged to browse categories for potential reviewers that will be best suited to the needs of a particular marketing campaign.
I have always agreed that for self-published authors this is a much needed resource. I see so many authors, hungry for reviews, submit their work willy nilly to book reviewers far and wide without doing any research. Or, worse, they submit to pay-for-review sites, which often give glowing reviews regardless of quality ... I feel this is great disservice to the author.
When hunting for that much needed review:
- You want an experienced reviewer -- read other reviews they have done. Do they have an objective analytical style?
- Let's face it: You want the best reviewer for your book. Do they specialize in your genre and style?
- You want an honest critical review, and more importantly...
- You don't want to waste money on review copies that result in nothing -- even a negative review is worth its weight in gold.
So stop on over and check out the site and then bookmark it, as new review sites will be added daily. The Podpeeps are scheduled to be profiled on December 10, 2008.
Again, thanks Breeni, any resource that helps authors navigate the murky review waters is greatly appreciated.