Get Reviews for Your Self-Published Book

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The self-publishing revolution has benefited writers in many ways, but it’s still quite difficult for self-published authors to attract traditional media coverage and get reviews from a big-name book critics.

We all know positive reviews are a crucial component of building buzz for your book. You can (and should) always encourage Amazon customer reviews, of course, but what other options are out there for an independent author who needs to get reviews from knowledgeable readers?

Look no further.

Places that review self-published books

  1. Reader’s Favorite
    included in BookBaby’s BookPromo program
  2. Story Cartel
    included in BookBaby’s BookPromo program
  3. Goodreads – According to their website, they are “The world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love.”
  4. Digital Book Today – “Digital Book Today has a group of contributors who have either worked in the book industry and/or have been avid book readers all of their lives.”
  5. Kirkus – “Typically fewer than 300 words, our reviews include summary content to give our readers context along with a concise, unbiased opinion that can be positive, negative or neutral.”
  6. Self-Publishing Review – “Self-Publishing Review is a family owned business with a dedicated staff of professional reviewers from both the US and UK.”
  7. – “IndieReader’s team of professional reviewers boasts a range of background and experience and includes journalists, teachers and librarians, as well as published writers.”
  8. Indie B.R.A.G. – “The word indie refers to self-published books, while B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group. This is a privately held organization that has brought together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States and in ten other countries around the globe.”
  9. Blue Ink Review – “While fee-based, all BlueInk reviews are honest appraisals, written by professionals drawn largely from mainstream media outlets or editors who have worked at well-respected publishing houses.”
  10. The Indie Reviewer List – (not a review site itself, but a great resource with links and contacts for book reviewers and blogs that highlight self-published literature)
  11. Book Blogger Directory  — Similar to The Indie Reviewer List, this is a “comprehensive listing of book blogs.”

Plus, BookBaby authors have access to BookPromo, a powerful set of book promotion tools and services. You are guaranteed to get reviews – for free! Learn more at

Where have you gotten your independent book reviewed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."


  1. Have you ever considered creating an e-book or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss
    and would love to have you share some stories/information.
    I know my viewers would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

    • Do you mean a publicist? Someone who will follow up on those mailings in order to encourage media coverage/reviews/etc? There’s probably a good list online of PR options for indie authors. Though, hiring PR help can often be expensive, so just go into it with that expectation.


  2. Besides these options, there’s always the option of simply reaching out to individuals who have some sort of platform and seeing if they’d be interested in reading and reviewing your book for their audience. You might have to offer them some compensation, since obviously it takes a while to read a book, and also to create a review for it, but it might be worth it!


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