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I would like to ask if it is possible for me to find reviewers for my books. How do I find them on this website? Thank you.

Dear Readers: How do you find reviewers for your books? Please post your insights below.

 

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10 Comments

  1. As-salamu Alaykum, and thank you for your question.

    I would suggest looking for book bloggers who review books in your genre. You can also look for bloggers who cover your genre in general. For example, if your book is about astronomy, then you might approach an astronomy blog. If it is a cookbook, then look for food blogs.

    On this website, you might find a few members who do that kind of writing.

    You should be prepared to offer the reviewer a free copy of your book, even if only in electronic format. You can get the word out via social media, your blog, and whatever means may be available to you. It is considered good form for the reviewer to mention having received a free copy in exchange for a review.

    Think about where such a review might be published. Will it be on the writer’s website, or will it appear in a professional publication, like a magazine or newspaper?

    Some writers have submitted book reviews to us here at the Muslim Writers Club, but we have declined to publish any because they seemed more like advertisements than reviews. This is something you should keep in mind when trying to get reviews for your books. Look for genuine reviewers – people who write professionally and will provide a balanced assessment of your book.

    Insha’Allah, more authors will chip in with their own experiences.

    Amel – MWC Admin
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  2. Hi Amel,

    Firstly your efforts and this platform are highly appreciated. Thank you for the Muslim Writers Club. In my experience the publisher sends out copies for reviews. But I’m presuming here, in case of self publishing it’s all up to the author. In this case, I agree with your suggestions and twitter is a resourceful medium to find bloggers to review ones publication. Another helpful site is “The Muslim Writers” blog. One more suggestion from my end would be to connect with local newspapers and librarians they normally support local authors.

    Good Luck!

    • Thank you for this additional input. As you mentioned above, one of the benefits to being traditionally published is that the publisher will usually seek out appropriate venues for reviews, arrange for interviews, etc. It is much harder for self-published titles to obtain mainstream coverage.

      Amel – MWC Admin
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  3. Thank you so much for your input Ali Lawati and Amel. I will try to find reviewers from this website. It is indeed a great website to connect.

    Jazakallah again.

  4. Salam Sister,

    Another thing you can do to publicize your book is write your own articles. You might talk about your book directly…or even indirectly by discussing some issue related to the topic or theme of your writing. Write articles that show you are an expert in your field, and people will naturally be drawn to your books. This could take place on your personal blog or by writing for other sites.

    Amel – MWC Admin

     
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