Where to turn once your book is finalized?

Your "precious" is soon to be released. It's the culmination of years of work. This is it, your moment of joy. You'll press send on the Amazon page, and thousands of people will jump on your book, sending the money truck barreling to your house, so it can dump its contents at your door. Yes, I thought that too. It's a tad more complicated than that.

First of all, if there is nothing publicly posted about your book before it comes out, you will go through a long slog to get it recognized. There's no "buzz" about it, as they say. You want to get the conversation going a long time before it peeks its pages out into the world. So how do you do that?

You need to have reviewers read your book and post their reviews on the major social media platforms. Give yourself a good six months before the actual book comes out, so that you reach critical mass. You could pay for reviews, but there are plenty of kind souls out there who are willing to give you their honest opinions about your writing. All you have to do is send them either a physical copy, or one of the myriad electronic copies that exist. Which is why its important to export your book to a few of those as well.

Most commonly, they are Kindle, mobi or epub.

Always important to remember that whoever you are contacting for a review has criteria they wish followed, so take the time to read what they are before blindly sending off your email with the details of your book! Take special note of what genres these reviewers like, as well, just so you don't waste their time and yours with something they already know they'll refuse. Also check to see if the reviewer in question is accepting submissions at the time, and from whom. Some will review Indie authors, others not. Some have a backed-up stack of reading to do and are on hiatus. Don't burn your bridges just because you want to send as many requests as possible.


My request form looks somewhat like this:

Hello and good day! My name is Benoit Chartier

and my new book has been out for a bit.

I was wondering if it would be possible for you to

review it? Here are the details:

Title: Afterdeath

Author: Benoit Chartier

Genre: Paranormal YA

Length: 340 pages

Release Date: May 22nd 2017


Death is a country we see through the tiny keyhole of an immovable door.
Raised by their grandmother after their parents’ death, Chloe and Olivia Borders are now in mourning for Rose. The Alzheimer’s that forced them to be split into separate foster homes has taken their last living family member. As a way to rekindle their friendship, the twins commit to a road trip— which spells their demise. Now the question is: What comes after, and how will they get back to life?





I can send either a physical copy or ebook pdf upon demand. I have no turnaround time, and know you must be swamped. I appreciate your time and efforts.

Have a wonderful day,

Much obliged,

Benoit Chartier


As you can see, I started doing the requests after my book was out. I'll know not to do that for my next book. Make your request your own. Be polite, respectful, and keep the details pertinent. I included the links to my Amazon page as well as my Goodreads page, which you'll need if you want them to easily find them to add their reviews.

If you do start mailing out copies, I strongly recommend you get a Canada Post Small Business account. I have my own business with Trode Publications. Create your own business. You will save money on mailings, as many reviewers enjoy physical copies and give them precendence over ebooks.

The turnaround time varies for reviews. It can be anywhere from one to six months. It's not guaranteed that your book will be reviewed, neither is it a sure thing that the reviewer will like your book. For that reason, make sure you have the best possible product before sending it off, willy-nilly to every book blogger on the internet. Have it edited by a professional.

That's it for the details.

UPDATED: One of the developers for this tool sent me the link for this, a review search engine. Well worth a try!


Here is a list of book blogs I've compiled:

Book Review Blog:




Lounge Books




Indie Reader

Indie Book Reviewers



Free Canadian Reviews:

Book Nerd

Canadian Bookworm.blogspot.ca

Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright: Review Policy

A Tapestry Of Words: YA Reviews

Bookish Lifestyle

About & Contact | Monniblog

Sugarbeat's Books - The Home of the Romance Novel

Darlene's Book Nook

Policies for Reviewing | Chrisbookarama

Review Policy | Lavender Lines

About & Contact | Monniblog

The Written World

The Book Mine Set

Bending the Bookshelf

JaimeKristal: Tales of a Book Lover – https://jkbooklover.wordpress.com

Once Upon A Bookshelf | Where Fiction and Reality Meet

Snowdrop Dreams

The Paperback Princesses: All about us and blog policies

A Glass of Wine

The Literary Lollipop – Guilt-free adventures in reading, writing, and original fiction

Rabid Reads – Speculative Fiction Book Reviews

amy reads | random rambling thoughts on reading and life

Brown Paper

Mermaid Vision Books – a girl named angel who measures seconds in books

Ramblings of a Daydreamer


Dead End Follies

Library of Clean Reads

Mrs Q | Book Addict

Tynga's reviews

YA Book Shelf | Honest to Goodness YA Novel Reviews

A Bookworm's World

Musings of a YA Reader

Redlady's Reading Room: Contact & Review Policy

Mrs. Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews: Review Guidelines

As I turn the pages

This Perfectly Imperfect Life: {Book Review Policy}

A Worn Path: Review Policy & Disclosures

Always With a Book: Review Policy

The Book Junkie: About Me...

Laurie's Lit Picks

The Readathon: Book Reviews: For Authors

A Novel Review

Ivory Owl Reviews

American Book Review Blogs:


Review Policy | Anita Loves Books

A Soccer Mom's Book Blog: Review Policy

Contact/Review Policy |The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

A Utah Mom's Life: Friend Request - Book Review

Peeking Between the Pages – ...escape into the pages of a good book

Review Policy: Peeking Between The Pages

Blog – Hallie Sawyer

Email - Between the Covers

Book Review Policy | Wandering Bark Books

Review Policy | My Novel Opinion

Edible Tapestry

About - Books and Beverages

Review Requests |

Review Policy | Doing Dewey

Review Policy | Opinionated Book Lover

Katherine Scott Jones - stories to celebrate beauty amidst the brokenness

Kimmery Martin | Writer, Book Reviewer, Professional Literary Nerd

Literary Lindsey: About Me

mwladieswholit – A gang of bibliophiles sharing their love of books!

Review Policy - That's What She Read

BoundbyWords: Review Policy

Chick Lit Plus by Samantha March – Books. Beauty. Boss.

Review Policy | Book Journey

The Novel Life

Stacy's Books

Traveling With T – Bookish Thoughts, Book Reviews & Tales of Small Town Charms

Contact us | Lisa & Lisa Write a Book

Review Policy: Luxury Reading

Request a Fantasy Book Review

Self-Professed Book Hoarders: About Us, Contact Info & Review Request

Indie Book Reviews – Rhythm Prism Publishing

Adam J Smith - Author: Submit your book

Review Policy - The Bohemian Housewife

Book Review Policy | AlliesOpinions

Reading Shy With Aly: Contact and Review Policy

Mission Statement – THE WANDERER

Request a Book Review | Amanda Panda (Duh)

Muggleboooks’ Review Policy

About | Amie's Book Review Blog

Science & medical thrillers book news, reviews, author interviews & giveaways.

bookshelfreviews | REQUESTS

The Bewitched Reader: Review Policy

Review Requests by an Independent book blogger | Rambling Reviews

Review Policy - Fang-Freakin-Tastic Reviews

Submissions| United States | Reviews in the City

Review Policy – Thirsty for Health and Happiness

Review Policy | Amid The Imaginary

5 Girls Book Reviews: Review Policy/Review Requests - READ BEFORE SUBMITTING REQUESTS!!

Review Request | Read Between the Lines

Review Submissions – Regency Reader

Queen of Books: Review Policy

Science Fiction Fantasy Book Reviews

Request a Review | Ashley's Bookshelf

Review Policy  – Beleaguered Shards of Elegance

Review Policy | Audio Book Reviewer

Fallen Over Book Reviews

Request A Review | Clatter & Clank

Contact | B.B. Morgan

 Ajoobacats Blog

Book Reviews, Pg69 Challenge, Submission Guidelines | Barb Taub

Paging Through The Days: ~ Review Guidelines, Rating Scale & What we Review....

Review Policy – A Different Kind of Read

Bark's Book Nonsense: Queries

Contact - Uptown Oracle

Review Request Guidelines | Writerbee's Book Reviews

Livin' la vida Latina

Review Policy | Bellas Bright Bookshelf

Review Policies | Reading 'n Stuff

BigAl's Books and Pals: Submitting a Book for Review

Beauty in Ruins: REVIEW POLICY

Contact Us – Book Binge

Welcome to Rainy Day Reviews!: Review Policy

Review requests policy - Books In Brogan

Subscribe – Books on the Knob

Books To Get Lost In: Review Policy

Contact – The Book Worm Review

Review Policy – bookworm1102

C.E. Clayton: Book Reviews

Request a Review | The Book Canaries

Gadget Girl Reviews: Book Reviews

Carrie K's Book Reviews

Review Policy - Quartzfeather

Contact Cat Ellington – Reviews by Cat Ellington — est. 2017

Suggest a Book - Unlimited Book Reviews

Review Policy – etherealpages

Cath 'n' Kindle Book Reviews

twistedroadbooks | Review Policy

REFERRAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES | Paranormal Romance Writings and Reviews

Christian Indie Book Reviews: About

REVIEW POLICY | novellique

Crazy On  Books: Review Guidelines

Review Policy | CandidCeillie

Book Review Policy – Inside the Inkwell

contact me - Christy's Houseful of Chaos

Review Policy - Literary Musings

Book Reviews by Courtney Bauman: Request Review

The Violent Vixen: Review Policy

Review Requests!!! ~ Crystal's Many Reviewers

Crystal's Random Thoughts: Book Review Policy

Contact – Speedy Reader

Fantasy Books 411: Review Policy |

FREE Book Reviews | Urban Book Reviews

Review Policy | Author David Wiley

Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog: Review Policy

Romance Novels In Color: Review Policy

Empty Mirror's Review Policy - Empty Mirror

Derek Edgington | Review Policy

❀ Desert Rose ☯ Reviews: Our Review Policies

Reviews of a Bibliophile — Submit a post

Book Review Request - Diamante Lavendar

Doc Crabtree Book Reviews: Book Review Guidelines

My Review Policy | Gut Reaction Reviews

Submissions – Don Sloan


DR. AKUA'S BOOK REVIEWS: Dr. Akua's Book Review Policy

Submission guidelines – read carefully if you want me to review your book. | Elena Linville's Tower of Winds

Indie Book Reviews – Between the Beats

Review Policy — The avid reader

Guidelines – Erika Winterlia

Espinola Editor: Review Policy/Contact Me

Request a review ~ Dedicated Readers

BiteIntoBooks: Review Policy

Having Faith Book Blog

Fantasy Muse: Book Review Requests

Forward Scribes

Book Readers Heaven

Blog Policies at I am, Indeed

My Review Policy - Musings over Nothing

Vigilant Reader: Review Terms

My Real Life Reviews: REVIEW REQUESTS: Please Read this First!

Gerry B's Book Reviews

The Haunted Grave Books: Review Policy- PLEASE READ ALL

Review Policy – Hagit R. Oron

Review Requests | Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

Review Policy ~ Love Reading Romance

Henkjan Van Der Klis: Contact form

Review Policy | Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst

Review Requests - Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog

About the BellaOnline Literary Fiction Editor

Iola's Christian Reads: Review Policy

Request Form & Policy ~ PC | Paranormal Cravings FICTION Book Reviews: Best Book Recommendations

Review Policy- A Fortress of Books Blog

FAQ | By Rite of Word

Starving Review Requests | J. B. Garner - Musings of a Starving Author

The Lupa Schwartz Mysteries Blog: Review Policy

Romance Novels for Feminists: RNFF Submission Guidelines

Review Policy | Drink Coffee and Read books

About | you and i books

Dear Author: For Authors

Review policy & Contact – Jane Kelsey


Review Policy ~ Jazzy Book Reviews

Beyond the Curtain of Reality

Review Policy – booksblurbsandbeyond

Buttonholed Book Reviews: Submissions


Review requests ‹ Book Bitches


Ms. J Mentions...: Review Policy

Review Policy | Books & Margaritas

REQUEST A BOOK REVIEW • Nance's Writer's Thesaurus

Contact Me for Book Reviews | J.P. Wilder

K.C. Gray: Review Policy

CommonBookSense: Review Policy

Beyond The Rainbow: Review Policy

Just Another Girl and her Books: Review Policy

Review Request Policy  – The Reader's Handbook

Page Flipperz

Kayl's Krazy Obsession: Policies

Review Policy – Reveries Reviews

Review Policy & Contact - Reads and Treats

About This Blog | Arkham Reviews

Submissions – Books Reviews Anonymous

The Howling Turtle: Contact Me/Review Policy

History Woman Perspective: Review Policy

Submitting a Review Request | Leigh Holland Writes!

Blog Policy & Disclaimer – Shh, I am Reading

On Writing: Lilaina Osborn's Review Policy

Review Policy | Lilly's Book World

lrrsmith | REVIEW POLICY

Review Requests – Lisa Writes and Reads

Review Policy – The Spine View

Liz Ellyn: Contact |

picture-book-nook | SUBMISSIONS

Review Policy | Lucybird's Book Blog

Barnsey's Books: Review Policy

Oh Just Books: Review Policy

MP Book Reviews: Review Policy

Review Policy – Mari's Book Reviews

Submission Guidelines – The Reader Inside Me

Submissions | Marie does book reviews

Contact/Review Policy – Story Book Reviews

Requests ~ Contact Us | Sinfully

Zigzag Timeline: About

Free Romance book review

A Booktropolis: My Review Policy

Book Review Policy – A Blue Green Universe

Book and Author Promotion – I Read What You Write!

Books are Theater of the Mind: Review Policy

Elysian Fields Book Reviews: Review Request Policy

Long And Short Reviews: Request a Review

Services for Authors - Whispering Stories

FAQ | Underrated Reads


The Haphazardous Hippo: Review Policy

Review Policy – O. D. Book Reviews

Contact - paigebypage: let's talk books and writing

A Coffee & Kindle: Review Policy

The Phantom Paragrapher: Review Policy

Review Policy – perfectioninbooks

Rachel's Really Random Reviews: Review Policy

Review Policy | raeleighreads

Just Books: Interviews, Spotlights & Promotions ~Guidelines

Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog: Review Policy

Review Policy | Reading Nook

Nevermind the Furthermore: Review Guidelines

How I Rate & Review | Reading Renee

Review Policy - Black Magic Reviews

Review Policy | Rosie Writes...

Contact | MurderMayhem&More

Roxie’s Book Review Policy - [Roxie Writes]

S.J. Pierce's Official Website: Book Review Policy

Bending the Bookshelf: Review Requests (and more)

Rockin' & Reviewing: Review Policy

Sam And Thac Fischer: Review Submission Guidelines |

Book Boyfriend Reviews: Review Policy


Review Requests Submission Guidelines

Book Review Policy and Copyright | Today We Did

Review Policy – Quesarasera Book Blog

Review Requests / Policy | Best YA Book Blog |Girl Plus Book

Book Room Reviews: Advertise Online

Reading Bifrost Review Policy/Contact

Review Policy - Sci-Fi & Scary

Review Request Policy – The Serial Reader

Review Requests – Shotgun Logic

Review Requests – Shari Sakurai

Fire & Ice Book Reviews - Scorching-Hot Romance Blog: Review Policy

Lost To Books: Review Policy

Adventures Thru Wonderland: Review Policy

Review Requests - Stephanie's Book Reports

Submissions | Striking 13

A Book a Day Reviews: Sunday's Review Policy

Review Policy | The Rock of Pages

Book Reviews | United States | Tabithasbooks

Tales of a Librarian: Review Policy

Book Girl: Review Policy

The Future Fire Reviews: Guidelines

Submit for Review | The Indie Bookshelf

This Girl Reads a lot!: Review Policies/About The Blogger

Tim Dams Book Reviews

The Writing Desk: About / Contact

Review Policy | Tonya Cannariato

In Tori Lex: Review Policy

Contact Us | 6twistedbiscuits

Underground Book Reviews – Terms and Conditions

Perks of Being A Late Night Reader: Review Policy

About | dzsreviews

Book Review Submission — The Rebel Christian

veereads – It's About Story

YA Reviewers – Reviewing Young Adult / Teen Books






UK Book Blogs:


For Authors : Bookangel.co.uk

Review Policy – Inconsistent Pacing

Contact/PR - Stressed Rach

Ebooks for Aviation Fans

Zaheer Ahkalik Review Policy – reading and reviews



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