Christy Pinheiro over at Step-By-Step Self-Publishing maintains a list of reviewers that accept self-published books. Earlier this week, she released The Official Indie Book Reviewer List. It’s only 99 cents and offers more detailed information about a subset of the review sites listed at her website.
I’ve been using Christy’s online list to find potential reviewers for my fantasy novel, but I still splurged on her eBook. It was worth it. Review policies are sometimes vague (“I’ll read anything!”), so having more details about some reviewers has allowed me to consider or eliminate them with more confidence.
Christy offers a word of caution about not querying or sending books to reviewers who don’t review your genre. Please heed this advice. It gives all of us a bad name when someone wastes a reviewer’s time by querying them about a book in a genre they’ve said they don’t accept. And since the reviewer’s audience probably won’t be interested in the book, there’s no point.
I’d also be careful about sending books without querying first. I would never send a print book to a reviewer who says, “Send me your book, but I don’t guarantee a review.” To me, that’s just an easy way for someone to get free books. I only break the “query first” rule when an influential site accepts eBooks and explicitly states not to query.
Christy’s list and eBook are superb resources. If you’re seeking reviews, check them out.