Monday, 31 August 2015

Amazon top 500 Reviewers and the Author Review Dichotomy

Most my author tips have some advice attached, but on this topic I am struggling and look to the wider community for an answer, so if you can help resolve this conundrum please feel free to post.

The advice to authors is to get a Top 500 Reviewer on, say, Amazon to review your book. However, many top reviewers seem to resent being contacted for reviews. Easy-amazon-tricks-for-getting-more-reviews-from-the-top-50-reviewers/ is an example of how to solicit reviews and yet one of the reviewers replies to state how much he hates being contacted. Surely a reviewer not wanting top be contacted should not post a contact address?

How then should an author seek a review. Does the author politely stay quiet in the hope that a top reviewer reads their work or is there an acceptable way of contacting reviewers?

Do all reviewers feel this way, or is the offer of a free book sufficient recompense for their time? Bearing in mind that a book can take several years to write and the cost of editing and a cover can be substantial.

Should any reviewer wish to review my fantasy novels then feel free to contact me here or view my Facebook page. See my website for links -- meanwhile, any views on how best to approach this thorny topic would be welcomed.


  1. It's a tough issue, David. Many reviewers are inundated with titles...on any given day I have about 70 that I am committed to know, in my spare time. That means, hmm, 1-4 hours to read the work, about 30-60 minutes to write a thoughtful review, and maybe 15-30 minutes to get it cross-posted (given the vagaries of various review sites). I am contacted at least three times per week by folks who are looking for a review, and the review site I write for usually posts about 100+ new titles a week. It would be nice if there was a way for authors to contribute to a pool to pay reviewers to help compensate for our time. If there was an overall pool that paid a certain amount per title, perhaps that would remove the stigma of 'paying' for a review and help relieve some of the backlog. Unfortunately, with the glut of books flooding the market through both self-pubbing and traditional publisher, it is difficult to keep up.

    1. ELF, I have seen your reviews and you are very thorough. I appreciate you are busy but hadn't realised just how busy. Wow, that's a massive workload. Has the author/review process gone mad?

      I am still left with a problem though, how to contact reviewers when they are so busy and your post shows just how difficult the problem has become.

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