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Book bloggers and indie reviewers: will I ever find my perfect match? πŸ’

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I think there should be a Match.com for authors and reviewers. That’d make things a heck of a lot easier!

You see, I’ve spent the better part of the morning poring over directories of book bloggers and reviewers and I’m coming up empty. Why? Because the entire universe of such beings seems to eschew literary fiction. They are all up into their steampunk and their elfin journeys, their sci-fi and their shirtless-hunk romances. The ones who claim to be “willing to” read lit-fic reveal in a sentence or two that they don’t really get it. Bad grammar, typos, so forth and so on. You wouldn’t want someone like that reviewing your baby.

So I ask: Anybody know of some good book bloggers and/or reviewers who’d actually want to read Yesterday Road? Maybe a blogger with a reputation for lit-fic reviews? It’s hard to believe there aren’t any out there…

Meanwhile, I’ll keep sifting through the tailings and hope to find a little chip of gold.

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6 comments on “Book bloggers and indie reviewers: will I ever find my perfect match? πŸ’

  1. John W. Howell
    October 28, 2013

    Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send two names of reviewers who said they would like to read your book. Also Rosie Amber has a submission section on her blog. My e-mail address: Johnhowell.wave@gmail.com

  2. francisguenette
    October 28, 2013

    If you build it they will come . . . or, ask and you shall receive. My review should be up in just a bit. I totally understand the situation you find yourself in. I faced the same thing. I’m still not sure how to go about finding reviewers.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 28, 2013

      Oh, Fran, you truly rock. ;o) No hurry to review, though. I’m seeing this as a long, slow process. (You have nine 5-star reviews, by the way! Not too shabby.)

      I do think it’s a little tougher for those of us who write lit-fic. Maybe we can get something started!

  3. cinthiaritchie
    October 28, 2013

    I hear you. I was also surprised by some of the “book reviewers” I researched when my novel launched. Many were filled with grammatical errors, typos, clunky sentences, etc. Sadly, I fear that many of the reviewers had never read a well-written book. That said, there are some great reviewers out there; you just have to search for them. One great site is “The Quivering Pen.” Cheers and good luck.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 28, 2013

      You’ve been there/done that for sure, Cinthia. It strikes me as *almost* bizarre that certain, probably well-meaning, people declare themselves “book reviewers” and are then courted by writers who need exposure at any cost. And this is where the traditional system wins, I’m afraid, because a writer supported by Random House doesn’t need to troll the book blogs. Just a fact o’ life.

      Thanks for the referral to “The Quivering Pen.” I’ll definitely look into it…

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