Let's be honest. There's a stigma when it comes to buying book reviews. Paying for a book review is a mark of disgrace. Only a scumbag would pay for a review. Only the lowest of the low. Only a real piece of—
Cate, interesting article and a helpful comment thread, too. Thanks for referencing me, but keep in mind I made that comment to rationalize why people pay for book reviews. I’ve never paid for a review and don’t recommend paying for any reviews unless you’ve already exhausted the options for free reviews in your particular genre, category, or niche.
Should Authors Pay for Book Reviews
So, should authors pay for book reviews? We would rather you cast an eye over the responses from our latest survey and draw your own conclusions, but it does still seem that a five star review from a top book review site still carries a great deal of kudos. In our first blog post titled The Secret Of Viral Book Sales we shared a formula for creating viral book sells and it should be remembered that compelling, professional reviews are one of the most powerful forms of publicity you can get.
While it's customary to give a reviewer a copy of your book, in whatever format is best for the reviewer, it has not been customary to pay for book reviews. However, as with anything, there are people who have decided to make this a writing niche for themselves. I'm not going to judge. Do what you love...right? And if you love to read and you like to write, being a book reviewer is an awesome job and to be paid for it is a bonus. However, as a writer, do you want to pay for a book review? Do you feel it's honest to pay for someone's opinion; if the opinion is paid for, how honest will it be? From the blog titled Book Designer, Joel Friedlander talks about whether or not authors should pay for book reviews (See . He's a no. His main points are that it is dishonest and it cheapens the process. In her blog post, , Kristen Sheppard states that self-published or indie authors may need to pay for book reviews because very few people willl review self-published books without incentive. If you do a Google search on the subject, the opinions of the top sites seems to be not to purchase reviews. This is not a scientific search of evidence but just an observation. BookFuel's opinion is that you do NOT pay for book reviews. We agree that it cheapens the process and is disingenuous. Again - I'm not going to judge. I would suggest, however, if you DO pay for reviews, make sure it's a reviewer with integrity, one who will actually give you an honest review.Paying for professional book reviews remains a controversial topic that very few authors have practical, unbiased information about. In fact, it’s not even well-known in the author community that paid book reviews exist, and even less is known about the value of such reviews.