Formatting a Review Request
How does one go about writing a review request? If you have been following the past few installments of my blog series, you will already have seen my suggestions on how to approach reviewers as well as what NOT to include in a review request. But what should a review request look like?
Here are a few tips on how to format a request, as well as a sample request down below.
Basic Formatting Tips
- Stay away from requests which are a single paragraph. Requests should be easy and appealing to read, meaning that they shouldn't be a solid block of text.
-Think of this request as a cover letter. It should contain a greeting, the request, a blurb, a mention of where to gain more information, and a thank you.
Sample Review Request Formatting
Dear [reviewer's name],
I recently came across your website while searching for blogs which reviewed books similar to my own. [Book's title] is a(n) [age group and genre], dealing with themes of family and friendship:
If you are interested in reviewing my book, I can offer an eARC in whatever format you prefer. And should you wish to see a sample before making your decision, I have included the first 500 words at the bottom of this email.
[Book's title] will be up for purchase on Amazon beginning April 17th and the week before, I will be available to take part in interview or Q&A posts should they be desired.
Thank you for your time in reading my request,
A few things to note from my example are the mention of what format the author is willing to provide their book in, the date the book will be released, and that the author is available for other promotional posts should the reviewer wish to do those.
Many reviewers prefer to read in one format or another (ebook or print) and are more likely to accept a request which offers what they prefer to read. The date a book will be/has been released is important because it helps a reviewer know when they would likely need to have a review completed by. And the offer of other promotional posts allows the reviewer the freedom to suggest a spotlight post rather than a review, or to fill empty slots in their blog schedule.
Every review request should be personalized to the author and their book. However, the author should make sure to include as much pertinent information as possible. The more information a reviewer has, the easier their decision will be.
Besides, it doesn't hurt for an author to appear collected and professional.
I hope you find these tips helpfully! Are there any other questions you might have about working with reviewers? What is another blog series you would like to see?
Rebekah Gyger has professionally reviewed books since 2013. In that time, she has worked with many authors and publishers. Since then, she has also taken up freelance editing with a focus on developing an author's overall story. You can read more about her services as well as read author testimonies here.