How to get your book reviewed

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I admit I would love to know what people think of my books; but right now I’m still trying to figure out how to get people to read my books. So I was playing around with the idea of giving away some copies of my books in exchange for reviews. That lead me to doing some Google research which lead me to the discovery that you can actually pay to get your books reviewed. I was intrigued by this idea so I clicked on a link to find out more. Imagine my shock to discover that a simple book review could cost me hundreds of dollars.

I don’t mind the idea of paying someone to read and review my book (not a fake paid for glowing review but their honest opinion). Although, let’s face it, the way things usually work authors are the ones who get paid when people read their books. They don’t usually have to pay people to read their books; but when you self publish and you’re starting from the very bottom with limited resources for growing a reader base you sometimes have to consider things like paying people to read your book, provided of course there will be a benefit to doing that such as getting an honest review about the book from someone who isn’t a family member or a friend.

But the idea of paying upwards of $500 for a book review doesn’t excite me. I’d be a rich woman if I was paid $500 for every book I’ve ever read in my life–paid for the time spent reading and for giving my opinion of the book after reading it. I understand that time is money; and this is a service being offered and people can charge whatever they want for their time. But I wouldn’t pay $500 to get someone to read and review my book under any circumstance.

Surely there are writer to writer networks out there where writers who are in the same boat team up to help each other? I would definitely buy a copy of another writers book and read it and provide my honest opinion in a review in exchange for that writer doing the same favor for me.

I did come across a very extensive article written by a Kimberley Grabas back in February 2014 titled “How to Get Reviews For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge)” You can find the full article at Below is an excerpt from the article that provides food for thought as to whether paying for a review is a good or bad idea:

Should I Pay For Book Reviews?

Thanks to the self-publishing revolution, many of the walls have come down, allowing authors greater access and opportunities than ever before.power

But, “with great power comes great responsibility”, and there have been reports of rather dubious wielding of power.

Authors are now also expected to carry more–if not all–of the weight of decisions that were previously left in the hands of the publisher.

It would be naive to think that book reviews procured by a publisher for its author were free, unbiased and unculled (have you seen a bad review on a dust jacket?). But, the issue now is the perception of impropriety when an author pays for a review, often regardless of its legitimacy.

With book review authenticity already in jeopardy, it’s easy to see how paid reviews can further taint consumer perception.

Obviously, it is up to the individual to determine if paid reviews crosses any ethical or moral boundaries, but since there are other valid (and free) options available, it may be prudent to just skip the paid review minefield. (Read full article at

For me the idea was never to pay someone to write a fake glowing review; but to pay someone to read my book and write an honest review for better or worse. I would of course prefer not to have to pay people to read my book. That’s kind of desperate I guess; but it could be useful to a writer to get opinions on their work from people who are not biased in one way or another or just afraid to tell them the truth for whatever reason.


Does age matter for writers?


I strongly doubt that if J.K Rowling had been 60 when she wrote her Harry Potter books she would have been turned down by her publisher on account of her age.  I can’t see how age should matter for writers if a book is good. There have been more than a few successful books published that were written by people in their 50s and beyond. According to a huffingtonpost article, Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her 60s when she wrote the Little House on the Prairie books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder began writing as a columnist in her 40s. Contrary to a belief begun by the TV series about her family, the popular Little House books weren’t written when she was a young girl at all. They were written and published when the ‘girl’ was in her 60’s! (huffingtonpost)

The same Huffington post article mentions author Elizabeth Jolley who was in her fifties when her first novel was published. It’s unclear if she was 53 or 56. The age stated in the Huffington Post article is 56 but on Elizabeth Jolley’s wikipedia page it states that she was 53 when her first book was published, after receiving numerous rejection letters, and that she went on to publish fifteen novels and was releasing books well into her seventies.

Also mentioned was writer Mary Wesley. The article claims she was 71 when her first novel was published; but it’s not entirely clear from her wikipedia page if this is completely accurate. Whether or not her first novel was published when she was 71, most of her success as a writer was achieved while she was in her 70s. Most of her novels were written and published while she was in her seventies.

Does age matter for writers? No!

If someone thinks you’re too old to write and dream and strive to become a published author, or even if they think you’re too young, leave them to their opinion. They are entitled to it; but the fact is there have been children under the age of ten and men/women over the age of seventy who have become successfully published authors. It’s the story that matters.

Combat ageism

People have an attitude about age that is unfortunate for everyone in the world at large because we all age. As young as you might be right now, you will get older. Every older person was once a younger person and every younger person will one day be an older person. So it seems to me as if it could only be a good thing for people to change their attitudes about age. The truth of the matter is, life does not end after 50. Far from it, life continues on the same way as always and all too often, if you are not in a position financially to treat your later years as that time in life where you’re “finally able to relax”, life only becomes more challenging. So for the younger folks out there I can tell you this, you don’t want to live in a world where ageism is allowed to thrive. You want to live in a world where even at 60 you have opportunities and options for making the most of your life.

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Animal Stowaway Available on Kindle

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Book:            “The Animal Stowaway”

Author:        “Sarah V. Lewis”

Imprint: Meaddowcreek Books for all Readers

Illustrator:  Adela Lewis

The book “The Animal Stowaway” is about a group of children who in the summertime, found an exotic creature which can turn itself into a ball and unfurl into a regular shaped animal with two front paws and two hind feet.  At first they did not know what type of an animal it was but because of its habit of turning into a ball and back again into its mousy self, it became an object of great interest to these children. They knew their parents would not allow them to hang on to this unknown creature, so they snook it into the house and hid it under their bed for the whole summer without the slightest knowledge of their parents!  How is that possible? You will have to read the story to find out! And too, there was one thing the children forgot to find out before taking the animal home!  It was a busy summer for the children, trying to keep the secret animal from their parents, and when cousin Harriet the big mouth arrived on the scene, things got even worse! But two of the children found out that they really liked each other after all!…. Read on! Happy summertime reading!

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MAY 2014: It’s springtime once again

MAY 2014:It’s springtime once again, and everything is sending out blossoms. We must thank God for his wonderful and beautiful world! Get the children reading wholesome books with stories that teach positive lessons about getting along with others, caring about people even though they may not care about you!

Hard to do? Then read “The Rabbits” a story about some well-meaning children and a gardener who had no patience with them.

GOOD NEWS! Children love to read e-books and Your children can read “The Rabbits” on KINDLE and at a reduced price! There are also copies available on

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The Rabbits
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‘The Rabbits’ teaches compassion and forgiveness

This is Sarah V. Lewis, author of the book “The Rabbits”, which  is now published and available on  It is also available on Kindle.

This book, which is set in the beautiful countryside in the spring and summer time, is a Fantasy story, that  teaches young readers about forgiveness and compassion towards others. We see the Rabbits children, Webster, Lester, and their sister Mollie, showing compassion towards the character, Mrs. Allison, who had no tolerance for the rabbits whatsoever. Nevertheless, they were ready to save her when they thought she was in danger. We see here that the Rabbits had already forgiven her because without hesitation or thought of the way she had been treating them, they ran to her rescue. We also see compassion when Mollie Rabbit begged her brothers, Webster and Lester, to make sure no guns were used to capture Mr. Fox and his family. And she could not hold back the tears when she saw Mr. Fox, all haggard and tired, lying there as though dead.  No one else seemed to care whether he meant well or not, but Mollie knew in her heart that Mr. Fox really did not want to hurt any of them.  His reputation had preceded him and no one expected anything good from him. The immediate reaction of the Rabbit boys and their sister Mollie, showed that they did not think twice about helping Mrs. Allison, their sworn enemy.  All they knew was that they had to save her when she was confronted by Mr.Red Fox. The Fox family was also saved when the children called the Animal Control Center, who quickly took the animals to the safety of the zoo. This is a wonderful book for young people to read.This book can also be enjoyed by readers of all ages!


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Welcome to the website of children’s book author Sarah V Lewis. For more about Sarah V Lewis please view the “About the Author“. Get more information about books by Sarah V Lewis via the “Books” page. Read about Sara V Lewis works in progress on the “Works In Development” page.

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