Midwest Book Review - On the weekend, I finally received a review from the well-respected Midwest Book Review. The organization only reviews less than a third of the books for which reviews are requested, so I was excited and smiling when I received the review from them. Without revealing too much, let's just say that it was a positive but problematic review. It had a major error. I have the right to use the review, which has some very favorable sentences that would be good for marketing purposes, but it didn't feel right because of the flaw. So I wrote to them and pointed out the error. I thought I might never hear from them again, but the next day I received a letter from the editor, who apologized and said he'd look into it with the reviewer. I don't know if I'll hear from them again. But given that they are a reputable organization, I really hope that I do.
IndieReader.com - Finally, I sent my book for review to IndieReader.com. Their reviews are free, but there's no guarantee your book will get reviewed at all. With the Midwest Book Review, I knew I had a 1 in 3 chance, but with IndieReader, I haven't a clue what the odds are. Still, worth a try.
In the end, I care far more what readers think of my book than what professional reviewers think. However, good reviews from professional reviewers could potentially get me more readers, so it's a necessary evil. If you have read my book and would like to review it, please do so on the Amazon of your choice. You can use a secret pen name if you want your review to be anonymous!