This post was originally written by Paula-Yuan Gregory and published on April 23, 2019. It was updated on May 26, 2021, for accuracy.
Here we are, back again to speak about the benefits of LitPick. Last time, in Part I of the Litpick Book Reviews, we discussed primarily the benefits of LitPick for students, educators, and parents. This time, let’s talk a bit about the benefits it has for my fellow writers. We all know getting reviews can be like pulling teeth. This website, however, makes getting reviews for your books much more hassle-free, reliable, and beneficial to both you as a writer and those who are writing your reviews! Let’s get started.
Reviews are important. This is a point that has been brought up time and time again. The reason? Because they are REALLY important!! It is credible reviews that get your name out there and make your book seen by the public. Oftentimes, reviews directly correlate to the success or failure of your book.
Summary of LitPick basics
If you remember in Part I, I have previously mentioned that LitPick was a student-run review service. However, with the years, Litpick evolved to review adult genres as well. LitPick readers review paper copies of books, or they can choose to review e-books for free. After reviewing, they get to keep the books at no additional cost. These reviews are revised by the LitPick staff and then submitted to be published after the edits are confirmed. Anyone with a LitPick account can participate in reviewing, after submitting a “reviewer application.” And anyone can read the reviews written if they have access to the internet.
Why is this important to you?
Oftentimes, writers will pay services to review a single manuscript of theirs. The review process is lengthy and the prices are high. Because of this, turnaround isn’t great and it could keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for answers. Lastly, the people reviewing your work are paid to review it. Take it for what it is, but sometimes, that may not be the best way to get book reviews. This is because the people may not actually be interested in what you are writing, they are just completing another review because it is their job.
How is LitPick different?
LitPick is different because the people reviewing your books are students and adults, who elect to do so. These book lovers are not getting paid to read your books. So when you look at what they say, you can guarantee that they wrote it with true feeling and thought.
Another reason LitPick is different is that, if you write for children and teens, the students that review your books are most likely within the age range of your expected audience. That is because LitPick tries to match student reviewers with books that are appropriate for their age level and adult books with adult reviewers. Though, you may find professional adults, such as librarians and teachers, reviewing a book about teen drama in middle school.
This is the extra edge that LitPick provides and no other reviewing service offers: a guarantee that the audience you wrote the book for will be reviewing it personally. That way, the review can be as honest as possible and you will know whether or not your intended audience enjoys your writing.
How to get reviews for your books
Have I sold you yet? I guess the last piece of information that you are wondering about would be costs.
By default, LitPick offers a Basic package for $50. The package includes the book review service, website listing, and eligibility for the “LitPick Five Star or Top Choice Book Award.”
But as resourceful as the platform is, LitPick also offers customized options. You only need to contact their team to discuss your needs. Here’s the link to LitPick Review package, for your use.
As a Global Studies graduate, since I discovered this site, I can’t get it out of my head. Every once in a while I will go on if I am looking for books to recommend to people or read to the kids I babysit for. I know I can always trust the reviews because they are honest and raw.
So, will your book be the next one I see up there? I hope so!