Looking to get into advanced readers copies,(ARC) or looking to start reading for review, but are unsure how to start?
You're in luck.
Here are some tips, as well as some resources to get you started.
1. Virtual book tour companies will have select books for review. These are a great way to get your foot in the door. Most times the book may already be released, giving you a change to look at the already posted reviews and see if it's something that you would read. One of the most important things when choosing a book/ARC is having an idea if you would be able to give the book a three star or above. This should be done carefully so that you aren't in a situation where you either don't like the book, can't finish (due certain book elements), or are unable to meet your deadline.
Here are some Virtual Tour Companies, that I personally use, to help you get started.
o iRead Book Tours
You can also find ARC's and other books for review on select GoodReads groups. You will need a GoodReads account to access these groups.
2. When choosing your first book, start with one that has a lower word/page count to test the waters. We all have busy lives, and reading isn't something that can be done in a flash. Also make sure you choose an deadline that fits into your schedule. If something comes up an you can't meet that deadline, contact the partner where you got you book from. Below are some host site for review requests.
3. Make sure you understand what type of book you're choosing. Research it. Genre, theme, sub-genre, info about it from the author. If a book has explicit content, it will most likely have a note/warning from the author. Don't get upset if you start reading and it turns out to be something that doesn't alien with your personal views; because you didn't do the research before hand. (You know what I'm getting at. I've seen to many reviews like that, and it all it shows is your close mindedness and stupidity)
4. Treat this as a commitment. Know your reading pace, and how long it takes you to read at different word/page counts. If you're late, or do not post a review after the deadline, it will hinder your changes of getting more books for review. You could end up getting black listed/ banned from acquiring future books/ARC's.
5. Your review doesn't have to be something deep, or insightful. You aren't wiring a book report, simply write what you fell about the book.
6. Avoid putting a rewrite of the synopsis in your review. There is no need for it, as the book details will cover that.
7. Try to avoid spoilers. You can allude to some, give a tease about it, but don't drop major plot points or twists in your reviews.
8. It's okay to put in what you didn't like about the book. Authors love constructive criticism, and often times will thank you for it. It helps them grow as writers.
9. If you hate the book, try not to drag the authors character down. There's no need of it. Give your low rating, explain why you didn't like it and where to improve. Let it go, it's a piece of fiction, forget about it and move on. Often times if you contact the author, or the company where you got the book, and explain the situation (can't finish, can't give it a three start above, etc.) they will, most times, understand and release you from that commitment.
10. Lastly, DON'T BE LATE! DON'T GHOST, AND DON'T UP-LODE YOUR REVIEW COPY FOR OTHERS TO STEAL! Especially if you signed a NDA. Digital or not, that's a contract and you could be sued for damages and breach of contract.