Back in October of 2017, I got a message offering to let me try a service for getting reviews for free called Voracious Readers Only. Being one not to pass up free, I said yes. Now, it's been a few months and I think enough time has passed to where I can give a decent review to whether it was worth trying.
The goal of the service is to get books into the hands of readers who will review and become fans. Readers also agree to let you add them to your mailing list.
VRO promises around 20 readers per book. I can say that is a promise they easily achieved. I had Being Human and Abducted Life offered for review. Being Human got 38 requests and Abducted Life received 48.
But how many reviews did both books get?
I went looking at Amazon and Goodreads and it looks like each book got about five or six reviews and mostly on Goodreads. I did receive two emails of people who reported back to VRO with links to their reviews. I don't think this is bad because I've heard for every 100 book reviewers you contact, you are luck to hear back from ten.
My main issue was Larry, the person who contacted me, made it sound VRO would ensure everyone reviewed the book in his initial message. That sounded farfetched to me. Looking at their website, I see in the FAQ they say they can't guarantee everyone will read and review the book. Maybe they realized it sounded as if reviews were guaranteed. I can't say as I didn't look at the FAQ until much later.
Anytime I had to contact VRO, I received prompt responses and they were friendly and helpful.
In regards to the mailing list, it added 86 new people to my newsletter, but in the two newsletters I have sent out, I've had at least one person who was added through VRO unsubscribe. That's two for two, so I'm wondering what will happen next time I send out a newsletter (and this is with both newsletters having giveaways in them.) I did read a review from another author who had great success with VRO in regards to her newsletter, so maybe it's hit or miss, or possibly, I just suck at newsletters.
Should you try it?
In short, yes. VRO offers to let authors try the service for free and if you like it, you can do a 20$ a month ongoing promotion to find more readers. I'm considering trying that for a month with whatever book I release next (I just have to get a book ready.)
If you are into reading and reviewing, you can sign up to get books through this service. It costs nothing to join and you get books. Just make sure you are willing to write reviews. The site states it's not for people who just want to fill their ereaders with free books they never intend to read.
If you want to know more, visit Voracious Readers Only and click on Readers or Authors at the top to get the information about it.
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