What to Include in a Review Request Email – with an example template!

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You’ve written a book – congratulations! Now you just have to get people to read it! One crucial way to accomplish your readership goals is to engage with influencers. Book bloggers, bookstagrammers, booktubers – whatever you’re calling us, we’re the literature nerds introducing new books to audiences with numbers in the thousands.

Readers might even trust blogger recommendations more than they trust traditional review sites such as the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, or USA Today. Take a look at the result of this twitter poll when I asked whose book reviews readers found more trustworthy.


So how can you get book bloggers to read and review your book? First and foremost – you need to write a great review request email. This 500 words or less email message can make or break snagging a book blogger for review. Here’s how to tackle it:

Review Request Email – Outline and Template

Paragraph 1 should include:

  1. Why you’ve chosen this blogger to review your work. What is it about this particular blogger that caught your interest? Be complementary yet sincere.
  2. Your book title. Make sure you’ve hyperlinked the title to its listing on Amazon, Goodreads, or your publisher’s website.
  3. Your book’s genre, publisher, and release date.
  4. Any accolades your book has already received (optional).

Paragraph 2 should include:

A brief description of the book. And I mean brief! Don’t write an 800 word essay. Just give a clear, concise description of your work.

Paragraph 3 should include:

A clear outline of your request. Are you looking for a blog site review? Posts on instagram? Inclusion in a youtube video? Be as clear and definitive about your request as possible.

Your preferred timeline. When are you looking for posts to be made active? Around your release date? During a promotion you’re running? Be clear, but flexible.

Paragraph 4 should include:

A sincere thank you for their consideration. Thank them for their time and consideration. Remind them what it is about their unique book blog that makes your book a good fit.

Don’t forget to include an image! The modern world is driven by visual stimuli. Reviewers want to, quite literally, judge your book by it’s cover.

Here’s how it should look all together:

Hi Blogger-name,

I’ve just discovered your wonderful book blog and started following you on Instagram. The unique way you outline your reviews is so eye-catching! I think my contemporary fiction novel, Book Title (Sep. 26, Publisher), would be a great fit with your reading style. I’ve already received some great feedback, The New York Times called it “funny and inspiring” – I’d like to hear what you think too!

Book Title follows totally badass character John Doe as he kicks ass and take names while taking the ring to mordor/defeating the bad guys/discovering he’s a wizard. But things aren’t as easy as they seem and John will have to confront his own, probably dark, past in order to save the day and take home the girl at the end of his epic journey, etc. etc.

I would love to send you a copy of my book in exchange for your honest review and 1-2 posts featuring my book on your beautifully curated Instagram account. It would be an honor to receive your feedback and to see my work featured on your feed! My release day is September 26th – if you choose to review, would your schedule allow you to post on or around that date?

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog! I’ll definitely be reading your reviews and taking a look at what you’re reading on Instagram from here on out!

Talk soon,

@supercoolauthor’s social media handles
Supercoolauthor’s website link

Book bloggers like myself can receive multiple email requests every day. Make yours stand out by doing it up right!

1 thought on “What to Include in a Review Request Email – with an example template!”

  1. Hi Bex,

    Charlsie Russell here. I’m a writer of American Historical Fiction and I’m working my way through the book bloggers list. I find myself suddenly holed up on your site. Am loving this authors resource section you have compiled and offered to writers like me. I’m now one of your subscribers and am fixing to share your link with another writer friend. Thanks so much for what you’ve done here.


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