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for authors and writers.

We provide proven, value-driven tools and services to help improve your book’s credibility and discoverability, making it easier for you to get it where it belongs: in front of readers.

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Pro Book Reviews

IndieReader has been providing professional book reviews to indie and self-published authors–for almost 1/2 the price of our competition–since 2009. Our team of reviewers include working journalists, editors, librarians and published writers.

Darcy Chan

Bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse

“The review gave my book visibility in a crowded marketplace and a vital introduction to readers, both of which helped it become a bestseller.”

Verified Reader Reviews

Boost your books’ sales position with Verified Reader Reviews, posted to your Amazon and GoodReads pages. IR will get your book into the hands of readers who will write and post honest reviews to give your book the sales power it needs to sell more copies.

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A few words from IndieReader founder, Amy Edelman

When we launched IndieReader back in 2009, it was with the intent of trying to level the playing field for self, hybrid and small press published authors. I had been both traditionally published (by Simon + Schuster in 1997 and Crown in 2007) and self-published, and so was in a unique position to see the challenges with each. At that time there were no other companies that offered review services for indie authors, let alone distribution and marketing options. It was like a desert out there, and we made it our goal at IR to provide some much needed relief.

Now over 10 years later we have reviewed thousands of indie titles. In that time we have also seen most of the negativity directed to self-publishing disappear, to the point where indie books regularly make the major bestseller lists (which we post weekly), win major literary awards (including our very own Discovery Awards) and sell hundreds of thousands of copies. Which means that the competition to write and publish a great book is only greater, because todays writers are not just competing with other indie authors, they’re competing with traditionally published authors too.

And now more than ever, IR knows exactly what it takes for an indie title to not just succeed, but also to stand out from the pack. So what are you waiting for?  Via our curated and ever-expanding range of services, let our team at IndieReader help you build visibility and credibility for your indie book!

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Author Knowledgebase

The Socratic Method of Book Marketing

One common method for discussion or problem solving is called the Socratic Method. This is when you ask questions about the topic at hand, and use the answers to better understand what you really want to do. It is used in many industries, but have you ever thought about applying it to your marketing efforts?

Advice from IR Approved Author Elaine Alec: “Be fearless.”

Calling My Spirit Back is an exceptional piece of Canadian writing by an Indigenous author that addresses our particular period in Canadian history when the conversations about systemic racism and abuse of women and the historical and ongoing trauma of our First Nations are finally starting to resonate beyond their typical boundaries.