Himalayan Book Club – Book reviews for authors

Featured Authors

Shubha Sarma

Rashmi Narzary

Arjun Raj Gaind

Smita Das Jain

Rochelle Potkar

Kanchana Banerjee

Avinash Matta

Vibha Batra 

Salini Vineeth

Kiran Manral

Book reviews can make or break a book. Your book is ready. It's recently been launched, or is very close. You want a bunch of reviews for your book as soon as it is launched. What do you do?

At the Himalayan Writing Retreat we love to support new writers. We believe your your hard work should be acknowledged and noticed.  No better place than with reviews on Amazon.in or on Goodreads.

We have started the Himalayan Book Club with this goal in mind. You, dear author, can submit your published or soon-to-be published work to us to share with our panel of reviewers. Once we have your request form, we will suggest your book to our reviewers.  If the book is not out yet, an Advance Review Copy (ARC) is also welcome. Those reviewers who find it interesting will download / order it and may review it.

Our reviewers are all avid readers. They may review your book on Amazon.in. They may write a review on Goodreads. Or on both. 

The cost of the book is on you. Please note we do not guarantee that all reviewers who download the book will write reviews.  

Let your book create a unique readership of its own!

Rochelle Potkar

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is one of the most vibrant communities of convergence for writers of all ink and ilk to be, breathe, and draft big and small visions. The members of the HWR Book Club were very engaged literati, who made the Meet-the-author zoom sessions all the more enriching and stimulating.

Author / Poet / Translator 

While a lot of reviews is a powerful thing, a lot of genuine reviews is the real dynamite. - Nicola Jane

How can you join the Book Club and share your books? Simply fill up this form.

Author Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

1)     How does it work?

You send us the details of your book through this form.

With this form, we understand the genre, language, and other details about the book. Based on these details, we will find suitable reviewers who are interested in reading books from this genre.

Once we have a list of interested reviewers, we will request you to provide the review copies to them. The reviewers have one month to read and review your book either on Amazon.in or on Goodreads or possibly both.

2) Can you guarantee 5 star reviews? I am willing to pay.

No, we do not guarantee five star reviews even if you pay. We can only promise honest book reviews. They may be good reviews. Or not so good. We do not guarantee positive book reviews.

3) Can I share my already released book?

 Yes, you can. Any book released after 31st March 2019 can be submitted to our book club for review. 

4)  What is an ARC? Why is it important?

An ARC, also known as an Advance Review Copy is usually used by publishing houses and authors to create a buzz about the book before its release. It is usually available 3-6 months before the release of the book. The aim of sending out ARCs is:

·        To gain professional reviews.

·        To understand the initial reactions for the book and plan the promotions accordingly.

·        To seek endorsements which can be used on the jacket of the final print edition of the book.

An ARC helps an author get reviews before the book is released. These reviews help in promoting a book on different social media platforms. The end goal is more sales of the book.

ARCs are usually only online and not printed books. We will be publishing an article on “How to sell more books using ARCs” shortly.  

5) Can I choose the reviewers?

No. We will let the reviewers interested in your genre / format / language know that your book is available. They may then choose to download your book based on their preference and the blurb of your book. 

6) Can I ask for a specific number of reviews?

No. We do not  take such requests or assure any minimum number of reviews.

7) My book is in Print and also available as an eBook. Does it matter which format I offer my book?

Yes. Some 40% of our reviewers do not like to read eBooks, and prefer printed books. So offering only eBooks will reduce the number of reviews you get. For maximum reach, we suggest offering both formats.

8) My book is not in English. Can I still submit it? 

Yes. We welcome books which are not in English. We have book reviewers who read Hindi, Bengali, Telegu, Tamil, Kannada and Gujarati. We also have a few reviewers for Urdu, Punjabi, Sanskrit and French. Please be aware that readers of non-English and non-Hindi books may be very small in number.

9) What genres are accepted at the Himalayan Book Club?

We accept all genres except religious books or books based on religion (Fiction and Non-fiction).

10) How much does it cost to get these reviews on Amazon.in and Goodreads?

We do not charge anything for this service at this point, although we might in the future. Right now the only cost to you - the author - is the cost of the ARC / books you offer. 

11) How long will it take for the reviews to go live?

4-6 weeks. 

12) Do you also host an Meet-the-Author session?

A Meet-the-Author session with the Himalayan Book Club is now available on a chargeable basis. Please include your interest for the session in the form and we will get back to you. 

Like every birth, that of a book too needs nurturing, so that the book may not just reach out, but reach out proper. That’s precisely where Himalayan Writing stepped in for my book, BLOODSTONE, Legend of the Last Engraving. HWR cradled the book and took it to a good number of readers through its book club, fetching priceless and honest reviews and ratings on the two most sought after platforms, Goodreads and Amazon. They’d also arranged for a meet-the-author session. 

My experience with HWR was one of immense warmth and ease. From the way they presented my work, their drive, passion and most importantly, their strategy towards the furthering of the book's readership, was evident!   So that explains, they indeed are passionate about taking  authors and books, whether it be reading them or writing them, to where they belong. HWR made me and my book feel belonged! 

For my next work? Yes! And a yes again, HW will definitely be its first cradle! Thank you Himalayan Writing !

Rashmi Narzary

Author of Bloodstone- Legend of the Last Engraving

Have a question which has not been answered? Feel free to write to us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com   or reach out on WhatsApp at +91-73035-16665.

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