One of which is to submit your books to a review source. Book reviews can make a big difference in your success as an author, but choosing the right one is important. Over the course of time you will find that – some will have absolutely no interest in your topic… some will charge for the service… and some will generously give you a great review that will significantly increase interest in your book.
For the sake of simplicity, and because providing the details of this rather expansive list might look more like War and Peace than a blog post… and that it is a constantly changing list, please take time to review at least the following more recognized book reviews services.
Please note that book reviews are normally completed before publication… this is another of those “cart before the horse” things of which first time authors are not aware. Plan to send the earliest possible galley copy, as soon as you are firm in your commitment to publish… and after you have contacted the review service to determine their requirements and preferences. This is not one of those actions that can be completed without communication and forethought.
When it comes to securing book reviews, although Publishers Weekly has a set of guidelines that is quite extensive, the quality and credibility of that review will be well worth the time invested to do so. Throughout the industry, a review in Publishers Weekly is still considered one of the best opportunities to jumpstart the sales of your book.
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Submission information may change from time to time for any of the book review services listed, so confirm that you will submit your galley copy one time only the the appropriate editor or department, which at last viewing for Publishers Weekely included:Fiction: Fiction Forecasts Nonfiction: Nonfiction Forecasts Poetry: Craig Teicher Mailing address:
360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
We have already noted that book reviews should be submitted well in advance of your publication date – which varies from service to service and makes it necessary that you review each service and create a calendar or matrix to allow you sufficient lead time. One that prefers receiving your copy three to four months in advance of publication date is Library Journal. A highly desirable place for book reviews, Library Journal is somewhat less restrictive in that they will accept not only galleys, but also page proofs, and manuscripts.
You can reference Library Journal’s BOOK REVIEW GUIDELINES for more information.
At the time of this writing, the proper address for submitting materials is:Book Review Editor
245 W. 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
The American Library Association’s review journal, yet another highly desirable location to place book reviews is found under the name, Booklist.
You will find Booklist’s Procedures for Submitting Review Materials.
The most current information for submitting copies is:ATTN: Brad Hooper, Adult Books Editor
Booklist/American Library Association
50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
Rain Taxi Review of Books
If your book just happens to push a few boundaries when it comes to genre, narrative or language, your best choice for submitting book reviews might be Rain Taxi Review of Books. It is a quarterly publication featuring reviews of literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that tends to be friendly to Small Press Distribution ( SPD) titles.
If you think there is merit for your particular work, check this book review service website at www.raintaxi.com.
Book reviews can be submitted to Rain at:Rain Taxi Editors
PO Box 3840
Minneapolis, MN 55403
If your genre is guided by political intention, you may be excited to submit book reviews to a service, who by its own statement, “… is a left-center-of-gravity magazine of ideas: a magazine that aims to expand political debate, shift the cultural assumptions that frame that debate, and create greater space for political initiative guided by egalitarian, radically democratic, and culturally pluralist values.”
Notwithstanding the assertive opinion and political tones, the Boston Review retains an excellent track record when it comes to reviewing small press titles.
Guidelines and information can be found online at www.bostonreview.net.
Book reviews can be submitted to:Boston Review
c/o Managing Editor
Cambridge MA 02139
I trust you will have found merit in today’s post – not only from the standpoint that it brings up one more of those “nasty” little things that if you don’t know about before you start the process, you could inadvertently forever waive your right to partake of the benefit. I know – I am passionate about pointing out these things, but… at the end of the day – your ultimate success is somewhat dependent upon that knowledge!
If you want more information about submitting book reviews and the services who provide them, please leave your question in the comments box at the end of this post.
Anna Weber… strategically guiding your literary endeavors.