Reviews & Reviewers

*** I no longer do reviews but if you do book reviews and
would like to share them on this blog? If so, do email me. ***

I opened up Wednesdays to post book reviews (click here to see the ones posted to-date), not reviews of your own books but books that you have read. The guidelines are below, and I review short stories, writing guides and crime or chick-lit novels.:

  • The book title, author name/s, genre and purchase link of the book you are reviewing
  • Up to 1,000-word first-person review of a book of any genre, without spoilers wherever possible (if there are spoilers, your review should put a spoiler alert at the beginning).
  • Please be as constructive as possible, say why the book does / doesn’t work.
  • Star rating (out of 5).
  • Your name, website address, titles of your books and purchase links.
  • Photograph of the book cover you are reviewing as well as optional photographs of yourself and your books (as low-resolution <200kb jpgs please) as separate files, not embedded in your text.
  • Short third-person biography for yourself / your writing.
  • All content has to be family-friendly please so no strong language or violence. 

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If you’re a reviewer it may be worth seeing if they need more reviews (and if you’d be interested in reviewing my novels, do email me).

  • click here for reviewers of children’s books
  • click here for crime reviewers
  • click here for fantasy, horror, sci-fi genres reviewers
  • click here for flash fiction / short story reviewers
  • click here for historical reviewers
  • click here for non-fiction reviewers
  • click here for reviewers of poetry
  • …pages for reviewers of other genres to follow

General / multi-genre book reviews sites include (NB. unless the site has a submissions page, check that they are willing to take unsolicited submissions before sending anything)

Below, thanks to Delin Colón, is a list of some book reviewers based in the US. You can mail a copy of your book, a press release, and complete sales sheet to:

  • The Wall Street Journal, Eric Gibson, Leisure & Arts Features Editor, 200 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281
  • Alternative Press Review, Columbia Alternative Library, PO Box 1446, Columbia MD 65205-1446
  • American Press Service & Features Syndicate, PO Box 917, Van Nuys, CA 91408
  • American Book Review Unit for Contemporary Literature, Campus Box 4241, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4241
  • Book Talk JL Syndicate, 399 NW 10th Court, Boca Raton, FL 33486
  • Based in Goshen, MA is http://www.featheredquill.com is a “book review site that reviews mainstream, small press and self-published books. Thank you to book reviewer / author Diane Lunsford for that.
  • Kirkus Reviews, 770 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
  • Newspaper Enterprise Association, 200 Madison Avenue, Floor 4, New York, NY 10016
  • The New York Times Book Review, 229 W. 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
  • Publishers Weekly, 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
  • Reader Views has reviews, interviews, videos and awards. Thanks again to book reviewer / author Diane Lunsford for that.
  • Los Angeles Times Magazine, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053
  • Foreword Magazine, Alex Moore, Managing Editor, 129 1/2 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Small Press Review, P.O. Box 100, Paradise, CA 95967
  • James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, 278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575 (http://www.midwestbookreview.com/get_rev.htm)
  • Book Review Editor, Library Journal, 360 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10010
  • Hollywood Inside Syndicate, Attn: John Austin, P.O. Box 49957, Los Angeles, CA 90049-0957 (non-fiction only)

I was going to add some from the Writer’s & Artist’s Yearbook, Writer’s Handbook and Writer’s Market but looked in their listings (under reviews and book reviewers), and there weren’t any!

You could also try listing your book with the Book Club Reading website (although there is a fee to pay).

If you fancy becoming a book reviewer, there’s an interesting article on http://ezinearticles.com, and then of course I can list you here. There’s also a great: ‎6 Common Myths About Book Reviews.

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Philip Ellis reviewed Chris Hamilton-Emery’s 101 Ways to Make Poems Sell and Sage Cohen’s book Writing the Life Poetic – details on the Post-weekend Poetry page.

I’ve listed the reviews of my eBooks on the Books – mine page and that is all of them, honestly, I’ve not left out any bad ones (for instance, there are two 1* for Feeding The Father on Goodreads :)). I do have a 3* for April’s Fool for being scant on detail, which made me laugh as someone else (in YouWriteOn) had said there was too much (that’s the worst review, I also have 4*s and 5*s). But that’s the great thing about writing fiction, different things please different people.

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28 thoughts on “Reviews & Reviewers

  1. Penny says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive list Morgen! Much appreciated! I just signed up to follow your blog by email and signed up to follow you on Twitter!!

  2. Bob O'Hare says:

    My book, Unload Email Overload, is written to help business professionals, leaders and very busy individuals get the most out of email communications without wasting their precious time or feeling the overload. Is there a genre, perhaps business, with a list of reviewers for me? Thank you, Bob

  3. Samantha says:

    Hi David, My name is Samantha and I am looking for a book called Born Twice by a Nigerian writer. I believe it speaks about Isimokoto or the Mystic late which you said you read a while back. I would like to know the name of the writer if possible.

  4. Mirren Jones says:

    Have just discovered your blog. Thank you so much Morgen for this great resource! Will share widely and make use of it ourselves to increase the number of reviews on our contemporary fiction novel ‘Eight of Cups’.

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