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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Beth Cox Reminds Authors to Apply for Reviews NOW

I borrowed this guest post from my #SharingwithWriters newsletter and from Beth Cox's Midwest Book Review newsletter. (You can tell I believe in recycling--especially when it something my subscribers and visitors need to know!). Thank you, Beth, for your perpetual permission to shout out your services for authors! And for offering your reviews for paperback books free! 

Now’s the Time to Get Reviews
Excerpted from Midwest Book Review’s Newsletter
Edited by Beth Cox, Managing Editor
“Almost always, when The Midwest Review passes over a book for review consideration, it's simply because of "too many books, not enough reviewers, and not enough hours in a day". Over the years, we have noticed that review copy submissions tend to follow a seasonal cycle: they peak before Christmas, then sharply drop off.
“This means that, if you'd like to get your book reviewed in 2017, right now is the best time to submit it to The Midwest Book Review, while you're up against much less competition! Our full submission guidelines can be found on our website at
“I've recently updated our guidelines to read ‘there is an approximate 4 to 6-week window of opportunity for a book to be assigned out for review’ - the turnaround time window used to be much longer, but we've since become more efficient at managing our workload.”

Note from Carolyn: For my #SharingwithWriters newsletter subscribers, this seasonal tip means that it is also time to update, refresh, or learn anew all the intricacies of a smashing review-getting campaign with the newest in my HowToDoItFrugally Series of book for writers, How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career now in release as an e-book or paper. http://bit.ly/GreatBkReviews. And, yes, I guarantee there is at least one great new way to use reviews in it that even veteran writers don’t know or don’t use.


 The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. It is a free service offered to those who want to encourage the reading of books they love. That includes authors who want to share their favorite reviews, reviewers who'd like to see their reviews get more exposure, and readers who want to shout out praise of books they've read. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites. Writers will find the search engine handy for gleaning the names of small publishers. Find other writer-related blogs at Sharing with Writers and The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor.

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