Ethical Free Reviews for Authors

Lois W. Stern, an author advocate and former educator, is a frequent contributor to this blog and she now offers readers of #TheNewBookReview a path to getting free and ethical reviews for their books. No kidding!  She explains how to do it below and you'll learn more about her other projects that help writers in her biography below that. Please feel free to let those in the publishing industry know about this service.  Here is a link to a post on this blog that may clarify if you have questions after reading this--but do read this first! (-:
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Your  #TheNewBookReview blogger

Marketing is a huge part of a book's success, and getting reviews is a huge part of marketing a book or any other business. If you don't believe it, ask a plumber who has had poor reviews on Yelp!~ excerpt from page 18 of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Get your review request listed here on The New Book Review blog (no charge). Send Lois the elevator pitch describing one of your books and asking for a reviewer for it. The pitch should be no longer than 75 words. Follow the format below and send your request and description to with REVIEW WANTED in the subject line. Make sure the book is already listed at 

Author or Publisher Responsibilities: 
Authors or publishers must be willing to send a book (in whatever format(s) you list in your application as outlined below as well as promotional materials to anyone who contacts you. 
Please note: Those who offer paper copies of their book are more likely to attract a reviewer.

Reviewer Responsibilities: 
Reviewer must :
  • Commit to writing a review within 30 days.
  • Post it on the author's Amazon buy page.
  • Give the author permission to post it on The New Book Review blog.
  • Follow submission guidelines outlined in  the left column of this blog.


AMAZON URL: (Kindly send shortened link using Tiny URL or other.)


PUT Blogspot Review Request IN THE SUBJECT LINE.

It really works folks! 
I posted a Review Request notice on the New Review Blog Spot for the newest book in my Tales2Inspire Collection, and got this fabulous review . What makes it even more special is that this reviewer,  an author herself, comes all the way from South Africa!

She began with the heading:.  

If I could give this book 6 stars, I would.

and continued with the words:

If you want to be inspired about our future on this planet, and if you need some perking up about the condition of the next generation, please read this book. You will be well-rewarded with good, good news about young children  teenagers and (young) adults who are sincerely making a positive difference in our world." ~ Terry Atkinson - South African author of A Love Story from the Heart and Bob and the Bully
In the tradition (and memory) of our beloved friend and author advocate, Dan Poynter,
The New Book Review wants to help our readers get credible reviews,
so continue to send us your REVIEW WANTED requests as outlined above.
Ethical Free Reviews for Authors




Tales2inspire was a kernel of an idea Lois W. Stern started in 2012. It has grown to proportions she didn’t dare to envision. Lois's innate curiosity about potentially fascinating human interest stories was the spark that ignited this idea, but it was the confused state of traditional publishing that propelled her forward. Tales2inspire delivers exactly what it promises as both an authors-helping-authors project and a contest. Winners get their stories published in print, e-book, and some even in video formats with their names, headshot photos, and mini-autobiographies. Then Lois spreads the word about the winners and their stories on her blog, in her monthly newsletter, and on her social networks. Free to enter, this competition is open to talented newbies and seasoned authors alike. 

Lois is a multi-award-winning author whose work has been featured in The New York Times, on Local Access TV, and in live presentations in many varied venues. She has now published eight Tales2Inspire books of her contest winners' stories. Fans of Chicken Soup for the Soul are particularly enamored of Tales2Inspire books, because aside from their inspirational themes, they are filled with original photos to enhance the power of each story. Lois invites interested readers to get a FREE Tales2Inspire sampler book at:  and to learn more about entering the next Tales2Inspire contest at: She is also a regular contributor to this blog. Learn more about her at:



 The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. Authors, readers, publishers, and reviewers may republish their favorite reviews of books they want to share with others. 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 and love. Please see submission guidelines on the left of this page and in a tab at the top of this blog's home page. Reviews and essays are indexed by genre, reviewer names, and review sites so it may be used a resource for most anyone in the publishing industry. 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.