The Place to Submit Your Fave Reviews

Review Submission Guidelines. Come One! Come All!

Note: If you are here to talk to Lois W. Stern about having a book listed with her free review-getting service, you are in the wrong place. Go to  This is the place to learn about how to submit a review you already have (either one you wrote for someone else's book or one a reviewer wrote about your book).  To do that, just keep reading.

Note: If you have been paid for your review, #TheNewBookReview is not the place for you. We abide by journalism standards for free, credible, and ethical reviews. Please send us your reviews that fit into this parameter so we can happily accept your generosity. No matter your status, please let us know that yours is a review freely given when you submit according to the submissions below.  

About having your book posted FREE on #TheNewBookReview: 
This blog was founded to expand on the opportunities available to make the most of existing book reviews and to expand on the opportunities for readers to write their own reviews similar to Amazon's program. It is here for anyone who loves books, anyone who would like to see a favorite review in print again, or anyone who would like to write a new review. These might include authors, publishers, reviewers, or readers who want to honor a deserving book or author. That might be you even if you do want to utilize Lois's review-getting service! Thus I am reiterating: It's just not the right place for getting reviews; it is the place if you already have a review you'd like to see printed (or reprinted!) and, by doing so, allow those reviews to be read by more folks. In other words, a place to spread the love.

We do not allow #bookbigotry. There are no publishing date restrictions, no genre restrictions, no word limitations. Any author who has already been reviewed, any reader, author, publisher, or reviewer who has a review they have already written, or anyone who has read a book they would like to review is welcome. Anyone. Simply send an email to me  using the information in the template below as a guideline. Your submission should be copy-and-paste ready. We want to keep this blog alive, kicking, and free.

Your email will include:

SUBTITLE (If any. Optional.) 
SERIES TITLE (If any. Optional. )
AUTHOR'S WEBSITE (If any. Optional) 
AWARDS (If any.)
PUBLISHER (Optional. It is okay to list as "Independently Published.")

THE BODY OF THE REVIEW (No length limit.)

NAME OF REVIEWER (To be used as a byline for the review.) 
ORIGINAL PLACE THE REVIEW WAS PUBLISHED (Include name media online or print and link when possible.)

You may reprint any review you have written yourself, but if you are sending a review written by someone else, you must first have permission. Please notify me of permission in your submission.

Include the reviewer's links to website, blog, book's buy page or whatever the reviewer would like to use that is book related or might serve as a resource by #TheNewBookReview's audience--visitors or subscribers. Include the reviewer's social network addresses. It may include:
TWITTER MONIKER (Strongly preferred but not required.)
When reviewers give me his or their Twitter address, I will tag them when I do my networking/promotion for the review.
EMAIL ADDRESS (Not for publication!)


If you still have questions, please scroll down to for FAQs.   

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Send only one review a month. Do not try to post it yourself. Use the information listed above or email me in copy-and-paste. Send it to HoJoNews @ aol (dot) com with NEWBOOKREVIEW in the window of your e-mail. Authors may send reviews of their own books with permission from the reviewer. Reviewers may send their own reviews. Readers may review favorite books themselves. Please list the category or genre best fits your book as posed in the guidelines above.  That information is important for both copyright reasons and to assign keywords that help online discoverability of your review . 

2. Send only one review at a time. In other words, each review is a separate submission.

3. Edit out and avoid cuss words. Colloquial language is welcome.

4. Carolyn Wilhelm ( offers one free badge/image to each person who participates in The New Book Review. We post it there for you and give permission for you to use it for your own social networking. Send appropriate images (usually the cover of the book being reviewed and a headshot of the reviewer but the choice is up to you)  to our talented marketing badge and image maker, Carolyn Wilhelm (wilhcarm at gmail dot com). Put "THE NEW BOOK REVIEW IMAGE" in the subject line. If you submit your review to me, you still must submit images for our image-and-badge-maker to use for the badge. Just to be clear, there is no charge for this value-added benefit. You have our permission to use your image/badge as you wish in your own networking and marketing. However, we do not offer image services beyond these parameters. 
There is no requirement that you use the badge.  

5. Lead your review with all the facts (often called metadata)  that I listed above. Apply to your review from this list: title, author, author's website link, genre or category, ISBN, genre, age or interest of the audience the book is intended for, the name of reviewer and reviewer's link, the journal where the review was originally published, publisher and reviewer's rating, if any. Do include a link where blog visitors can buy the book if they choose to do so.

6. Double check this: If the reviewer is not sending a review for him or herself, please let me know that you have permission to reprint the review and don't fib. (-: You may publish Amazon reviews even though you have heard that they own the rights to reviews. Trust me on this. I quote the Amazon's copyright policy straight from Amazon in the chapter on reviews in the third edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (  Please credit Amazon as first publisher, but you still need to get permission from the reviewer. It is the first reviewer who owns  the right to his or her work.
Special Note: Feel free to add an "About the Author" credit line at the end of the review. Feel equally free to ad an "About the Reviewer" credit line at the end of the review.  Or both. See number 11.  I just want to be sure you realize this amazing benefit of credit lines (bios) for all writers.

7. I accept reviews for erotica but the reviews themselves must be G-rated.

8. Your review is subject to editing and I'm the editor! If I say lie and you say lay, you'll need to get over it. Okay? Please avoid putting anything in all caps. Use italics for book titles. Some readers are sensitive to caps which have come to mean you are yelling. (-:

9. If applicable, please give me your Twitter moniker so I can tag you with the social networking marketing I do for your review. Mine is @frugalbookpromo and I'd love to have you as a Twitter friend. 

10. We hope you will participate in a cross-promotion effort. That is, you'll want to send out an announcement that your review appears on this blog. That helps readers find your book and the books of other authors posted here. At a minimum, please link to your review on your social networks. This benefits all participants, but it is not a requirement.

11. Author and reviewer bios on #TheNewBlookReview are a great benefit for participating: You may add up to two bios at the ends of your review: About the Reviewer and About the Author. Please use links if possible. My visitors will want to use these bios as resources.

PS: Your review will be indexed by genre or book category. Please include genre in your metadata (see above) (-: Otherwise, I'll guess.

PPS: Please note: I sometimes have thirty-one reviews to post in a given month. To keep this service free to authors, reviewers, and readers, please submit your review according to guidelines--that is, ready to copy-and-paste or as near to that as possible. We do encourage originality. One of our reviewers, Leslie Klein, is a poet and often uses poetry to write her reviews: This is her poetry review for Bob Dylan's memoir

PPPS: If you have no review, you may submit a synopsis of the book. Include the metadata as suggested above and indicate it is a synopsis rather than a review. It will be labeled a synopsis, not a review, in the post.   

Submissions to The New Book Review blog


The New Book Review is blogged by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. Of particular interest to readers of this blog is her most recent How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically ( ) that covers 325 jam-packed pages covering everything from Amazon Vine reviewers to writing reviews for profit and promotion. Reviewers will have a special interest in the chapter on how to make reviewing pay--either as way to market their own books or as a career path--and do it ethically!

This blog 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 above. Reviews and essays are indexed (labeled or keywords)  by genre, reviewer names, and review sites where reviews may have first appeared like and MidwestBookReview. 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.

Note: Participating authors and their publishers may request the social sharing image by Carolyn Wilhelm at no charge.  Please contact the designer at:  cwilhelm (at) thewiseowlfactory (dot) com. Provide the name of the book being reviewed, an image or headshot of the author, or an image or headshot of the reviewer as an attachment. Wilhelm will send you the badge to use in your own Internet marketing.

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