Ever wonder “How do I get my book reviewed?”
You’ve finished your book. It’s been edited and published, and now you’re trying to figure out how to get it to readers. While starting your marketing campaign usually (should) happens well before your book is finished, getting your first reviews can’t happen until your book is done (more on this later).
Many stores won’t carry a small press or self-published book that doesn’t have reviews from recognizable publications. Your challenge: How do you get someone to pay attention to your book among the hundreds, if not thousands, of books they see every month?
City Book Review, publishers of the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, Seattle Book Review, and Kids’ BookBuzz all have programs to help you. Kids’ BookBuzz is primarily for kids, tweens, and young adult books, but the other two will take almost any book you have (including children’s books).
So how do you get your book reviewed by San Francisco Book Review?
If your book is within 90 days of the release date, you can submit it for general review (no cost). The closer you are to the 90 days, the less of a chance it will have to be reviewed. But you can still start there. We get more than 1,000 books a month, and only review 300 or less, so your chances of getting your book reviewed in this way is less than 33%. But you can give the general submission a try.
Discovering books online is rapidly becoming the primary way readers first discover their next read. As publishing consultants, we look for ways to give our authors broad online exposure – be that reviews, advertising, or targeted author marketing services. San Francisco Book Review is not only a resource to provide these services, but a trusted partner to help us serve our clients.”
– David Wogahn, President, AuthorImprints. com
If your book is more than 90 days past publication date, or you really want to get it reviewed and don’t want to just hope it’ll get picked up through the general review system, you can go through the Sponsored Review program. While there is some controversy about paying for a review, SFBR is a respected publication like Kirkus or Foreword Reviews and doesn’t provide vanity reviews for payment. You can expect the same level of professionalism from our standard reviews. And we don’t call out sponsored reviews any different than the other reviews.
Getting Your Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Review
There are a lot of different options for your book review, mostly around how long it takes to get your review back and if you want more than one or an interview as well.
Standard Reviews – Take 8-10 weeks for turnaround from the time we receive your book – Start at $199
Expedited Reviews – Take 3-5 weeks for turnaround from the time we receive your book – Start at $349
Get more than one review for the same book – you’ll get a discount on the normal cost of two or three reviews. From $325 to $575
Add an interview – Podcast interviews for Audible Authors are $300 by themselves and adding them to an interview as a package drops the price of both. An expedited sponsored review and interview together cost $599, saving $50 from the cost separately.
And if you really like your review, you can have it posted on one of our other brand’s (Manhattan or Seattle) website for $99.
If book reviews are gold, then expert reviews are from trusted sources are platinum. I proudly count my review from San Francisco Book Review in the platinum category. It has pride of place next to other notable editorial reviews on my website, and I’ve been able to use several great pull-quotes in my advertising. Add this to the stellar communication from the staff and you can see why this author is so impressed.”
– Terri Lee, Author of Paper Castles