It's incredible the number of things that need to be done before a book's release. And I'm not even talking about the editing, revising, proofreading, illustrations, formatting, binding, creating ebook files, or any of the other things my publisher, Anaiah Press is doing as we count down the final days before my book, THE STORY CATCHER, is born on January 20th of next year.
I'm thinking about how an author has to be prepared on THEIR end by release day. This week I'm focusing on future book reviews of my manuscript. When I signed my book contract, the head of Anaiah's marketing/publicity department, the lovely Melinda Dozier, sent me some "homework" to do in preparation of my book's release and one of the things I needed to provide is a list of anyone who might be willing to review my book when it comes out.
The only way to find THAT out was to ask and boy, was I overwhelmed with gratitude at the number of people eager to help me out. I quickly created a STORY CATCHER STREET TEAM and here are some of the wonderful supporters of my work who told me they would be happy to review my book:
|Cox, Tracey M|
|Taylor Saba N|
I've also listed some blogs and websites below who offer all types of book reviews. Some support the smaller presses, some are on a much larger scale but ALL have one thing in common...a deep, sincere love of books!
School Library Journal...http://www.slj.com/about-us/review-submissions
Publisher's Weekly... http://publishersweekly.com/pw/corp/submissionguidelines.html
The Children's Book Review... http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/media-kit/submission-guidlines
Bergers Book Reviews...http://bergersbookreviews.com
American Library Association... http://www.ala.org/offices/booklist/insidebooklist/booklistproc/proceduressubmitting
Kid Lit Reviews...http://kid-lit-reviews.com/policies-ratings-reviews/review-policies/
Midwest Book Review... http://www.midwestbookreview.com/get_rev.htm
YA & Kids Books Central... http://www.yabookscentral.com/info/10892-write-a-review
The Horn Book...http://www.hbook.com/about-us/submissions/
Association for Library Service to Children... http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb/ncbsubmissions
Library Journal... http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/about/submitting-titles-for-review/
The New York Times... http://www.nytimes.com/content/help/site/books/books.html
Through The Looking Glass... http://lookingglassreview.com/books/
What about you? Do you know of a book review blog or website to add to my list? If so, please share by commenting below.
Oh yeah...one other thing. How do you like the latest promotional piece I made today to help support my new brand identity?