Shooting for the
Here are the major review journals
you want to review your
And how tips on how to get them
to do just that.
magazines, and review-friendly Web sites
not to mention suggestions to
your review query process!)
down for different categories of review possibilities.
Suggestions for Your Review Query Process
See lists for reviewers below this article. You'll find
newspaper reviewers, magazine reviewers and author-friendly Web site
reviewers. See the links to other resources for writers pages near the
bottom of this page.
Here are some ideas to improve your you
You'll find more in The Frugal Editor,
in face you'll find a slew of ideas straight
from the mouths of some of the nation's most prominent agents.
You'll also find sample query letters in the index of that book.
A great query
letter will improve your chances for
acquiring reviews of your book.
See the list (and the hints) below:
Tailor brief portions of your query to the editor or region
you are sending your query to.
Do not e-mail your query to several editors at once. Give each
query the dignity of a window of its own.
Always double check your information. Requesting a review from
someone who returned to teaching two years ago or is now dead will not make a positive impression on a
Use editors' names when possible, correctly spelled.
Reserve self-praise to the "just the facts, ma'm." Avoid
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The Frugal Book Promoter:
How to Do What Your Publisher Won't for other hints on how to acquire
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You will find complete information on
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The Frugal Editor. That includes suggestions for 20 of USA's top
Utilize the HowToDoItFrugally-related blog,
The New Book Review,
to recycle favorite reviews or to weigh in on your favorite books.
You'll find the guidelines on the left side of the page.
Use the lists provided below but always
check to be sure information is updated. In the spirit of helping other
authors, please let
us know if you find discrepancies.
If you're short on time, use a book launch
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Publishing isn't what it
used to be. There are so many kinds. Partner-, subsidy,
traditional-, and self-publishing and all kinds or
pollination goes on between these categories. So ask
questions and study hard before you choose. You'll be more
pleased with the results if the reviewers you select match
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Major Review Journals
list is divided into two sections, major review journals and some of the
best respected journals that are open to self-published,
subsidy-published, e-books, and POD-published books.
Note: Most of the
most sought-after review journals require long lead times before
publication for submissions to be considered.
Important: Most of
these review journals require very long lead times before publication. You
can learn more about that process in
American Library XE "Library"
Assoc., 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611,
www.ala.org/booklist. Toll Free
Include Publication Slip.
Entertainment Weekly Magazine,
1675 Broadway Fl 29, New York, NY 10019-5820.
, 770 Broadway, NYC, NY 10003. Kirkus Discoveries is a
paid-for review service (www.kirkusdiscoveries.com).
Read your Frugal Book
Promoter (find "review" entries in the index) before you pay
nearly $500 for a review even from a reputable journal like this.
They have a journalistically sound way to get reviews, just plain "Kirkus
Send TWO books or galleys.
- Library "Library" Journal, (http://www.libraryjournal.com)360
Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10010.
Must follow up your mail with a confirming e-mail.
- New York
Times Book Review,
229 W. 43rd St., NY, NY 10036,
- Los Angeles
Times Book Review, Times
Mirror Square, LA, CA 90053,
Tribune Books, 435 N.
Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611,
Book Review, Illinois
State Univ., Campus Box 4241, Normal, IL 61790.
Probably best for poetry, literary work and/or Illinois
- Small Press
Review, PO Box 100,
Paradise, CA 95967,
www.dustbooks.com. Poetry and fiction only.
- Publishers Weekly, (www.publishersweekly.com).
Publishers Weekly, (Your Genre Here) 71 W 23rd St
#1608, New York, NY 1001Submissions of two copies must be sent three months—preferably
four—prior to the 1st day of the month of publication. Submit two
copies of your title. Submissions of a single copy will not be
Editorial, 520 Pike St., Suite 1800, Seattle, WA 98101. You can also
search out their major Vine Reviewers for queries. Carefully choose
those who review books in your title's genre.
520 Third St., Suite 305, San Francisco, CA 94107
- Cambridge Book Review (http://cambridgebookreview.com)
Bob Wake, Ed., Box 222, Cambridge, Wisconsin.
- The book or arts and entertainment section of
your nearest metropolitan newspaper.
Note: Review journals, newspapers, etc
for moving offices,
going out of business and other changes.
Please check their submission guidelines and their addresses
before sending off your review copies.
Journals That Don't Discriminate Against
Self Published Books
121 E. Front St., #401, Traverse City, MI 49684, you must designate
the specific department for your title and after you send your book,
you must follow up with an e-mail.. Also research its sister
magazine, Independent Publisher Online, 1129 Woodmere Ave., Ste B,
Traverse City, MI 49686.
Book Review, James A Cox,
Editor-in-Chief, 278 Orchard Dr., Oregon, WI 53575. Do not mark
review copy or do anything to it that might be considered defacement
of a book. E-mail:
Magazine, Alex Moore, Mng. Ed.,
129 ½ E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49684,
www.forewordmagazine.com. Considers subsidy published books
among others. Also check out their annual contest. NOTE: They also
have a paid-for review service. If you want a free review (the only
kind I think are worthwhile) you must submit 12 to 16 weeks in
advance of your release date, just like the ones above.
- Bookviews welcomes only books, not
galleys. Alan Caruba, Editor, Bookviews.com, 28 West Third St., Apt.
1321, South Orange, NJ 07079. Please include your e-mail address.
Magazine is a new review source. Submit your books for review
and query them for interviews. Find editorial submissions
The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing
by Maria Calvani for more information on the review process. It will
help you undeerstand what to expect and how to better approach
Online blogs and review journals also
books based on their content, not the press they are published on.
My The New Book Review
where readers, reviewers, and authors can recycle good-news reviews at no
charge! Submission guidelines in the left column of the blog
Find a substantial list of online
journals and review sites and get a better understanding of what
reviewers do in The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards.
Other recommended reading: The Art of Assessment by Magdalena
See lists for reviewers employed by magazines and
newspapers below this article.
See the links to other resources for writers pages near the bottom of
Online Review Spots
Dave Brendon lists review spots on his blog. It lists many
blogs dedicated to including my
The New Book Review
where readers, reviewers and authors can recycle good-news reviews at no
charge! Some of my favorites are MyShelf.com, BookPleasures.com,
CompulsiveReader.com, and MidwestBookReview.com headed by Jim Cox.
And Newspaper Reviewers
cut costs, newspapers are dropping their review sections.
Check addresses and leads thoroughly before sending
off your precious review copies.
Anchorage Daily News, 1001 Northway Drive (99508-2098), P O
Box 149001, Anchorage AK 99514-9001; 907-257-4200. Web:
The Arizona Republic,
200 E Van Buren, Phoenix AZ 85004; 602-444-8432. Web:
72 Marietta Street, Atlanta GA 30303;
Since the contract with their book editor was
cancelled, it looks as if this paper's reviews will be handled by outside
Austin American Statesman,
305 S. Congress Avenue (78704), P.O. Box 670, Austin, TX 78767;
The Austin Chronicle, Books Editor,
PO Box 49066, Austin TX 78765
Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202. Michael: 800-829-8000, ext. 6223. Web:
The Baton Rouge Advocate,
P O Box 558, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0588;
Morrissey Boulevard, P.O. Box 2378, Boston, MA 02107; 617-929-2000. Web:
1 Herald Square, P.O. Box 55843, Boston MA
02205; 617-426-3000; Arts & Lifestyle: 617-619-6193. Web:
Jeff Simon, Sunday Arts & Books Editor,
Gusto, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240; 800-777-8680; Web:
Tryon Street, Charlotte NC 28202; 704-358-5234. Web:
Chicago Tribune Books,
Michigan Avenue #400, Chicago IL 60611-4022; 312-222-3232. Web:
Christian Science Monitor,
Google for complete list of editors.
312 Elm Street, Cincinnati OH 45202;
513-768-8495; Fax: 513-768-8330. Web:
Suggest you pitch feature stories. They purchase their reviews and many they
Cleveland Plain Dealer,
Karen Long, Books Editor, 1801 Superior
Avenue NE, Cleveland, OH 44114-2107; 216-999-5000.
Dallas Morning News,
Street, Dallas TX 75202; 214-977-8408. Email:
214-977-8222. Jerome Weeks, Books Columnist; 214-977-8463; email:
The Denver Post,
Denver CO 80202-1577; P.O. Box 1709 Denver C 80201; 303-820-1624;
Detroit Free Press,
Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit MI 48231. Web:
http://www.freep.com/. Main number:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
200 E. Las Olas
Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293; 954-356-4710/ Web:
Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
400 West 7th
Street (76102), P O Box 1870, Fort Worth TX 76115; 817-390-7720. Web:
Street, Hartford CT 06115; Main: 860-241-6200. Web:
The Honolulu Advertiser,
605 Kapiolani Boulevard (96813), P.O. Box 3110,
Honolulu HI 96802; 808-525-8090; Fax: 808-525-8055. Web:
801 Texas Avenue
(77002), P.O. Box 4260, Houston, TX 77210; 713-362-7171. Web:
307 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis IN 46204;
International Herald Tribune,
an English-language, international newspaper: 6 bis, rue des Graviers,
92521 Neuilly Cedex, France; (33-1) 41 43 93 22; Fax: (33-1) 41 43 93 32.
http://www.iht.com/. They do not do their own reviews; you may
wish to pitch books of an international nature.
Doreen Carvajal, Publishing Reporter
Kansas City Star,
Grand Boulevard, Kansas City MO 64108-1413; 816-234-4141. Web:
Los Angeles Times Book
David Ulin, Editor, 202 West 1st Street,
Los Angeles CA 90012; 213-237-7001; Fax: 213-237-4712. Web:
Appear to be mostly interested in literary works.
525 W Broadway,
P O Box 740031, Louisville KY 40201-7431;
Connie Ogle, Book Editor, One Herald Plaza,
Miami, FL 33132-1693; 305-376-3649. Email:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
State Street, P.O. Box 371, Milwaukee, WI 53201; 414-224-2000. Web:
Minneapolis Star Tribune,
Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55488; 612-673-4414/ Web:
New Orleans Times-Picayune,
Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125-1429; 504-826-3457; 800-925-0000/ Web:
New York Daily News,
Sherryl Connelly, Book Editor, 450 West
33rd Street, New York, NY 10001; 212-210-2100/ Web:
New York Observer, (Weekly)
915 Broadway, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010; 212-755-2400; Fax:
New York Post,
1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
10036; 212-930-8000; Fax: 212-930-8542. Web:
New York Times
Star-Ledger Plaza, Newark, NJ 07102; 973-392-4040. Web:
Books, 633 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32801;
400 N. Broad
Street, Philadelphia PA 19130; 215-854-5615. Web:
34 Boulevard of
the Allies (15222), P O Box 566, Pittsburgh PA 15230; 412-263-1601.
Rege Behe, Books Editor, D. L. Clark
Building, 503 Martindale Street, 3rd Floor, Pittsburgh PA 15212 ;
412-320-7990. : 412-321-6460.Email:
J 1320 S.W.
Broadway, Portland OR 97201-9911; 877-238-8221. Web:
503-221-8165. Staff writer list:
75 Fountain Street,
Providence RI 02902; 401-277-7000. Web:
Rocky Mountain News,
400 W Colfax
Avenue, Denver CO 80204; 303-892-5000. Web:
2100 Q Street, P O Box 15779, Sacramento CA
95852; 916-321-1000; Fax: 916-321-1109. They use reprint reviews unless a
book has specific local significance.
Saint Louis Post-Dispatch,
Tucker Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63101; 314-340-8000. Web:
Saint Petersburg Times,
Avenue S (33701), P.O. Box 1121, Saint Petersburg FL 33731; 800-333-7505.Web:
San Antonio Express-News,
Steve Bennett, Book Editor, Avenue E & 3rd
Street (78205), P O Box 2171, San Antonio TX 78297-2171; 210-225-7411; Fax:
Salt Lake Tribune
and other Utah newspapers are listed at
San Diego Union-Tribune, P.O. Box 120191, San Diego, CA 92112-0191; 619-293-1321;
Fax: 619-293-2436. Web:
San Francisco Chronicle, 901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
94103; 415-777-6258; Fax: 415-957-8737.
Main phone number: 415-777-1111.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 101 Elliot Avenue West, Seattle WA
Seattle's The Stranger,
Seattle Times, 1120 John Street,
Seattle WA 98109; 206-464-2357.
The News Center, 200 S. Parker Street
(33606-2395), P.O. Box 191, Tampa, FL 33601-0191; General: 813-259-7711; Newsroom: 813-259-7600.
Telegraph Media Group, Books Editor, 111 Buckingham Palace Road,
London SW1W 0DT, England
Philip Marchand, Literary Critic. Web:
Arizona Daily Star,
4850 S. Park Avenue, P O Box 26887, Tucson
AZ 85726; 520-573-4511. Web:
USA Today This newspaper gives
books some big play but only if they are current or edgy.
Voice Literary Supplement,
Ed Park, Literary Editor,
Village Voice, 36
Cooper Square, New York NY 10003-4846; 212-475-3300; Fax: 212-475-8944. Web:
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post Book World, 1150 15th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20071;
3600 New York Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002-1947; Main phone: Carol Herman,
One Gannett Drive, White Plains NY 10604;
A few other scattered
Tip: Search the site maps
and "about" pages for specific editors other than and
including book editors for people who might be likely to
give your book some attention.
Curled Up With a Good Book (Prefers Arcs), 5408 W. 32nd St.,
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Dalkey Archive Press, Aude Jeanson (Send ARC and press release),
University of Illinois, 605 E. Springfield Avenue
MC-475, Champaign, IL 61820. ph 217.244.5700. fax 217.244.9142
The Cincinnati Review,
Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati,
P O Box 210069, Cincinnati OH 45221-0069. Phone: 513-556-3954. Web:
http://www.cincinnatireview.com. A twice-yearly literary review of poetry and
Road, Melville NY 11747-4250. Web:
2 Park Avenue, 8th Floor, New York NY 10016-5695;
Quill & Quire, (Submit ARC and/or press release.) Nathan
Whitlock, P.O. Box 706, Markham, ON L6B 1A7, Canada
ARC and/or press release), PO Box 3840, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Review-Friendly Web Sites
requests from publishers, publicists and individual authors.
your query to this Brenda Weeaks at
Your review will be considered by a whole catalog of expert reviews who
write for the site. While you're there please check out my
Back to Literature column on that site.
Edited by Norm Goldman.
interviews and reviews in Writer
Compulsive Reader reviews books. Find interviews, literary
news, criticism, a no-cost e-zine, and more. Editor Magdalena Ball also
accepts applications for new reviewers.
Women on Writing is an
exceptionally author-friendly and useful site. You'll also find a lovely
they did for me that features one of my first-person essays.
Note: Editors come and go, so do
E-mail addresses change.
Please let me know if you find errors in this list.
In doing so you help other authors.
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