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Reviews, Reviewers and Being Reviewed

Review Sites

I have found some review sites which are open to self-pubs, such as flamingnet, wantz upon a time reviews, teens read too, midwest reviews, and reader views. A couple of these are specific to YA books, but some accept inquiries from adult books too, if you are interested.– Diane Salerni


American Authors Association

This site is currently more of a review site like iUBR than an IAG-type operation, but this website is definitely worth our attention. They review POD books, as well as those by small presses, and their founding tenets are quite honorable. - Floyd M. Orr


Dust Jacket Review...

and The Historical Novel Society -

Mary Simonsen


Amazon has just recently introduced a new feature on reviews where you can add a link to the Amazon site for other books you recommend and recently I've made a point of going back to some of my old reviews and updating them with this feature. It actually looks like it could be promising since networking with readers is really the best way to leverage a POD book. I don't know if others here have noticed this feature but I would recommend it though, again, I'd urge that you do it judiciously. It's not a good idea, for instance, to just do it for every book you see. That will both annoy prospective readers and sap all your credibility.

– Stuart Mirsky



I understand you can look up the reviewers on Amazon. Many are regulars and open to being asked to review. – Marva Dasef


Paid Reviews

Kirkus Discoveries is a paid review service and the closest a POD book can get to a Kirkus Review. It was part of my iUniverse package, or an add-on to it, I forget which. But even though they are paid, they are under no obligation to give you a good review. My review is currently on their home page along with some other books that didn't get as nice a write-up as I did. Mine was better than I could possibly have hoped for.


You may want to look into some professional review services, such as Midwest Book Review, Reader Views, and ForeWord Magazine. I recently purchased a reasonably priced advertising package at ForeWord that included advertising in the magazine and a display in their booth at a trade book fair. The book fairs are frequented by agents, book sellers, and publishers. – Diane Salerni


Review sites:

iUniverse authors can request reviews here: Another review spot for science fiction, fantasy and mystery is here.


Cocktail Reviews

You might want to check out Cocktail Reviews. This review site does not charge for reviews. Getting a review depends entirely on whether any of the reviewers (there are five or six) likes the sound of your story. The reviews are well thought out and quite quotable.
– Marva Dasef


Blogger News Network

Blogger News Network   does reviews of books (also movies and CDs). Send an email with some sort of news release about your book and a contact e-mail and she'll post it in the discussion group for those of us who write reviews. – Celia Hayes



There have for a long time been two schools of thought. The first group wants to believe that any deception to keep the public from learning that their books are self-published POD is the way to go. They think if they can only dodge the slap-fighters by dodging the POD stigma, then their sales will proliferate. The second group, of which I am an obvious member, believes that honesty and integrity is always the best policy.

The important question here is whether you seek genuine, satisfied readers who think your writing and message are truly worthwhile, or do you seek the maximum number of book sales at any cost to your readers? This question leads to book reviews, of which there are three basic types. The first type is in traditionally published magazines and newspapers, and we all know the market for POD entries into that closed world is very, very tight. The second type comes from what I call volume (both paid and free) reviewers, of which extremely few will honestly tell your readers what they need to know about your book ... The last group of reviewers is very tiny, and for your own good, I hope each of you is familiar with these few legitimate reviewers who are available to you.

Ya'll are always welcome at iUniverse Book Reviews. The ones of you who know me are well aware that I won't blow smoke at you. When I review one of your books, I am comparing it to every book I have ever read. I try my best to tell your readers how good or bad your book
really is, and why. There are a few other legitimate reviewers you can find in the links on my site.

iUniverse Book Reviews has no connection with the company whatsoever; in fact, the company blatantly refuses to even acknowledge the site's existence. I think it's a truth-to-power thing. They are Big Pharma and I'm Michael Moore. One of the things that spurred me to start the site was the ridiculous review scam iU is running with Kirkus Reviews. The second thing was the most successful of the commercial, volume review sites, which happens to be located just a bit down the road from me. I accept only iU books for review for two reasons. They are a known entity: I have four iU books of my own. Secondly, I still think they are the best POD company, and little has happened in the past eight years to change m mind about that. The AuthorHouse buyout might become the thing that changes my mind. – Floyd M. Orr