Most writers are aware of Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. These are industry giants with an audience of booksellers and librarians; they review books from major publishers and will review self-published books for a fee. Fewer know about ForeWord, a magazine that caters to the same audience and specializes in reviewing books from independent publishers and self-published authors. The magazine comes out quarterly and features both a print and an online edition. Right now, you can get a free e-subscription to the magazine through Zinio.
Editor Julie Eakin says, “ForeWord loves self-published books. For magazine consideration, I need to see them three to four months in advance of publication in galley form. Our online (paid) reviews may be purchased at any time.”
These are the details: If you have your own independent imprint, there is at least a possibility that you can get a review in ForeWord for free. In each magazine, they review 125 books from independent presses that the editor deems of ”sufficient quality.” The books must be received as galleys at least three to four months before publication and come with a press release or fact sheet explaining their appeal. Here is a list of other requirements for receiving a ForeWord review.
ForeWord does offer other types of review. It will give online-only reviews to other books of “sufficient quality” for $129 without regard to publication dates. Click here for the submission guidelines for these. Finally, there are the more expensive Clarion reviews. These go for
$335 and anyone can order one without a special editor’s nod. The turn-around time is six-to-eight weeks, and there are no publication date restrictions.
ForeWord reviews some e-books as well as print books.
Meanwhile, since I last wrote about book bloggers, I have found another directory. It is at Step-by-Step-Publishing. Not only does it have its own directory of bloggers, at the very bottom of the page, it also lists a number of sites that include still more directories. It seems that finding book bloggers is getting easier and easier.
So good luck with getting reviews for your book!