Welcome, fellow bloggers! Today I would like to share with you some publishers and publicity groups I review for and how you can review for them. You must have a blog, be able to write reviews, and be able to post the reviews on your blog and on a retailer site.
Let's jump right in, shall we?
One of my favorite book review programs is Booksneeze. Don't let the name throw you off- this is the book review program for Thomas Nelson Publishers. They periodically put up books or videos they have available for review and it's basically first-come, first-serve. You create an account and then pick the book you want to review. The book is sent to you in the mail, you read and review it on your blog and retailer site, submit the links to Booksneeze, and then you're ready to pick another book! Pretty easy, right?
Another popular review program is the one from Tyndale Publishers. It functions very similarly to Booksneeze, although it is updated less often and the books take longer to arrive. Your review also must be approved before you can get another book, which is unique to the Tyndale Reviewer Program. Also on a first come, first serve basis. I've gotten many of my now-favorite books from reviewing for Tyndale.
Although I have yet to join one of the blog tours from this publishing group, I know they have offered many awesome books in the past. Litfuse Publicity is basically a group of wonderful woman bloggers who are Christian. Books range from informational to historical fiction. The Litfuse group sends out e-mails every once in a while about new books you can sign up to review. Many of the tours have a limited space for people participating.
Another publicity group I review for is Glass Road Public Relations. They also send out periodical e-mails to reviewers. You simply reply to the e-mail and/or follow the instructions given on the e-mail.
Here is the link
Bethany House Publishers also offers a reviewer program. The system they use is a little different from Booksneeze and Tyndale. You sign up on the reviewer website and you will soon be contacted by them with periodical e-mails with each genre you signed up for. You simply click on the links under the books and they will be mailed to you!
Here is the link to the site.
WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogger Review Program has been in the process of updating, and the new and improved site is set to be in place sometime this month (October 2010)
NavPress publishers also has a lovely book review program. They generally feature nonfiction books, but I have seen several fiction books featured. All of the instructions are well-laid out on the website.
Click here to go there.
Another program for reviewing books is NetGalley. NetGalley features many books from many different genres and publishers. However, this book review program lets reviewers view e-books or Kindle versions of books to review.
Go here to go to the site.
Many of the other publishers I review for don't have very public review programs. It's surprised me how secret many of these programs are. Half of these programs I found out about because I started digging around the publishers site or searching the publisher's name along with "book review program". If I didn't find that, I contacted the publisher. I usually e-mailed them or used the contact form provided on the site. About 75% of the time you will find that the publishers will contact you in about three to six weeks about you being accepted to the program.