Coming Soon! Our Top 10 Book Reviewer list! Stay tuned for our big announcement, and the BEST book reviewers of 2017!
COVER REVEAL for the 8th edition! New Book Reviewer Yellow Pages coming May 1, 2017! Stay tuned for this brand new reference guide, filled with hundreds of book reviewers and blog tour sites!
This is the last chance to join the 2017 edition of the Book Reviewer Yellow Pages! ATTENTION BOOK REVIEWERS! This is the last chance to add your blog or website to our official Book Reviewer Yellow Pages. Adding your Blog or Blog Tour Site is Free! Simply fill out our short questionnaire here.
We know that a lot of indie authors use Amazon to get their work out there. In order to provide as much help to aspiring writers as possible, we're sharing this simple and very helpful briefing from Amazon. Marketing can be difficult, but Amazon offers a variety of options to help you along. See below to get a quick rundown of the different services you can get to spread the word on your book!
Looking for a low-tech, low-cost way to spread the word about your self-published book? One of the tried-and-true methods we've seen is to leave behind custom bookmarks decorated with an ad promoting your book. Many authors selling their books will leave behind a bookmark, both as a courtesy gift for the reader and as a promotional tool.
One of the great things about bookmarks is readers find them useful and appreciate receiving them. They're perfectly-aimed toward the kind of people who would potentially purchase your book! Naturally, they're most useful if you have a print book you can put them in. However, even if you only work in digital media, you can still use bookmarks in lieu of business cards. Since they serve a practical purpose to readers, they may be more likely to keep the bookmark, instead of throwing it away.
To make an effective bookmark, you need good-quality paper that will hold up for a reasonably long time. Using cheap paper might cost less, but if your bookmark is so flimsy that the reader ends up tossing it, you'll just be wasting your money. Make sure the bookmark includes a nice, well-composed picture of your book's cover. If you want to promote a series, consider choosing the cover of either the first or most recent book. Don't try to cram them all on one piece of paper; you'll just end up with an overly-busy mess. Keep the text succinct and easy-to-read, and provide your author website somewhere unobtrusive. There's no one right way to make a good bookmark. These are just general guidelines to help you come up with an effective design that will garner a reader's interest.
This article by Karen Myers on selfpublishingadvice.org explains in further detail how to make the most of bookmarks as a promotional tool. It's well-worth your time to check it out!
Do you have a book you've published on Amazon that you're really excited about? You might want to consider entering this contest. Self Publishing Review is accepting independently-published books for their annual book awards contest. The contest is already underway, but there is still plenty of time to get your work in!
The contest began on September 9 and continues until December 10, 12:00 PST, giving even late entrants plenty of time to submit something. The contest is open to books of any genre and authors from all over the world can submit their work. Even for those who do not win, there's still an excellent consolation prize. All entries will be listed on Self Publishing Review's website once the contest is closed, providing some free advertisement for one year to everyone who submits a book. The grand-prize winner will receive $2,000 worth of book promotion, but all of the participants will still have something to look forward to.
The contest costs only $25 dollars to enter, and with a minimum guarantee of at least being listed on Self Publishing Review, it's definitely a deal worth considering. If this is something you want in on, click this link and read the submission guidelines at the bottom of the page.
We wish you the best of luck!
Here's a bit of news for those of you who want a little more light reading to keep you company. A free newsletter of short stories produced by Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing will debut next week October 11. The newsletter, called Season of Stories, will deliver a series of tales during October 11 to December 30 to everyone on the mailing list.
The subject matter and authors for each selection of this 11-week newsletter offers plenty of variety. The newsletter itself will be written by a number of different bestselling authors partnered with Random House, promising plenty of interesting reading material beyond just the short stories. The official site promises "a piece of a story one day at a time until the full narrative wraps up just in time for the weekend." This fictional drip-feed promises to keep avid readers company all through the next few months and into the approaching winter holidays. If you find any stories you especially like, you'll even have the option to purchase the books they come from, as many of them will be excerpts of some kind. You can learn more about Season of Stories in this Publisher's Weekly article.
As our ongoing call for submissions for the BRYP anthology continues, we believe news like this will intrigue many of the aspiring writers who follow our blog. While we wait for more short story submissions, we encourage you to consider signing up for this newsletter. Whether it's for inspiration or just a diversion, having new free reading material is definitely a good thing!
Here's a sneak peek at the design for one volume of our anthology series. Don't forget, we're still taking submissions until November 30, 2016! Depending on what we get, we may split the anthology into different parts for the more popular genres.
Happy writing, everyone!
Book Reviewer Yellow Pages is currently accepting submissions for its first anthology series!
We’re looking for essays between seven thousand and fifteen thousand words (we are somewhat flexible on the length if the work is of exceptional quality). The genres we are accepting are:
For essays that are accepted and published, we will pay between $100 and $125, depending on the word count. There is no fee to submit. Accepted authors will also receive a free copy of the printed anthology.
The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2016. The anthology will be published in early 2017 (either spring or summer 2017, depending on the number of submissions we have to review).
Please make sure you have read our genre guidelines* before you send in your work. When you send us your submissions, write “ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION” in the subject line of the email. All submissions must be sent as a word doc and attached to the email.
Send submissions to:
*Since multiple people have asked about this, allow us to clarify; our "genre guidelines" are simply the four genres listed in this call for submissions. We will not be accepting stories of any other genres, though we may consider accepting cross-genre works (i.e. Spooky Stories that happen to have a Wild West theme) on a case-by-case basis. Edited 9/20/2016.
With fall approaching, it’s time for us to start gathering information for next year’s edition of Book Reviewer Yellow Pages. As usual, we have prepared a questionnaire for you to fill out.
Many of you will be familiar with the process, but for those of you who are newcomers, we will briefly explain what we need you to do. Follow the link to the questionnaire and fill in the answers in the assigned fields as accurately and succinctly as you can. We ask that you take your time when filling out the form. Write your answers in full sentences whenever possible and please double-check everything before you submit.
We now offer separate questionnaires for book reviewers and blog tour sites. If you do both, make sure you fill out a separate questionnaire for each site that you want to promote.
Although we’ll also do some double-checking when we start to compile the information into the book, it makes our work a lot easier if you take the time to make sure any URLs you include are functional. You can find a link to the questionnaires here. If you have any questions, please send us an email!
We look forward to working with all of you this coming year. Your cooperation is what makes Book Reviewer Yellow Pages possible. Thank you.
-The BRYP Team
Sarah and Nicole
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