Ever wonder “How to get my book reviewed”?

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So you’ve finished your book. Its been edited and published, and now you’re trying to figure out how to get to your potential readers. While beginning your marketing campaign usually happens well before your book is completed, getting your first reviews can’t begin until your book is done or in a final draft status.

Many stores won’t carry a small press or self-published book that doesn’t have reviews from a recognizable publication. So how do you get someone to pay attention to your book among all of the hundreds, if not thousands, of submissions they see every month?

City Book Review, publishers of the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review and Kids’ BookBuzz all have programs to help you. Kids BookBuzz is only for children, tweens and young adult books, but the other two will take almost any book you have (including children’s stories).

So how do you get your book reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review?

If your book is within 90 days of the release date, you can submit it for general review (at no cost). The closer you are to the 90 days, the less of a chance it will have to be reviewed, but you can still begin there. The SFBR gets more than 1000 submissions a month, and only reviews 300 or less, so your chances of getting your book reviewed in this way is less than 33%. But you can give it a try and see if it gets reviewed.

General Submission Guidelineshttp://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/general-submission/

If your book is more than 90 days past its publishing date, or you really want to have it reviewed and don’t want to just hope it’ll get picked up through the general review, you can go through the Sponsored Review program. While there is some controversy about paying for a review, SFBR is a respected outlet like Kirkus or Foreward Reviews and doesn’t provide vanity reviews for payment. You can expect the same level of professionalism from their standard reviews. And they don’t mark sponsored reviews any different than the other reviews.

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Reviewhttp://sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/sponsored-review/

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Review

There are a lot of different options for getting your book reviewed, mostly around how long it takes to get your review back, and if you want more than one or an interview as well.

  • Standard Reviews Take 8-10 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book Start at
  • Expedited Reviews Take 3-5 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book Start at
  • Get more than one review for the same book you’ll get a discount on the normal cost of 2 or 3 reviews. Reviews range in price from $150 to $299.
  • Getting a podcast interview for Audible Authors to promote yourself and your book, and you can add an interview to a review package at a discount.

And if you really like your review, you can have it posted on the other publication’s website for $99, or get a new review from a different reviewer. Both can help with your marketing and search engine optimization.

So how do you get your book reviewed by the Manhattan Book Review?

The Manhattan Book Review uses the same format for the San Francisco Book Review. Different audience, so if you’re an East Coast author, you might be more interested in having the credit from MBR over SFBR. Personal taste is the only difference between the two for reviews. If you are a local SF or Manhattan author, they will also flag that in your review.

General Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Review – http://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Reviewhttp://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/sponsored-reviews/

So how do you get your book reviewed by Kids’ BookBuzz?

First thing, all of the reviews for Kids’ BookBuzz are done by children. They are assigned age appropriate books, but the children read them and write the reviews themselves. The younger children have some help from their parents, but the words are all theirs. Don’t expect any easy reviews either. These kids see a lot of books, so they know good books when they read them.

General Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzzhttp://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzzhttp://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/sponsored-reviews/

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Rare edition of JK Rowling’s Beedle the Bard sells for 368,750

Jewelled book was Harry Potter authors thank you gift to publisher who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell

A handwritten and jewelled edition of JK Rowlings The Tales of Beedle the Bard gifted to her publisher has sold for 368,750 at auction.

Rowling handwrote seven copies of her collection of fairytales set in the Harry Potter universe and gave six as presents to those most closely connected to the Harry Potter books. The seventh copy, made by Rowling to raise money for her charity Lumos, was sold at auction by Sothebys in 2007 for 1.95m.

The copy sold by Sothebys in London on Tuesday was made for publisher Barry Cunningham, who was working at Bloomsbury when he decided to publish the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. Rowlings agent Christopher Little sent the manuscript to 12 publishers before Cunningham, who now runs childrens publisher Chicken House, read it. He later revealed he had warned Rowling that she would never make any money from her book… not many childrens hardbacks sold in those days.

A glimpse inside Cunninghams copy of the book. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Cunninghams copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which had a guide price of 300,000-500,000, is a cloth-wrapped, leather-bound manuscript covered in semi-precious stones and features a silver mounted skull. A note from Rowling in the front of the edition reads: To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell THANK YOU.

The book was delivered to Cunningham in an envelope in 2007. Sothebys said that the stones on the manuscripts cover are rhodochrosite, which Rowling notes at the end of the volume are traditionally associated with love, balance and joy in daily life.

The first page of the story The Warlocks Hairy Heart, about a wizard who goes to great lengths to avoid falling in love. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The Tales of Beedle the Bard play a crucial role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final novel in Rowlings fantasy series. A copy is left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the hope that she will find it entertaining and instructive, and contains clues used by the friends in their quest to destroy the evil wizard Voldemort.

A mass market edition of the book went on sale in 2008 and at its peak, was selling two copies a second around the world.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/13/beedle-the-bard-jk-rowling-auction

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This Poem Brilliantly Captures What ‘Home’ Means To Young Immigrants

“At the end of the day, when there is no work left to do, when exhaustion is all our legs can feel, we all want to get home. But where do we go when home tells us to leave?”

Thus begins “Standing In Between” a poem performed by high school students Khamal Iwuanyanwu, Sarina Morales and Vanessa Tahay at the The Get Lit Classic Slam. The three teens, coming from three very different immigrant backgrounds, break down what it feels like to be “in-between” their native countries and the land they call home, America. 

“I tell grandma I’m not welcome in my new home,” Morales recites in the clip, posted by Button Poetry on Nov. 7. 

“They blame us for taking away jobs that no one wants. For risking our lives to make theirs more convenient.”

The poem goes on to describe the uneasiness young immigrants or children immigrants feel with the thought of going “home” to their native countries. 

“Home is one pair of shoes…why go back to coal, candles and caves when here we have convenience?” 

The trio concludes by repeating, “We all want to get home…But where do we go?” 

Watch the entire clip above. 

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/this-poem-brilliantly-captures-what-home-means-to-young-immigrants_us_58260e56e4b060adb56e2f24

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Paul Rands Classic A Designers Art Is Finally Back in Print

Paul Rand published A Designers Artin 1985. The renowned graphic designer wrote other influential books—1947’sThoughts on Design, for instance—but this book was different.

It was the first book to look at a graphic designers output intelligently, as opposed to just visually, says Steven Heller, a design critic who knew Rand professionally. Unlike other monographs, A Designers Art was meant to be read, not flipped through. Rands essays cited academics. Prints of his logo work for IBM, ABC, and Westinghouse, along with indie work formagazine and book covers, supportedhis arguments. It was a lot to digest. You could read it in one sitting, but it still requires time to absorb the ideas, Heller says.

Rand’s headymonograph-meets-manifesto went out of print in 2000. Today, original copies can costhundreds of dollars. But later this month, Princeton Architectural Press will releasea newly remastered, $50 edition.


Paul Rand/Princeton Architectural Press

Rand wanted A Designers Art to be the book people remember him by. It was a common moveat the time; the early 1980s saw a wave of documentation within the graphic design industry. Designers who started inthe heyday of mid-century advertising had amassed bodies of work worthy of monographs. In 1983, designer and historian Philip B. Meggs canonized many of them in A History of Graphic Design, the first book about graphic design to get a mention in The New York Times Book Review.

Rand, of course, deserved prominent placement in any review of the industry. But he also wanted recognition beyond the design world, and to write his history on his own terms.1

With A Designers Art, Rand pursued thatin every way possible. When choosing a publisher, he avoided the usual trade houses and opted instead for Yale Architectural Press. He fought with his editor over the rainbow-stripe spine of the book, which contrasted starkly with the pitch-black cover. That spine mattered: Rand knew his book wouldnt receive cover-out placement on bookstore shelves forever; he wanted it to stand apart and be read, even after its novelty had worn off. His choice of publisher paid off, too: If it had been a trade book, the editor of the New York Times Book Review would never have reviewed it, says Heller, who worked at the paper of record at the time. Yale gave it credibility. The Times gave it a front page treatment.

Heller citesA Designers Art‘s front page appearance as a turning point for the graphic design industry. Prior to that, the paper would only allot short blurbs to describe design-related books. Afterwords, editors gave more space to graphic design topics.Its a testament to Rand’s singular talents that in vying to make hiswork understood he helped other designers be heard.

UPDATE: 11:48pm ET 11/02/2016 A previous version of this article misquoted Steve Heller on Paul Rand’s opinion ofhistorians, including Philip B. Meggs. The quotehas been removed.

Read more: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/paul-rands-classic-designers-art-finally-back-print/

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Bob Dylan website acknowledges Nobel literature prize win after five-day wait

Nobel academy not at all worried singer will miss award ceremony despite lack of official acceptance

Some have put his silence down to shyness, others have called him aloof and a few have said it is just plain bad manners. But, five days after Bob Dylan was given the Nobel prize for literature, the singers lack of comments on the subject may have been broken.

In a subtle update on Dylans website, a page promoting a new book of his lyrics now includes the declaration winner of the Nobel prize in literature.

It is the first time the elusive singer has made any acknowledgement of the prize. Sara Danius, the Nobel academys permanent secretary, said on Monday that numerous attempts had been made to contact Dylan, including emails and calls to those closest to him, but had heard nothing back from the man himself.

Dylan, 75, played a gig in Las Vegas on the night the accolade was announced, but made no mention that he had been given the prize, which comes with 8m kronor (740,000) prize money, or if he intended to turn it down.

Danius said she was not at all worried that Dylan would fail to appear at the ceremony in Stockholm on 10 November, where the Nobel winners are celebrated and where the singer will be invited to give a lecture.

I think he will show up, she said. If he doesnt want to come, he wont come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him.

The decision to award Dylan the Nobel prize was not without controversy. The French Moroccan writer Pierre Assouline described the decision as contemptuous of writers while Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, said that although he was a Dylan fan this is an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.

Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/20/bob-dylan-website-acknowledges-nobel-prize-win-after-five-day-wait

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15+ Reading Nooks Perfect For When You Need To Escape This World

Although some people claim that they can read anywhere, anytime, we all know that a comfortable, well lit, soft spot is ideal. On a blanket in a park is one such perfect spot; on dry, spongy moss, under a tree, is another good location. But what happens if you’re a city dweller (or not even!), and outdoor reading spots are at a premium?

Bored Panda has collected this list of reading nooks for you, those indoor bookworms that maybe like to read outside, but who also need a comfortable place inside to get the pages turning. Which reading nook looks most comfortable to you? Vote, or submit a picture of your own reading nook below! (h/t)


#1 Cozy Reading Nook


Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/cozy-reading-nooks-book-corner/

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