1. You must submit a
printed review copy
of your work (we will no longer be accepting pdf/ebook versions for
review). Any AA Fiction is acceptable (this includes Contemporary,
Christian/Inspirational, Street Lit, Sci-Fi/Speculative, Romance,
Young Adult/Teen, Erotica, Mystery/Suspense etc). We do feature
non-fiction work on occasion at our discretion. A review copy can
be a galley, advanced reader, or a final copy of your novel. If it
is an uncorrected proof, the book should be marked as such or you
need to tell us this in advance.
If it is a final version of
your book and there are editing issues, it will be reflected in the
review as well as the rating for your book.
Manuscripts must be approved beforehand, be bound (spiral or
glue-bound), and it must already be released or is about to be
released by a publisher. Self-published titles should be available
for readers to purchase or pre-order at the time of your review
request. For music, any copy of your cd is sufficient, whether it
be a CD-R copy, promotional copy, or store-ready version.
4. There must be a direct link to a website/order page for someone to purchase a copy of your book or cd. This includes (but is not limited to) Amazon.com, BN.com, Borders.com, CushCity.com, TheBlackLibrary.com, Buy.com, or your own personal site.
5. To be considered for a book review, a book description (think Amazon.com or the back of the book) AND excerpt of your book (preferably the first chapter) must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify you through email if we would like to review your novel. At that time, we will forward our mailing address so that a review copy can be mailed.
*Note: Unfortunately, we will no longer be reviewing poetry on our site. However, we do feature a Poetry section on the Author Connection page where each month we will feature a particular poet, their website, and a brief bio on the poet. If interested, simply send a short email to email@example.com and we will let you know if we have chosen to spotlight you and your poetry for the Author Connection page. We will include your information in our promotional emails and postings on the net, so you'll get the same amount of exposure as titles that we review for that month.
To be considered for a music review,
a simple email to
telling us about yourself and your Hip-Hop or R&B cd is sufficient.
A link to your website where we can preview your work is a must.
After reading your email and sampling your music, we will email you
back and let you know if we would like to review the entire cd for
our website. At that time, we will forward our mailing address so
that a review copy can be mailed.
8. Please be patient when it comes to reviewing your work. We have 6 people for book reviews and 1 person for music reviews.
9. All of the above is not meant to scare anyone off. Please feel free to contact us through email at firstname.lastname@example.org (do not send book/cd review requests to this address - refer to #5 above for submitting book review requests and #6 for music reviews).
If chosen for review,
we must have a JPEG, PNG or GIF copy of the book cover or album
cover. We can resize it and host the picture on our site to
accompany the review.