Thursday, September 29, 2011

Reviewing the Possibilities

Oh, wow! So almost a whole month has passed since I posted last. Bad, bad, bad. BUT I have a good reason. I've actually been working on those revisions mentioned previously. There's only so much time in a life filled with caring for a preschooler, packing to move, grieving taxes, grocery shopping, visits to the dentist, babysitting a guinea pig and other sundry activities.

Still, I did manage to find time to research how to promote a book. One way to go: Try and get reviewed in a publication read by librarians and booksellers. After all, they are in the business of recommending books. With any luck, yours could be one of them. (One caveat: You run the risk of getting a negative review. But let's think positive - and consider the perspective that any press is good press.)

Here are a few places where you could score a review. Keep in mind, some require that you send galleys before the book is actually out.

The Horn Book

The Book List (Actually, I just found out two of my books were reviewed! Take a look here and here.)

Kirkus Book Reviews

Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

American Library Association

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