For a long time, Publisher’s Weekly, the nation’s leading industry publication, didn’t touch self-published books.
Then, as the dynamics shifted, they began reviewing indie books in separate listings.
Finally they stopped separating indie reviews from traditional publishing house reviews and let everything flow together. But to get a review, indie authors still had to pay for the service.
Now they are offering a way for indie authors to get a free review. Here’s the review they published in their print magazine for my novel, He Drinks Poison:
Cunningham offers an unusual variation on the serial killer thriller, but the explicit sex and violence may be too much for some readers. Veteran FBI agent Priya Conlin-Kumar, who has just been reassigned to Wheeling, W.Va., expects her new posting to be dull, with its focus on suspected money laundering, but she soon finds herself on the trail of a serial killer. In the first major plot twist, two very different men are busy slaughtering women in the area. Quinn Lawrence, a successful businessman, is organized, hand-crafting the tools of his sadism. Blue-collar worker Cole Bennett, who was brutalized by his mother, takes a less methodical approach. Though some unnecessary hype lessens credibility (“Not since 9/11 had so many people suspended their lives to follow one event”), making Priya a Kali worshipper adds depth to the lead. Priya has a nicely developed tragic back story, and her characterization is the book’s strongest element.
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This option is now available through Publisher’s Weekly’s latest effort. Recently they launched BookLife.com, a resource website for publishers of all types. All authors can list their books there after creating a profile. Best of all, you can submit your book for a review.
About a week ago they began doing promotional work on the site itself to help authors reach readers. Give them a try! It’s free to sign up and free to submit your books. Even if they turn down the free submission, you can always fall back on the paid option. The magazine has a great reach with bookstores and libraries, so it’s worth the effort.