Getting Your Book Reviewed
Guest Post by Charlene Giannetti
I have been a writer for more than 40 years, have written 11 non-fiction books published by mainstream houses. I know firsthand what it takes to sell a book. Even with a major publisher behind you, generating publicity for your book is tough. It’s even tougher if you self-publish your book. These are times for thinking outside the box, finding new ways using the internet and social media to get out the word on your book.
Four years ago, I launched the website Woman Around Town for women working and living in New York and Washington D.C. Three years in a row, we have won awards from the New York Press Club. Two of the awards I have won have been for book reviews. That fact hasn’t been overlooked by publishers. I receive many books from publishers and review many of them myself. As you already know, with so many newspapers and magazines dying, there aren’t that many places for authors to have their books reviewed. For many we have become a popular site.
We now have more than 500,000 unique visitors a year, not only in New York and Washington, but all over the world. The beauty of the internet is that our site can be accessed no matter where you live, thus increasing our reach and influence. We are approached to do profiles of many outstanding men and women, many of them authors including Kati Marton, Linda Fairstein, to mention just two. Because our site features original work, we come up high on Google searches. We are regarded as a well-written, professionally run site. My partner, Debra Toppeta, is an attorney and also writes and edits for the site.
We don’t usually do reviews for self-published books. But as writers, and for myself as an author, we would like to help writers publicize their books. We now offer a service for self-published authors called the Author’s Corner where, for a small fee, we will review the book and even include, if requested, an interview with the author. Our site is visually attractive and we use author photos, cover images, even You Tube videos. We can link to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and any other place where your book can be purchased.
Please look at the site, http://www.womanaroundtown.com, and also see our first Author’s Corner book review and interview with Ginger Ingalls, a poet. Contact me if you are interested in a review on our site. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.