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Need Your Book Reviewed? Try Midwest Book Review

If you need your book reviewed consider sending it to Midwest Book Review.  This book review site has been around a long time and is a fan favorite.   To learn what to send with your book click here and follow the instructions.  It may take a few weeks to get a review so you have to be patient but it’s worth it!

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Paid Book Reviews Generate Controversy

The internet is chock full of stories about Todd Jason Rutherford.  Rutherford built a thriving business providing paid reviews that he and paid freelancers wrote.  In some cases the book was never read by the reviewer.  This worked very well for Rutherford until a displeased client posted complaints on consumer sites.  Although both Google and Amazon stepped in and effectively put him out of business he is still trying to make money from authors albeit in a smaller venture.  You can read the original article about Rutherford on The New York Times and a follow-up that prompted comments from Rutherford on Publishers Weekly.  42 Rules has never paid for reviews but we’d be interested in hearing an opinion of the practice from our readers!

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5 Places Indie Authors Can Get Their Books Reviewed

Book Baby supports indie book authors and decries the lack of a large, trusted source for book reviews.  We think Amazon.com would fit this bill as it includes indie and traditionally published books.  Book Baby has five recommendations for indie authors for reviews that you can see here.  One note of caution, the last site in the list looks like a reader club and has no information on getting a book reviewed.

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Keep Track Of New Books In One Place

The New York Times book section is a great online resource for readers and authors.  They cover book news, have book reviews, best seller lists, podcasts and more.  If you love books as much as we do bookmark The New York Times Books.

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The HuffPost Book Club

If you are an avid reader like all of us at 42Rules then take a look at the HuffPost Book Club.  Started in December of 2011, the book club introduction says:

“Just like other book clubs, it’s a way for us to invite you to read books that you otherwise might not, and to be part of a larger community discussing their narratives and themes.

Unlike any other book club, we also want to hear about how your reading intersects with your experiences, your memories, your everyday life and with current events.”

If you’d like to join the club visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/book-club

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Book Reviews Can Make Or Break Your Book

One of the best ways to promote your book is to get it reviewed by readers.  It’s important to get feedback not only from experts in your field but also general readers who like the topic of the book.  If part of your marketing plan is getting reviews then you should read “5 Mistakes To Avoid When Requesting A Book Review” at Publishing A Book Is An Adventure.  The article offers some great advice to guide you to getting the most reviews possible.

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New York Journal Of Books Looking For Books To Review

The New York Journal of Books is an online repository of book reviews.  If you are an author or publisher you can submit your book for review.  They do want the book four weeks before publication so this is not an opportunity for already published books. To read the guidelines click here.

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My Shelf Looking For 2012 Books To Review

My Shelf is a popular book review site looking for current books to review. Submit your favorite 42Rules title Your review request will be circulated to volunteer reviewers and if someone is interested they will contact you. You can find out more at My Shelf.

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