What We Offer
City Book Review is the managing company for the following brands, which are geared towards helping avid readers find their next favorite book and to authors or publicists looking to get their book reviewed.
Maybe you recently published a book or decided to get some help increasing sales with marketing a book you put out awhile ago. If you’re new to the self-publishing game, you’ll be required to wear several hats as you market and distribute your book. We’re here to guide you through the process.
Tap into our combined 50 years of book marketing, publishing, and retail experience.
Order a Book Review
We have been offering book reviews since 2008 and have reviewed more than 30,000 books since then. Because we receive such a high volume of books (last year, we received more than 4,600), we created our Sponsored Review program for authors and publicists who want to guarantee that we will review their book by a certain date. As with all of our reviews, we do everything in our power to make sure each book gets to the right reviewer.
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Where You’ve Seen Us
Since our inception in 2008, we have reviewed more than 30,000 books! Here are only a sampling of publishers we work with — from large and small publishers to independently published books.
You’re in good hands!
Book Marketing Overview
Sales and marketing of your book takes more than just listing it for sale on Amazon or other retail outlets. A well-rounded sales strategy includes PR and SEO (search engine optimization), marketing, sales outreach, and social media. Each part of your sales plan works with these four elements to help find new readers, convince them to purchase your book, and helps you stay in touch so they’ll buy each new book you write in the future.
We can help you with all of this.
Resources for Authors
You’ll find these recent articles to be a bevy of information to you as an author. Most of the articles are written by seasoned publicists who have been working in the book industry for a very long time. You just can’t beat free advice! Archived articles may be found on the top menu under Resources.
I’m here today to go against that which your mother, pastor, and crossing guard advised. These wise people kept you safe with the adage: never talk to strangers. If, like me, you’re old enough to remember life before the Internet, never talk to strangers wasn’t just...read more
After you’ve created a beautiful new website, we want to make sure people will find it. And here's how. This article covers using PINGS, encouraging other websites to link to your site, and taking advantage of Google Services. Each day, Google’s search spiders...read more
For those Do-It-Yourself types, there is no reason why you can’t create an author website that ‘looks like a million bucks’ (while costing less than $100 to set up). Today’s templates and graphic features for hosted websites can compete with sites created by...read more
As a publicist, whenever I write a column, I am always looking for the sexiest way to present my material, because people catch fire with enthusiasm and sexiness. But sometimes the plain vanilla—back to basics—is the what I am called to share. Whether you have been...read more
If you’re exploring different avenues to gain additional exposure for your book this holiday season, then gift guides are an excellent way to do this. I’ve seen a bump in sales and exposure from books that we pitched to gift guides. And you can see great success from...read more
Movies, like books, sometimes have humble beginnings. Remember the movie The Elephant Man? It was a true story about a nineteenth-century sideshow freak who was saved by a doctor portrayed in the movie by Anthony Hopkins. THE ELEPHANT MAN, portrayed by the late John...read more
If you want to know how to go about getting a lot of book sales, all you need to do is write a really good book that’s better than others in your genre on a topic that’s not overdone or obscure that is published properly, distributed well, and promoted endlessly....read more
Not everyone knows what a book publicist does. As you can imagine, most of our days are filled with pitching our clients to the media, but we also have to go on book tours with our authors. So, what would a book publicist need when out on the road with an author? Look...read more
I love goals. I love them so much I actually have a goal book, like a journal, where I keep all of my goals. Penning your goals (instead of just saying or thinking them) conjures them into reality and are as permanent as any word printed on a page. Written goals hold...read more
We at City Book Review are the proud owners of many [city]bookreview.com domains. One of the services we offer is the ability to license these domains and run your own book review website on them, just like we do! Our current inventory includes Austin, Baltimore, Cleveland, San Jose, Vanvouver, Washington DC, and more. Check out our licensing page for more details on how you can run your own book review website.