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.
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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.
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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.
Your book is publishing in 2018. NOW is the time to let people know about it. But now that you have spent all this time writing and perfecting it, how do you get your book the media coverage it deserves? First, it is important to set some realistic expectations. I...read more
When promoting a book, many authors think national promotion. And that’s fine, but I also suggest authors consider solid local promotion using book clubs. While national campaigns can be effective, reaching out to a closer audience is certainly cost-effective and,...read more
By Ross Rojek Recently, an author we’re working with wanted to know how we could help him sell more books, but didn’t want to do anything with social media. “Facebook doesn’t sell books, Amazon does!” was his statement. This brings up a whole host of...read more
I recently met a potential author who seemingly has a lot going for him – great credentials, a timely subject, something useful to offer, and connections to A-list stars. He asked me what I thought authors need to do to be successful, and thought it seems like he...read more
For more than 20 years I have watched authors blindly stumble from manuscript to published book and then wonder why they aren't making sales. When they mention low sales, I ask them, “Does anyone besides your friends and family know about the book?” I wrote this...read more
Your new book will publish in 2018. You’re excited that your dream is becoming a reality. Now is the time to spread the word about your upcoming release. While you’re surrounded by supportive friends and family who are already telling everyone they know about your...read more
Yes it’s painful, but the general rule for reacting to a negative review is: Don’t respond. Yet if you must, tread lightly. Let’s face it, online reviews have become one of the most effective marketing tools an author has to promote their books. In fact, there are...read more
Being in the PR business for more than 30 years, I’ve seen a constant evolution in effective tactics. In the book marketing world, what works today won’t work tomorrow because ‘everybody’ is doing it. It’s gone from lunch with reporters and phone calls, to direct...read more
When an author does an interview with the news media, he or she, of course, wants to make a great impression. It’s the writer’s time to shine in the spotlight and use the opportunity to increase book sales, establish branding, share a positive message, and connect...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.