City Book Review is the managing company for our book review brands (click on each logo to go to the website). We began in September 2008 at our kitchen table with one publication, and have since grown the company to include a total of four brands and three licensees. We now also offer author marketing services. If we can’t provide a particular service you need, we have vetted publishing industry resources to refer you to.
We also license to the Tulsa City-County Library system (Tulsa Book Review), Portland Book Review, and San Diego Book Review. Tulsa relies on us to provide them with reviews for their monthly printed publication. While we have no control over which reviews they select, simply having your book review available to them increases your chance for additional exposure. Portland and San Diego operate independently of the City Book Review brands, so if you’re wanting a book review from them, follow the links above to go to their respective websites.
This is the hub for ordering a book review from any, or all, of the brands or ordering author services. You’ll also find author-related resource articles here.
You’ll find all of the reviews we’ve done since 2008 on the brand websites, as well as articles and author interviews.
Order a Book Review
We have been offering book reviews since 2008 and have thousands of happy authors and publicists. Because we receive such a high volume of books every month, we created our Sponsored Review program for authors and publicists who want a guaranteed review 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.
Click the images below to learn more about each of our programs:
At City Book Review, we understand writing your book is only the first step. There are many hats you may need to wear to publish your book. That may feel like a daunting task, but we’re here to empower you on this journey. We can either help you with some of these things or connect you with the resources and agencies that best suit your needs.
We’ve been doing this since 2008, and we are much more than just a book review company. We have some great resources in our back pocket for you – from mentoring to creating a marketing plan to designing your cover to marketing the book you just published, and much more.
Take a look at the author services we offer and contact us today to discuss how we can help with your book launch.
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.
First, there is no secret that book reviews sell books. Most readers at least scan the back cover before purchasing a book. The more reviews you gather, the more general public awareness grows of your book. Greater awareness directly translates to better sales. I have...read more
Be sure to check out Part 1 of this article. It’s your time to shine; it’s time for your TV debut! Participating in a broadcast interview for the first time can be nerve-wracking, which is why it’s crucial to make sure you’re prepared. These 10 tips will help make...read more
Until BookBub came along, daily deal promotion websites would promote any eBook so long as the book had a handful of positive reviews and the author had cash. What made BookBub successful is careful curation—they choose books they believe their mailing list...read more
Designing an eye-catching book cover is a strategic part of the book marketing process. If someone lingers over your cover for a millisecond longer, there’s a greater likelihood they’ll be inspired to crack open the book. What then, can can be done to set one book...read more
Beyond reviews: Are you missing opportunities to spread the word about your book? Six things to think about.
Naturally, most authors would love to see their books reviewed in major outlets, such as The New York Times Book Review, USA Today, LA Times, or featured on NPR or one of the network morning news shows. There is certainly nothing wrong with aiming high—and landing...read more
How do you feel about public speaking? For introverts it’s like standing naked in front of a crowd of strangers. Conversely, extroverts love the stage, the applause, the chance to share their thoughts and visions. No matter where you are on the introvert/extrovert...read more
Landing a TV interview can be a challenge. From timing to finding the best local angle, here are 10 tips to help you attract producers’ attention and solidify an interview slot on air!read more
By my count, authors need four email lists for an effective book launch. Assuming Amazon is your primary marketing partner is probably the worst assumption you can make when launching a book.
Simply put, you need a team, and email is your best friend. Without it, your book will disappear into the virtual back shelves of Amazon. You could get lucky and be discovered. Perhaps have the right topic or story, at the right time. But, more likely, it is like the proverbial noise a tree makes when falling in the woods. If no one notices your book, it won’t sell. It’s time to make some listsread more
Did you spend enough time crafting the first line in your book? In our attention deficit world these days, it’s more important now than ever to grab the reader’s attention immediately. Why? Because if they don’t like the first line, they may never read any further and...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.