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2017 Holiday Gift Guide
Helping you find best books of the year as gifts for your friends and family.
Click on the categories below to see the books we recommend:
City Book Review is the managing company for our book review brands (San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, Seattle Book Review, Tulsa Book Review, and Kids’ BookBuzz). We began in September 2008 at our kitchen table with one publication, and have since grown the company to include a total of five brands and two 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 Portland Book Review, and San Diego Book Review. 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.
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.
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.
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
By Heather Cumiskey, author of I Like You Like This It’s easy to want to abandon your book or short story just as it’s getting hard. Like when your momentum suddenly stalls, characters get quiet, or that pestering voice in your head tells you that your writing...read more
For many authors, the concept of book publicity is completely mystifying. What does a book publicist do? Why would I even need one? Do I need one? How does this work? I’ve worked as a book publicist for more than 20 years, so I’ve encountered my share of...read more
Bookstores are not your only option. Think outside the box. It’s October, if you start creating an action plan now, you can still take advantage of Holiday gift giving. All books qualify as potential gifts – nonfiction for students and seekers, and fiction for those...read more
You’ve done it! You’ve landed the interview with the podcast of your dreams! You’re going to get to spend twenty whole minutes talking about your new book to an audience that could not possibly be more perfect for it! Oh, and you’re also standing there with a look of...read more
Authors: Want to Open the Non-Bookstore Non-Retail Channel? Forget About Consignments… These Books Stay Sold
For most self-published authors, it is extremely difficult to get book stores to buy their books. There are many issues that stand in the way, including distribution, returns, payments, and the quality of the book. Many authors have complained to me about the time,...read more
“I have 185,000 Twitter followers. A tweet of content will get me around 20 clicks. Twenty bucks on a boosted Facebook post of the same content to 5,165 people who like the page gets even less. But a link in my newsletter? More than 2,000 clicks from an email list of...read more
Too many authors make the mistake of just releasing their book on Amazon and then moving directly into promotion, marketing, and selling. However, a professional Amazon book page can make the difference between a “visit” and a “sale.” Amazon provides a number of tools...read more