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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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.
Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing and has a set of rules to which all participants’ cars must conform. Just as in racing there are rules or elements for creating a successful book. And, make no mistake, writing and publishing a book today...read more
Every author knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. A 90-second to three-minute video can reach thousands of people in your targeted audience per week and many more in the months to follow. Equally importantly, that same video can be found by traditional...read more
About 12 years ago, publishers would really focus on a book’s spine. It sounds strange today, I know, but we would spend hours taking spine cutouts to a local bookstore and trying them out within a category (while trying not get caught). We could bring a dozen or more...read more
Having read a few thousand book reviews and written a few dozen, I have a pretty good idea about how to write a book review that is helpful to potential readers and buyers of a book. Authors have a difficult time getting people to write a review because their fan base...read more
As a first-time, indie, or even veteran author, the task of requesting and securing blurbs can be a daunting one. Putting your book baby out there for other authors to see takes immense courage and confidence in your work. That being said, it’s no doubt that blurbs...read more
12 Ways to Market Your Book (Despite the Facebook Apocalypse) You may have noticed that your posts on Facebook aren’t getting as much traction as they used to—epecially the important posts promoting your book. Yikes. It’s what marketing pros are calling “Facebook...read more
I am fed up with hearing how some authors, publishers, distributors, and literary agents operate under wrongful assumptions — or, worse — feed the ignorance of others by spewing bad advice. Let’s try to clear up the myths, misconceptions, or downright lies that fill...read more
You’ve heard the old saying, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” The same goes for books. There are more than 300,000 (new titles and editions) books published each year. So, if you aren’t telling anyone about your...read more
What publicists do has mystified many an author and publisher. Professional book publicist MaryGlenn McCombs sheds some light on the topic of book PR.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.