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Author/Publisher Information (Get a Book Reviewed)The Midwest Book Review gives priority consideration to small publishers, self-published authors, academic presses, and specialty publishers whenever possible. Reviewing print books/CDs/DVDs is always free of charge.
We gladly review audiobooks, but we can only accept physical review copies of audiobooks on CD or MP3-CD. We cannot accept download links, digital audiobooks, or digital audio files that have been "burned" to a CD.
There is a charge of a $50 "Reader Fee" for reviewing ebooks, pre-publication manuscripts, galleys, uncorrected proofs, ARCs, or pdf files. If you wish to pursue this option, then send us an email with "Reader Fee Request" in the subject line, and we'll send you the name and email address of the assigned reviewer. The reviewer will tell you what information is needed along with a copy of the title to be reviewed. We request that you send the $50 "Reader Fee" directly to the assigned reviewer, not to the MBR.
To submit a print book for review, we require the following:
There is an approximate 4 to 6-week "window of opportunity" for a book to be assigned out for review.
If/when a book makes the final cut and is featured, we will automatically send a tear sheet to the publisher for their records. When a book has been submitted on a publisher's behalf by an independent publicist, we will also try to furnish the publicist with a tear sheet for their files as well. It is the publisher's responsibility to inform authors and editors of the review.
As of January 2014, we have instituted a new policy especially for authors and publishers whose book passed the initial screening, but didn't make the final cut because of "too many books, not enough reviewers". These authors or publishers may submit the MBR a review from any other reviewer or review resource, as long as they have that reviewer's permission to do so. We will run the review in our monthly book review publication Reviewer's Bookwatch, under that reviewer's byline. (Of course, the reviewer retains all copyright and ownership rights to their review, just like any other contributor to the Reviewer's Bookwatch.)
This policy is retroactive, so if you have ever submitted a book to the Midwest Book Review in the past and it failed to achieve a review assignment from us, then this offer is open to you.
You may also want to read the following articles on the Advice for Writers & Publishers section of our website:
James A. Cox