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    There are two great ways we can help you connect with readers. Submit your pre-published or new indie book for consideration in Foreword Reviews magazine, or get an objective, 450-word review and star rating by Clarion, Foreword's fee-for-review service.

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Foreword Review

You're an indie author or publisher, and you have a new book at the printer or a recently published gem. It's beautiful, polished, ready for the eyes of the world, and you're looking to get it out there for readers to fall in love with. Your first stop is here with Foreword Reviews. Foreword offers beautifully written, objective reviews of indie books, and we've been doing it for a readership of librarians, booksellers, and book lovers for over 15 years. Along with flawless credibility and fantastic reach, earning a Foreword book review gives indie authors and publishers more meat on the bone and buzz in the air for publicity campaigns. We have the research to prove that book industry professionals and general readers buy books based on a review in Foreword.

To be considered for a review in the pages of Foreword Reviews magazine, a review copy (printed or digital) of the title in question must be received in the Foreword offices at least two months prior to the book's firm publication date. Once we have our hands on your book, our managing editor will carefully critique whether it meets our editorial standards. We receive hundreds of worthy titles every month. Due to space limitations, we're only able to review 150 books per issue of the quarterly magazine. If your book did not make the cut, we also offer objective, 450-word reviews (including a star rating) by Clarion Reviews, Foreword's fee-for-review service.

Please be sure to review upcoming Foresight Features and deadlines in the 2015 Editorial Calendar.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should include a fact sheet, sell sheet, or press release. All review submissions should be sent to the attention of:

Book Review Editor / Foreword Reviews
425 Boardman Avenue
Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Submission information should include category, title, subtitle, author name and bio, publisher, page count, price, binding, ISBN, and publication date. Press releases or fact sheets should include a brief description of the title, why it is distinctive, etc., as well as contact information. Please also note on your enclosed fact sheet what type of review you are seeking.

eBooks are accepted in the following formats: .pdf, .epub, or .mobi. Foreword will not review titles that are only published as eBooks. Titles must have a print version with a firm pub date.

Submit eBooks by email to ebooks@forewordreviews.com.

Clarion Review

Clarion Review
$499 per review

You've published a book, and now realize that it's hard to get noticed in this overcrowded publishing space. You've researched "how to get a book reviewed" but you also want more than a capsule summary. You want a professionally written, objective review with some major credibility. Oh, and you not only want to reach an audience of readers, but also reach the influencers, connectors, mavens, and the salespeople who can quickly get your book in the right hands.

We hear you.

That's why Foreword created Clarion Reviews over thirteen years ago. We're the industry's first and most trusted fee-for-review service for indie and self-publishers. We use a team of more than one hundred qualified reviewers to help you connect your stories with the hearts and minds of booksellers, librarians, and readers excited to find undiscovered indie literature. Our 450-word reviews critique all aspects of your book and have an express delivery of 4-6 weeks. With your permission, your review will be posted on our high traffic website and licensed to book wholesalers. Our partners, such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Cengage, Bowker, and EBSCO will spread the word to thousands of librarians and booksellers.

A Clarion Review provides three important elements to be used immediately in your marketing efforts:

The Money Quote

Placed on top of the review, this powerful testimonial boils down the entire piece into one sentence, telling readers instantly what distinguishes this book. Clarion Money Quotes use active, dynamic language that can be lifted easily for promotional purposes.

The First Paragraph

This well-written introduction tells readers, in a compact, conversational, positive way, what the book is about and what our reviewer thought of it. It could also stand alone, if necessary, as a one-paragraph mini-review.

The Star Rating

We'll give you 400-500 words detailing much more than a mere plot synopsis. Clarion Reviews give authors and readers a comprehensive critique of the writing, plot, pacing, characters, packaging, and other elements that will influence potential book buyers. The reader will not only know what the book is about, they will get a complete analysis from a professional writer who specializes in specific fields of study (book genres). Your book will be rated with one to five stars based on excellence.

How to Get Started

If you are ready to get your book reviewed, simply click here to order a Clarion Review. We'll need some basic information to get your account opened. You'll receive directions on how to send us your book—in any format—on your receipt once you've placed your order. The review fee is $499 per book. When the review has been completed, you'll get a notification (including the review) via email, and we'll wait for your instructions on whether to post it or keep it private.

Purchase a Clarion Review