Laura Pepper Wu, in her newsletter, suggests submitting your published book to The San Francisco Book Review:
1. Head over to http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/book-submission/ to read more about the review publication and decide whether it’s a good fit for you.
2. Choose between the General Submission (free), or a Paid Submission ($125-$299). General submission does not guarantee a review – your title will be offered to a group of 120 reviewers for consideration. Paid submission guarantees a review (though not a glowing one ;)).
3. Submit either: 2 copies of your print book, or an e-version of your book to the addresses listed on this page: http://sanfranciscobookreview.com/book-submission/
4. If your book gets a great review, add it to your Amazon page, your website, and use it in your other marketing materials.
Please note: While I generally advise against paying for reviews, there are a few outlets that are not in the business of vanity reviews, and are respectable and honest, and worth paying for. Kirkus Indie Reviews is another option to consider.
I’ve submitted my book to some bloggers for review, and while the reviews were not necessarily glowing, they were positive; everyone said they would probably pick up the second book. (Generally, I get better reviews from people who pick up the book on their own because it sounded like something they like, rather than it just being in the general category of things that they will read and review.)
But to submit a book to The San Francisco Book Review? That’s even scarier than putting it before a blogger. The Review almost certainly has a much larger audience, and I’m betting, once you throw in for a review, the result goes public, whether it’s flattering or not.
I don’t know if my nerves could stand the tension (although I would have to go with the free option and my book may very well not be picked). What about you, fellow writers? Could you put all of your cards on that table?