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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Getting Reviews from NYTimes and PW

Few things will garner as much publicity as a positive review from New York Times and Publisher's Weekly.
But how many people actually get reviews from them? How many people even try? Is it because they lack the courage, don't want one more rejection--or don't know how?

The first thing you need to know is, NYT and PW want your novel before it comes out--3 or 4 months before. They want a galley copy or an ARC, not a printed ms or PDF. They make exceptions, of course, but bottom line is, start planning on getting them a copy of your book several months before your publication date.

PW has separate guidelines for children's novels. PW wants two copies of galleys sent to them, followed by two copies of the published book. NYT only asks for one copy.
Neither wants anything electronic. They don't send back any material and there is no guarantee of a review.

But still, it's worth a shot, right?

And here are the links, so you don't have to go searching. All the information you need is here.

For those of you published, did you send your material to either/or? Did you get a review?

And finally, my random winner for commenting in August, coming in with lucky #97:

Shannon O'Donnell!!!

Shannon, you won a copy of Peeps by Scott Westerfield.

I just need your address! Email me. Or let me know in the comments if you can't find my email address.


Elle Strauss said...

Thanks for the info on how to try for a review with NYT and PW. I hadn't even thought of this before. so good arsenal to put in my marketing file, for when the time comes.

KM said...

Great info! I didn't even know you could submit something to them for review.

David J. West said...

I would love to send a copy of BLOOD OF OUR FATHERS to PW, but I don't know if I'll have an ARC in time or not-and then it is still all luck of the draw on IF they want to pick the book up and review it. But I sure wnat to try.

Talli Roland said...

Congrats, Shannon!

I haven't got formal 'reviews' from the big papers on this side of the pond. But I have pitched extracts of my non-fiction book and managed to get into The Times (London) that way!

Thanks for the info, Tamara!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I know, I hadn't thought about it either, I didn't know it was possible to just ask for a review. And then I saw it recommended on a blog and decided to look into it. so neat the things available these days!

RaShelle said...

Hey Tamara! Thanks for the links. This is great to know. Are you going to send them yours? I hope so. And congrats to the random winner, Shannon.

Anonymous said...

I had never actually thought about this. Thanks for the heads-up! :o

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

RaShelle, I've already missed all their deadlines. but I am going to try anyway and hope I get an exception.

Angela Ackerman said...

Wow I had no idea about that with the NYT and PW. I wonder if all the books are 'read' by an intern or someone, and then only the best recommendations get the reviews? It would be interesting to know how that part of it works.

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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