Ever wonder “How to get my book reviewed”?

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So you’ve completed your book. Its been edited and published, and now you’re trying to figure out how to get to your potential readers. While beginning your marketing campaign usually happens well before your book is completed, getting your first reviews can’t happen until your book is done or in a final draft status.

Many stores won’t carry a small press or self-published book that doesn’t have reviews from a recognizable publication. So how do you get someone to pay attention to your book among all of the hundreds, if not thousands, of submissions they see every month?

City Book Review, publishers of the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review and Kids’ BookBuzz all have programs to help you. Kids BookBuzz is only for kids, tweens and young adult books, but the other two will take almost any book you have (including children’s books).

So how do you get your book reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review?

If your book is within 90 days of the publications date, you can submit it for general review (at no cost). The closer you are to the 90 days, the less of a chance it will have to be reviewed, but you can still start there. The SFBR gets more than 1000 submissions a month, and only reviews 300 or less, so your likelihood of getting your book reviewed in this way is less than 33%. But you can give it a try and see if it gets reviewed.

General Submission Guidelineshttp://www.sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/general-submission/

If your book is more than 90 days past its publishing date, or you really want to have it reviewed and don’t want to just hope it’ll get picked up through the general review, you can go through the Sponsored Review program. While there is some controversy about paying for a review, SFBR is a respected publication like Kirkus or Foreward Reviews and doesn’t offer vanity reviews for payment. You can expect the same level of professionalism from their standard reviews. And they don’t mark sponsored reviews any different than the other reviews.

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Reviewhttp://sanfranciscobookreview.com/submission-guidelines/sponsored-review/

Get My Book Reviewed from the San Francisco Book Review

There are a lot of different options for getting your book reviewed, mostly around how long it takes to get your review back, and if you want more than one or an interview as well.

  • Standard Reviews Take 8-10 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book Start at
  • Expedited Reviews Take 3-5 weeks for turnaround from the time they receive your book Start at
  • Get more than one review for the same book you’ll get a discount on the normal cost of 2 or 3 reviews. Reviews range in price from $150 to $299.
  • Getting a podcast interview for Audible Authors to promote yourself and your book, and you can add an interview to a review package at a discount.

And if you really like your review, you can have it posted on the other publication’s website for $99, or get a new review from a different reviewer. Both can help with your marketing and search engine optimization.

So how do you get your book reviewed by the Manhattan Book Review?

The Manhattan Book Review uses the same format for the San Francisco Book Review. Different audience, so if you’re an East Coast author, you might be more interested in having the credit from MBR over SFBR. Personal taste is the only difference between the two for reviews. If you are a local SF or Manhattan author, they will also flag that in your review.

General Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Reviewhttp://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for the Manhattan Book Reviewhttp://manhattanbookreview.com/get-my-book-reviewed/sponsored-reviews/

So how do you get your book reviewed by Kids’ BookBuzz?

First thing, all of the reviews for Kids’ BookBuzz are done by kids. They are select age appropriate books, but the kids read them and write the reviews themselves. The younger kids have some help from their parents, but the words are all theirs. Don’t expect any easy reviews either. These kids see a lot of stories, so they know good books when they read them.

General Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzzhttp://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/general-submission/

Sponsored Review Submission Guidelines for Kids’ BookBuzzhttp://kidsbookbuzz.com/get-my-book-reviewed-by-a-kid/sponsored-reviews/

Supreme Court deals major blow to public sector unions

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court dealt a major blow to public sector unions on Wednesday in a case that could shake their financial structure and undermine their future stability.

The ruling was 5-4 along partisan lines, with conservative Justice Samuel Alito writing for the majority.
“It is hard to estimate how many billions of dollars have been taken from nonmembers and transferred to public-sector unions in violation of the First Amendment. Those unconstitutional exactions cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely,” Alito wrote.
    In a blistering dissent, Justice Elena Kagan wrote, “The First Amendment was meant for better things. It was meant not to undermine but to protect democratic governance—including over the role of public-sector unions.”
    Reading from the bench, she added: “There’s no sugarcoating today’s opinion.”

    At stake in the case

    At the center of the debate is a 1977 Supreme Court opinion known as Abood v. Detroit Board of Education that says while non-members of public sector unions cannot be required to pay fees for a union’s political activities, they can be required to pay so-called “fair share” fees pertaining to issues such as employee grievances, physical safety and training.
    In recent years, so-called Right to Work groups as well as some conservatives on the court have pushed for it to be overturned. Wednesday, nearly half of all states have laws on the books that allow broad fair share fees for public employees.
    The case was brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois public sector employee, who challenged the fees. He said that because he is a government employee, issues germane to collective bargaining are inherently political. He argued that the First Amendment protected him from having to support such political expression.
    Janus has been represented in the challenge by groups such as the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and the Liberty Justice Center.
    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents public sector employees, has described the challenge as a threat to American workers.
    The public sector unions argue that they are required by law to represent all employees regardless of if they are members and that no one is required to join the union.
    If non-members don’t have any obligation to pay fair share fees for the collective bargaining obligations, they would become free riders, benefiting from the representation without sharing the costs, the unions say. The coffers of public sector unions would also suffer if non-members were able to get services for free.
    Alito noted, and dismissed, the impact to union funds.
    “We recognize that the loss of payments from non-members may cause unions to experience unpleasant transition costs in the short term, and may require unions to make adjustments in order to attract and retain members,” Alito wrote. “But we must weigh these disadvantages against the considerable windfall that unions have received under Abood for the past 41 years.”
    The Trump administration sided with Janus in the case, reversing course from the Obama administration in a 2016 case when the Supreme Court heard arguments in a similar challenge, but deadlocked in a 4-4 split following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
    This story is breaking and will be updated.

    Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/politics/supreme-court-union-fees-decision/index.html

    10 Things Remarkable Parents Do (That Set Their Kids Apart from the Rest)

    By Angela Pruess

    At any given time you’ll find four or more parenting books on my Amazon wish list, a few by my nightstand, and an email box chock full of insightful parenting theories and approaches.

    Granted, child development is my career, but I speak with plenty of parents in my practice who find themselves in similar circumstances.

    With information around every corner and our culture projecting constant messages (many times contradictory) regarding how we should raise our kids, feeling like a confident and intentional parent can seem out of reach many days.

    In my 12 years as a family therapist, I’ve seen many well-intentioned parents mistakenly employing strategies that aren’t meeting the emotional or developmental needs of their children or families. I’ve also observed an increasing number of parents that are successfully mapping out new and healthier ways of raising children.

    These insights, collected over time and gleaned from experience, parallel what we know from current brain and behavioral research about what kind of parenting is most likely to contribute to the healthy development of children.

    1 | Know that kids will act like kids.

    Often parents forget that the way a child’s learning begins is by screwing up. Making mistakes. Behaving immaturely. The ‘magic’ happens when a supportive caregiver then steps in to steer them in the right direction. We get frustrated and impatient, becoming annoyed with whininess and ‘back talk’ when really, this is how kids are wired.

    The part of the brain responsible for reason, logic and impulse control is not fully developed until a person reaches their early 20s. Immature behavior is normal for immature human beings with immature brains. This is a scientific reality that helps us to be patient and supportive in order to guide our children when they struggle.

    2 | Set limits with respect, not criticism.

    Due to the fact that our kids need to learn literally everything about the world from us, they will require many limits throughout their day. Without proper limits in their environment, kids will feel anxious and out of control.

    Limits can be delivered in the form of criticism and shaming, or they can be communicated in a firm but respectful way.  Think about how you appreciate being spoken to at work and go from there.

    3 | Be aware of developmental stages.

    Have you ever questioned where your easy-going toddler disappeared to as he was suddenly screaming bloody murder while getting dropped off at daycare? Hello, separation anxiety!

    There are literally hundreds of very normal, very healthy transitions kids go through to become adults. Being aware of these puts their puzzling behaviors into context, and increases the odds of reacting to them accurately and supportively.

    4 | Know your child’s temperament and personality.

    It seems pretty obvious, but if we are in tune with the characteristics that make our child unique, we will have a better understanding of when they may need additional support, and when and where they will thrive.


    Once you know the basics of what makes your child tick, many important areas become much easier to navigate, such as pinpointing the best environment for homework, or understanding why your daughter needs to come home from overnight summer camp.

    5 | Give your child plenty of unstructured play time.

    Unless you studied play therapy in school, most adults will never fully understand and appreciate the power of play.

    Play is how kids learn all the things and develop all the stuff. This means leaving time each day for straight-up unstructured, kid-controlled, exploration of the world kind of play.

    6 | Know when to talk and when to listen.

    Kids learn to be pretty good problem solvers if we let them. Because we love the life out of them and want them to succeed, it’s hard not to jump in and solve problems for them by virtue of lecture or criticism.

    If parents more often held their tongues and waited it out, they’d be shocked at how often their children can successfully reach their own conclusions. Being heard is powerfully therapeutic, and it allows us to think things through and reach a solution.

    Kids want and need to be heard, and feel understood. Just like the rest of us.

    7 | Have an identity outside of your child.

    Many of us often claim that our children are our world, and this is certainly true in our hearts. In terms of daily life however, parents need to have more. We need to nurture the friendships, passions and hobbies that make us who we are as individuals.

    Doing this can feel like a battle, as our protective anxieties try to convince us our children can’t be without us, and also that we can’t be without them. But we can be, and need to be, in order to stay sane, and avoid saddling our kids with the task of meeting all of our emotional needs.

    8 | Understand that actions speak louder than words.

    The way you interact with your child and live your life will be your child’s greatest teacher. Kids are incredibly observant and way more intuitive than we give them credit for. They are always watching.

    This can be slightly inconvenient for parents, but if we’re able to keep it in mind, knowing our children are watching our actions will not only teach them how to behave, but it will make us better people.

    9 | Recognize that connection, fun, and creativity are the best ways to promote positive behaviors and a cooperative attitude.

    Fear and control aren’t effective long-term teachers for our kids. While those dynamics may appear effective in the short-term, they won’t equip our kids with a strong moral compass, or effective problem-solving skills.

    If our child feels valued as a person based on our interactions with them, they will naturally learn to value others and have the confidence to make good choices.

    10 | Set the overall goal to shape a child’s heart and not just their behavior.

    We often get the impression from the world around us that the goal of parenting is to produce a compliant, well-behaved child. While these are certainly desirable qualities for most parents, they are not core qualities that contribute to a happy and healthy human.

    Helping our children understand the importance of their thoughts and emotions gives them coping and relationship skills. Skills that will protect and guide them throughout their lives.

    Changing our parenting habits and styles is never easy, but if it’s truly in the best interest of our children, it’ll always be worth it.

    **This article originally appeared on Parents With Confidence

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    Owner Got A Cat In 1988, Probably Did Not Expect To Throw Him A Birthday Party 30 Years Later

    Meet Rubble, a cat from Exeter, England, that is now being called the ‘oldest cat in the world’ after recently celebrating his 30th birthday. Rubble and his owner, Michele Foster, have been the very best of friends since she got him as a kitten on her 20th birthday, back in May 1988.

    Michele believes that the secret to Rubble’s longevity is the fact that she pampers him as if he were a child, she never had children of her own so Rubble is positively showered with attention and care. “He’s a lovely cat, although he has got a little grumpy in his old age,” she said. “He has plenty of life left in him yet, but I don’t think we will go down the Guinness World Record route as I am not sure he would like lots of people coming to see him or a fuss being made out of him.He is old now and would not like too much attention or be hassled. We would prefer if he was just left to live out his old age in peace.”

    The oldest cat who ever lived, according to the record books, is Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967, and lived until August 6, 2005, an incredible 38 years and three days! Rubble has some way to go before breaking that particular record, but Michele is very proud of his achievement. She remembers her 20th birthday, the day they first met, quite clearly. “He was part of a litter of cats that my sister’s friend had, and I had just left home,” she explained. “I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten. He is very loyal. We used to live in London and moved around a lot.”

    “If you care about something and someone and really love them, that goes a long way. I have always treated him like a child – I don’t have any children and had another cat called Meg – who passed at the age of 25. If you care about something, no matter what it is, it does last.”

    Understandably, due to his advanced age, Rubble suffers from high blood pressure. He needs regular medication, which he gets from Shaun Moore of City Vets. “We recently had this amazing cat in for a check up and to celebrate his 30th birthday,” he said. “Rubble is quite likely to be the oldest cat in the UK and is still going strong. He is on medication for his blood pressure but apart from that, he is in remarkably good health.”

    “He enjoyed a free check up, some Whiskas Catmilk and Felix pouches, and less appreciated a free supply of medication for the next month as his birthday present from City Vets.”

    While we are sure Rubble appreciated the treats, if not the medication, we can only salute his achievement and wish him continuing good health. Scroll down to check him out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

    Meet Rubble, a British cat who is now being called the ‘oldest cat in the world’ after celebrating his 30th birthday

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    His owner, Michele Foster, got him as a kitten on her 20th birthday May 1988

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    “He was part of a litter of cats that my sister’s friend had and I had just left home”

    Image credits: SWNS

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    “I was lonely living on my own so got him in as a kitten”

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    The pair have been inseparable ever since

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    Rubble has now matched the age of the last world record holder

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    Rubble had a party at his local vets where he was treated to some of his favorite cat food and a free check-up

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    “He is on medication for his blood pressure but apart from that, he is in remarkably good health”

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    He is quite likely to be the oldest cat in the world and is still going strong

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    Happy 30th birthday Rubble!

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    Here’s how people reacted

    Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/worlds-oldest-cat-rubble-30th-birthday-michele-heritage-britain/

    High school summer reading list is decried as anti-police

    A South Carolina high school drew the ire of parents, police and community members after it included what they called anti-police material in a summer reading list.

    From a list of four books for students taking an English 1 College Prep course at Wando High School in Charleston, two are focused on racism and police brutality.

    “It’s almost an indoctrination of distrust of police and we’ve got to put a stop to that,” John Blackmon, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3, told the local news. “There are other socio-economic topics that are available and they want to focus half of their effort on negativity towards the police? That seems odd to me.”


    Students can pick “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, which is described as “the story of two teens, one black and one white, who struggle with racial tension in their school and their community,” in the class assignment, or “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas, described as the main character witnessing her childhood friend, Khalil, being shot – unarmed – by a police officer.

    While the students have two other options on the reading list, the Fraternal Order of Police says the two anti-police books should be dropped from the list because they focus on negativity toward officers.

    The school is reviewing the book materials after formal request for reconsideration was submitted.

    “I understand two of the selections/choices for this summer’s reading list for English 1 College Prep classes are considered controversial by some members of our community,” Wando Principal Sherry Eppelsheimer wrote in a statement. “I appreciate their concern and input regarding this matter.”

    The school board could pull the book the books from the summer reading list, if it decides to take up the issue.

    Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/13/high-school-summer-reading-list-is-decried-as-anti-police.html

    How Global Sporting Events Run On Bribes & Help Dictators

    Soccer: it’s the sport the rest of the world calls “football”, despite how loud America yells otherwise. It’s also the global obsession that peaks every 4 years with a World Cup. This year’s Cup is about to start in Russia. 2026’s Cup is about to get awarded to the United States and Canada and Mexico, maybe. And everyone is abuzz about which of the perennial contenders (minus Italy, minus the Netherlands) will win it all. That passion for the game means big crowds, big glory, and big money. But did you know it also created the world’s most brazen white collar criminal organization? And helps past and present autocrats keep their stranglehold on power?

    On this week’s episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt is joined by Dr. Natalie Koch (Maxwell School at Syracuse University) and by DeMorge Brown (Harmontown, Channel 101) for a deep dive into how soccer’s governing body became a secret Swiss crime family without most fans noticing. They’ll find insanely bold corruption in the sport everywhere from Qatar to Trump Tower. And you’ll discover how soccer, the Olympics, cycling, falconry, and more global sports take our planet’s politics in a weirdly dark direction while also bringing joy to our planet’s people.



    Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective (edited by Dr. Natalie Koch)

    FIFA Announces Russia, Qatar as World Cup Hosts for 2018, 2022 (Full Presentation)

    Soccer’s Culture of Corruption (New York Review Of Books)

    Opinion: Did Russia Steal the World Cup? (The New York Times)

    FIFA releases report detailing alleged corruption in World Cup bids of Russia and Qatar (Los Angeles Times)

    Fifa official took bribes to back Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid, court hears (The Guardian)

    Plot to buy the World Cup: Huge email cache reveals secrets of Qatar’s shock victory (Times of London)

    What happened to the Qatar World Cup’s cooling technology? (BBC News)

    Revealed: Qatar’s World Cup ‘slaves’ (The Guardian)

    Stadium deals, corruption and bribery: the questions at the heart of Brazil’s Olympic and World Cup ‘miracle’ (The Guardian)

    How Uruguay broke Brazilian hearts in the 1950 World Cup (BBC News)

    Fifa corruption claims: South Africa ‘agreed $10m deal’ (BBC News)

    FIFA Took Bribes Over Germany’s 2006 World Cup Bid, Report Says (TIME)

    How The 2002 World Cup Became The Most Controversial Tournament in Recent Memory (Vice Sports)

    Ex-FIFA official had $6,000-a-month Trump Tower apartment for unruly cats (The Washington Post)

    The Economist explains: Vladimir Putin’s macho stunts

    Chairman Mao Swims in the Yangtze (TIME 100 Photos)

    “Gulf Nationalism and the Geopolitics of Constructing Falconry as a ‘Heritage Sport'” by Dr. Natalie Koch (Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism)

    Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (TripAdvisor)

    Benito Mussolini skiing & sledding without a shirt on

    World Cup stunning moments: Mussolini’s blackshirts’ 1938 win (The Guardian)

    Read more: http://www.cracked.com/podcast/how-global-sporting-events-run-bribes-help-dictators

    The Way by Kristen Wolf

    Book Summary

    Anna is a striking and spirited young girl living in ancient Palestine where being a daughter is a disappointment. While her father excitedly anticipates the birth of his first son, the invisible Anna endures a life of drudgery. One bright spot in her world is the crippled old woman living by the village well who declares that the headstrong girl possesses a powerful destiny. But before the elder can reveal her prophecy an unexpected tragedy strikes Anna’s family and her father—dressing Anna as a boy—sells his daughter to a band of wandering shepherds.

    Abandoned and armed with only bravery and wits, Anna must learn to survive the harsh desert and unruly men. Yet just when she masters her bold life of disguise, she stumbles upon a den of mysterious caves and is captured by the secret band of women living inside. Unable to escape, Anna soon discovers that the sisterhood’s mystical teachings and miraculous healing abilities have forced her to question everything she’s been told to believe and—to her amazement—unleashed an astonishing power within her.

    But when violent enemies opposed to the women’s ways threaten to destroy them, Anna vows to save her mentors and preserve their powerful wisdom. Forced again to leave home and loved ones behind, a transformed Anna returns to the world of men—as only she can—determined to unfold a daring and dangerous mission: One that will put everything she’s become to the test. Will she succeed…or be condemned?

    Amazon Link – https://amzn.to/2Ng0NuD

    “The Way is a daring and passionate debut from an author to watch in the future.” – Historical Novel Society

    “Wow, is all I can say. This novel blew me away!” – Book Pleasures

    “THE WAY is a magical, evocative first novel that I plan to buy a carton of to give to my family and friends. This message of compas­sion, healing, and respect for women could indeed transform our world.”  -Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman’s Journey to God

    Author Bio:

    KRISTEN WOLF is an award-winning author, creative and wondernaut living in the Rocky Mountains. Her debut novel, THE WAY, was hailed by O, The Oprah Magazine as “A Title to Pick Up Now!” Her second novel, ESCAPEMENT, won a 2018 IndieReader Discovery Award. A graduate of Georgetown University, she was nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins University.

    37 Awesomely Cheap Things That Only LOOK Expensive

    It’s nice to be surrounded by beautiful things, but it’s even better if those beautiful things don’t cost a fortune. We scoured Amazon for the most stylish items you can buy that also won’t break the bank. At these prices, you can probably snag more than one!

     We hope you find these products as awesome as we do. Just an FYI: 22Words is a participant in the Amazon affiliate program and may receive a share of sales from links on this page.


    Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/37-awesomely-cheap-things-that-only-look-expensive/

    20+ Times People Found Some Truly Perfect Handwriting Examples That Were Too Good Not To Share (New Pics)

    One of the biggest casualties of the digital age has been the fine skill of handwriting, and the opportunities to show off one’s artsy and satisfyingly precise script are diminishing every day. When was the last time you picked up a pen?

    While calligraphy continues to flourish in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design and typography, having nice handwriting doesn’t really get you that much social cred anymore. Luckily, for those who are blessed with natural talent or have worked hard on their craft, there are places on the internet where you are still appreciated! The subreddit penmanshipporn has long been such a place, where scribes come together to share and celebrate the aesthetic value of their pen productions.

    Following on from a previous post, we here at Bored Panda have compiled a list of satisfyingly neat and creative handwriting for your viewing pleasure. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know which ones you find the most aesthetically pleasing!

    Kanye West Clarifies His Statement About Slavery Being ‘A Choice’ Read His Latest Tweets!

    Kanye West can’t stay out of trouble…

    As we reported, during his appearance on TMZ Live on Tuesday, the Famous rapper raised eyebrows when he made the following statement about slavery during a conversation about “free thought”:

    “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”

    Not surprisingly, a TMZ staffer got offended, and the two had an intense face-to-face.

    Related: Kanye West Further Explains His Pro-Trump Sentiments

    Later that day, Kim Kardashian‘s husband went on Twitter to further elaborate on his controversial words. While he agrees slaves did not have “free will,” the musician believes they were “mentally enslaved” to have “stayed in that position.”

    He wrote:

    The 40-year-old then compares himself to historical legends like Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner, who made extraordinary efforts to help free enslaved individuals.

    And yes, Ye believes what he is doing now is going to be in future history books.

    Oh boy…

    [Image via WENN.]

    Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2018-05-01-kanye-west-slavery-comment-twitter-clarification/?from=topstory_perezhilton