Why should I use Feathered Quill to review my book?
This is, perhaps, the most important question of all! You spent a lot of time, possibly even years, working on your book. Do you really want to trust it to a site that flips quickly through the text and then writes a generic review? Feathered Quill Book Reviews is not the largerst review site on the net, we don't boast of reviewing 100s of books each month and we believe that is a good thing. You see, when a site receives and reviews huge quantities of books, it is simply impossible to read each one cover-to-cover and then give a careful, detailed review. Many of our reviewers are authors themselves and we know what it is like to receive a review where it is obvious that the reviewer didn't read the entire book, or in some cases, read the book at all. We treat each book, and each author, with the individual attention they deserve. Our reviews are respected within the industry and are used by self-publishers as well as NYTimes Best-Selling authors to promote their books. Please take a moment to read our testimonials to see what other authors are saying.
My book is published by a small press. Will you review it?
Yes, we encourage submissions from small, independent presses.
My book is self-published. Will you review it?
Yes, we are happy to review self-published books. Many review sites refuse to take submissions from self-publishers, and we know how hard it can be to get a review for these books. We're here to help your book get the recognition it deserves.
My book is POD. Will you review it?
Yes, we're happy to take submissions from POD publishers.
Will you review my e-book?
Yes, we will review your e-book. Please note, however, that you must submit a hard copy of the book. Our reviewers will not read from a file.
Will you accept galleys/ARCs, and manuscripts for review?
Yes, all are acceptable. Please be sure to let us know the publication date. Note: If you submit a manuscript for review, please be sure it has already been through the editing process. If the text is full of typos or other errors, that may have a negative effect on your review.
May I e-mail my manuscript for review?
No, you must send a hard copy of your manuscript.
My book was published last year; will you still review it?
We feel that there are many gems in the book world that never receive the attention they deserve. As long as your book is still available for purchase, we will review it.
Will you review books from other countries?
Yes, but they must be in English.
I don't see my genre listed. Will you still review it?
If your genre is not listed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before submitting the book. We will reply within two business days if we are able to accept the book for review.
What types of services do you offer?
There are three options to get publicity for your book: Spotlight, Featured, and Standard. Learn more here.
How long does it take for a review to be posted?
Typically, it takes two to four weeks from receipt of your book to post the review.
I see that you do author interviews. How do I get an interview?
Interviews are included as part of the Spotlight promotional service. If, however, you are interested in either a Featured or Standard promotional service, you may still get an interview. Please contact us at email@example.com for further information.
How do I reach my reading audience through Feathered Quill?
Unlike many review sites that forget to market to the reading public and simply target their site to authors looking for reviews, we are constantly searching for ways to promote our site to the buying public. We advertise in newsletters as well as via the internet on social media sites where book fans lurk, and use methods such as adwords to get readers to our site.
What happens when I submit a book for review?
First, we will e-mail you an acknowledgment as soon as your book arrives. Then your book is matched with the reviewer who we feel is the best match for your book. Next, we will post a thorough review of your book on our site and notify you once the review is posted. Unlike many sites, we never skim a book. We read it cover-to-cover and write a comprehensive, thought-provoking evaluation.
All reviews will be posted to our site. We will place a "widget" link on the book's review page to its corresponding page on Amazon.com (if the book is available on Amazon) so that purchasing the book will be quick and simple. We track sales through the Amazon links and note a jump in sales for many of our reviewed books. For reviews that are part of a review package, you will receive a pdf version/tear sheet of the review for use in your marketing packet. We will also post a link to your website, if you have one and provide us with the url.
In early 2011, Amazon changed their review policies to remove reviews posted by professional sites such as Feathered Quill. While we are no longer able to post reviews to Amazon, you can still post portions of your review via your "Author Central" account on Amazon. Don't know how? Here are the instructions.
Do you do free reviews?
We do a limited number of free reviews. Click here for more information.
Will using Feathered Quill guarantee a good review?
In a word, no. We do not guarantee a positive review but we do guarantee a fair, honest assessment of your work. While we have no desire to "trash" a book, we will point out problems if they exist, such as confusing plot changes, lack of editing, etc. All reviews are posted to our site so please don't ask us to pull a review you don't like. If you don't want an honest opinion of your book, then don't submit your book to Feathered Quill.
May I post the review on my website?
We grant you, the author, publisher or publicist, the right to post the review anywhere you desire. We only ask that Feathered Quill Book Reviews is credited as the reviewer.
What do you do with the book once it is reviewed?
Books submitted for review become the property of Feathered Quill Book Reviews. Books that are submitted as part of a review package are either kept by our reviewers or donated to local libraries and schools. Books that come in for free reviews may be donated or sold via Amazon after the review is posted - it's up to the individual reviewer. Note that books that arrive unsolicited will either be recycled or sold via Amazon - in other words, please do not send unsolicited books!
What about my email address - will you be sending me emails?
The emails of authors, publishers, etc. who have books reviewed by Feathered Quill are added to our mailing list that is used just four times a year to send out announcements for our annual award program. This is the only time we email clients and you can easily unsubscribe from these mailings if you choose.
Who are your reviewers?
We have a diverse group of dedicated book enthusiasts, whose backgrounds range from a multiple award-winning children's book author to the head of a college science department. For more information on our reviewers, click here.
Not convinced that Feathered Quill is right for you?
Consider that in 2012 we were named one of the best websites for authors by The Association of Independent Authors! We're very excited and proud of being selected for this honor.
In addition, we won the 2009 Writers' Choice Award sponsored by Writer Watchdog. This award was given to just a few organizations that received the most positive comments/votes from authors/publishers/publicists who used their services. We could never have received such an award without the votes of so many satisfied authors.