I have written a YA novel called Newshawk in which a boy helps his crazy uncle who runs a detective agency solve crimes. I need to have the book reviewed through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. I would like to know who would be willing to do this and how I would get them a free copy.
Thank you very much.
Do you have a web site? If not, you really, really, really need one before you do any other promotion. A web site is a mark of professionalism, and it is your public face on the web. I highly recommend having your latest release prominently displayed on your front page, along with a summary, a link to the first chapter, and purchasing information. (My own review policy is that I won't accept review requests without a web site, and I insist on seeing the first chapter of a book before I make a decision about the rest.)
After that...it takes a lot of work. A LOT of work. I have two published novels now, and with each one, I've learned a bit more. I've got a whole series coming out next year (one at a time), and even though the release date isn't until February, I'm putting together a list of bloggers now. Every time I see one that looks interesting, or that might be into my stuff, I put it on a list. When I get ARCs in, sometime late in the fall, I will already have the contact list read. Why? Because reviewers like to read pre-publication material It makes them feel good to be the first ones to get to read something, and to register one of the first opinions.
Thank you very much for the information. I imagine that I'd have to hire someone to make me a web professional-looking site.
You can turn a Wordpress.com blog into a site pretty easily (Use the Pages feature). It wouldn't be too hard to make it clean and professional looking.
Weebly.com is a good place to create a website. It is very professional looking, user friendly, and FREE. Your book sounds very interesting. I can imagine the fun these two characters will have while running this agency. Best of luck to you with both endeavors. I'm heading over to Amazon now to take a look at your book.
Thanks for your interest and help. I'm not really a computer guy, but at least to some extent I'm going to have to become one. It may very well be more enjoyable that I think it will be. Oh, let me know what you think of the free sample pages of my YA book Newshawk.
I do wordpress, like Alison suggested -- you will have to spend some time learning it, but once you get over that learning curve, it's easy to maintain.