Websites that review indie authors alongside mainstream

One of the hardest things about being an indie author is getting reviewed in the same places as traditionally published books – especially if what you write is non-genre fiction. Here are a few that came up trumps for me, so I thought if you’re in the same boat you might find them helpful.

Bookviews – to request a review, email

For Books’ Sake – email

RALPH – the Review of Arts, Literature, Philosphy and The Humanities. Go here for their review policy

Also this week I discovered indie author interview site The Bookcast – click here to introduce yourself to them.

If your novel also carries a frisson of supernatural and darkness, you might also snag the attention of Deb at Pen In Her Hand and BJ at Dark Side of the Covers – who also very kindly gave me reviewerly attention.

And if it flirts with SF and fantasy, you might get lucky, as I did, and find yourself evaluated alongside mainstream-published SF and fantasy, both modern and classic, at Critical Mass. (My review is pasted here.)

Thank you, Mrjorgen, for the pic

Have you found any useful review sites? Leave their URLs in the comments!

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  1. #1 by Doug Lance (@DougLance) on November 1, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    eFiction magazine reviews indie as well as trad-pub books.

  2. #2 by Deb Atwood on November 1, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Roz! Yes, I’m happy to review indie publishers as well as traditional. My focus is ghost novels. Ambiguous is okay, too, as in: Is there a ghost or is the narrator nuts/manipulated? Sometimes what appears to be a ghost doesn’t quite materialize…

    Deb Atwood

  3. #3 by Denise Gallin on November 1, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    Thanks a lot Roz! The Midwest Book Review gives priority consideration to small press publishers, self-published authors, and academic presses…so it says on their website 🙂

  4. #4 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on November 1, 2011 - 10:28 pm

    Thanks, everyone – some great tips there. I must add another, newly minted site – Reader Unboxed. From the makers of Writer Unboxed. They have a reviewer dedicated to indie books. Pass it on…

  5. #5 by Debra Eve on November 2, 2011 - 1:21 am

    Really useful info, Roz. Thaks!

  6. #6 by rozmorris @dirtywhitecandy on November 3, 2011 - 6:46 pm

    Another site I have to mention – Underground Book Reviews, who aim to bridge the gap between traditional and non-traditional publishing. Find them here –

  7. #7 by Tahlia Newland on November 3, 2011 - 11:37 pm

    I review indie urban fantasy, paranormal romance, modern sci/fi ( meaning not too much techno-babble) both young adult and adult, alongside mainstream works of the same genres. I like cross genre and different stuff, but I’m slow to get the reviews up because I do posts on other reader and writerish stuff as well. I get between 50 and 100 hits per day and actively support good indie writers.

    My review policy is here

  8. #8 by Sally on November 4, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Thanks for the info Roz. Here’s a blog I cam across recently that lists reviewers of ‘indie’ (self-published) sci-fi, speculative fiction and fantasy:

  9. #9 by philsrogers on November 9, 2011 - 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the information Roz. I have bookmarked this post.

  10. #10 by keithisaworkinprogress on May 21, 2012 - 7:57 pm

    Thank you for the insight. I will be pestering them shortly. 😉

  11. #12 by self published on February 9, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Sounds worth a read. My TBR list is growing
    for 2014. Some of my favorite writers have upcoming titles too
    and I am thrilled.

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