Updated April 3, 2012
Launched in 1998, AALBC.com is the most popular and frequently visited website dedicated to books by and about people of African descent. AALBC.com is also a premier source of reviews of these books.
All Books Submitted for Review Should:
All AALBC.com commissioned reviews benefit from the following:
An AALBC.com review is one of the best ways to inform the on-line, book loving, community about your book.
There are two ways your book may be reviewed by AALBC.com:
AALBC.com charges a $299 fee for a Commissioned Book Review.
To have your book reviewed by AALBC.com please follow the following two steps below:
1 - Submit Payment
Payment submitted via PayPal (Preferred)
Mail Money Order or Certified Check for $299 payable to AALBC.com (Personal checks will not be cashed or returned)
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2 - Submit the Book to be Reviewed
Send us the Netgalley.com link (publishers)
If your book is available for purchase online provide us with a link or the book's ISBN. We will purchase the book and ship it directly to reviewer.
If your book is unavailable via any online source, you will need to mail it to AALBC.com with your PayPal receipt information or a payment (described above in step #1) to:
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New York, NY 10029
Books sent to us via mail for a commissioned book review will not be returned.
In addition to the guidelines mentioned above, you should consider the following when submitting your book for review consideration:
Mailing addresses for books to be considered for review:
Fiction titles only
First send an email with a description of your fiction title to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-fiction titles only
First send an email with a description of your non-fiction title to us at email@example.com.
After the email is received we will determine if the book will be reviewed. If a decision is made to review the book, we will provide more information via return email.
AALBC.com does not guarantee a favorable review
We hope our reviewer will absolutely love your book; however there is no guarantee. You are guaranteed an unbiased and honest review of your book, written in a style that readers has come to except from the particular reviewer.
How long does it take for a book review to be published on AALBC.com?
Your book review will be published on the AALBC.com web site within 6 weeks
from the date the books and payment are received.
How long does the book review remain on the AALBC.com web site?
Book reviews will remain on the web site for the life of AALBC.com or until you choose to have the book review removed.
AALBC.com reserves the right to decline to review any
book submitted for review.
There are not many reasons for declining to review a book. If the book review is declined, and it is a commissioned review, both the payment and book will be returned.
The book will be reviewed by one of the AALBC.com Reviewers
for a current list of reviews.
Publishers and authors may suggest, but can not chose, which AALBC.com reviewer will review their book.
AALBC.com reviewers will read the entire book (probably more than once).
AALBC.com reviews will have the follow characteristics:
500 words minimum length
A critical analyses not just a description of the book
The degree to which the reviewer likes or dislikes a book will be stated clearly
Positive and negative points will be highlighted when possible
The AALBC.com reviewer chosen to review the book will not have more than an a casual relationship with the book's author.
The intent here is to avoid any undue appearance bias.
AALBC.com reviews are written with the book buying public in mind.
AALBC.com reviews are not scholarly dissertations. The reviews are written for the general public..
AALBC.com will not rewrite a review.
We will acknowledge and correct factual errors, but we will not rewrite a published review.
AALBC.com reviewers are under no obligation to respond to feedback from the author regarding a published review.
Remember all reviews are subjective, based solely upon the opinion of an individual reviewer.
AALBC.com reviewers are all well read, experienced book reviewers, passionate about our literature, and most importantly committed to providing their honest assessment of an author's work.
If AALBC.com reviews my book unfavorably may I opt-out of having
it published on AALBC.com?
Yes. If the book review was commissioned (fee based), you may opt-out of having your book review published on AALBC.com. You may of course use excerpts from the review as you deem appropriate.
Who owns the AALBC.com Book Review?
AALBC.com retains copyright of all reviews. Purchasers of commissioned book reviews are free to excerpt and republish their book reviews at will and in any format. Credit should be given to AALBC.com, with a link back to AALBC.com when the review is published anywhere other than AALBC.com.
AALBC.com does not return books mailed to us for review
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We will critique your manuscript or completed book for problems in plot, character development, dialogue, pace, and theme.
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Should Book Review Should Be a Fee
Based Service (an article and discussion from 2004)
“This product is intended mainly for small publishing houses, which often do not have the marketing heft to attract the attention of reviewers at mainstream publications.”
Other ways to share information about your book on AALBC.com
Other Sources for Book Reviews: Visit http://aalbc.com/otherwebsites.htm for a list of potential sources of reviews