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For Authors

Welcome to Dear Author. You may be wondering why we address our reviews to you, the author. This is actually just a stylized form of the review and even though it is addressed to you, it is meant for readers.

Q:  What types of books do you review?

We review contemporary romance books, paranormal romance books, historical romance books, urban fantasy, science fiction, and fantasy.  From time to time, we will review mystery books but rarely.  The site is primarily devoted to the romance genre.  If you are looking for a review of a non fiction or a memoir, our site is not right for you.  If you have a genre fiction book, we will be interested.

Q: How do I get my book reviewed at Dear Author?

If you are an author, we can’t promise that we will read your book or that if we read it, we’ll like it. If we don’t like it, we could post a scathing review. Some people don’t like that. If you are one of those people, please don’t submit your book for review. If you are okay with those qualifications, If you would like for your book to be reviewed, please email [email protected] with the subject line REVIEW REQUEST. Please include the title, author name, genre, blurb and a brief excerpt of approximately 600 words.   If you do not follow these instructions, we will delete the email inquiry and will not respond.  We prefer e-versions of your books and will be more likely to read them than a paper copy.

The reason for these stricter requirements is because we field at least 10 requests a day and we must have an easy way to get through them.

Q: Do you accept self published books?

Yes but it needs to be professionally edited.

Q: Do you accept advertising?

We have four ad slots available:  Leaderboard, Zone 2, Zone 3 and Zone 4 (Zone 1 is sold out).

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You must pay and/or cancel 30 days in advance.   Accounts not paid within terms are subject to a 10% finance charge.

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We reserve the right to, unilaterally, REJECT, OMIT, or CANCEL advertising which it deems to be not in the best interest of the audience of Dear Author, or which by its tone, content, or appearance is not in keeping with the tone of the website.

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Q: What’s the First Page thing?

We invite authors, both established and aspiring, to submit one page for critique.   You can see previous first page critiques here. You should aim for about 400-600 words for a first page.  Please submit your first page here.

Q: How do I participate in the “First Sale” series?

First sale series is by invitation only but you can certainly email Jane to ask if she has any available dates. We post the Author’s First Sale letter around the release date of a new book. The first sale series has been temporarily suspended.

Q: I’m a new author and would like to be profiled by Alyson H as part of the new author interview series.

Alyson H. brings Dear Author occasional interviews with newly-published authors. If you are an author with your first (or perhaps second) novel coming out, and you’d like to be considered for an interview, send your name, web information, and release date to DAintrointerview at gmail dot com.  Alternatively, you can fill out our Debut Print Author Questionnaire so long as your are a) debut author and b) published in print.

Q: Will you help promote my book, cause, thing?

Because we get so many of these requests, we rarely post them because otherwise all we would be doing is posting promos and requests for money and so forth. From time to time, though, we will post on these subjects but it is rare.

Q:   Why do you write your reviews in the form of a letter?

When Jayne and Jane first started the blog, they were going to write the letters to readers, like those in the front of many books. was taken but was not.   So that is how we came to write reviews in the form of letters to authors.   The book reviews, though, are really for readers.   We don’t presume that an author would find our reviews helpful or useful because by the time the book gets to us, the book is done, published. The reviews, though, are meant to be conversation starters and are not intended to be read as literal letters written to the author.


  1. Megan Johns
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 05:24:33

    Please forward an email address for requesting a book review. I have tried using the link on your website, but my computer will not support it.
    Thank you
    Megan Johns
    The Path of Innocence
    publisher: (ebook)

  2. Jane
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 08:29:28

    @Megan Johns I just emailed you.

  3. Ruth Francisco
    Jan 29, 2010 @ 11:10:54

    Hi Jane, I had the same problem as Megan above. I’d love to submit my new ebook, Amsterdam 2012.

    Thank you, Ruth Francisco

  4. Zion Lights
    Feb 09, 2010 @ 08:14:51

    Would you like to review this book? If so, I’d like to send you a copy!

    “How to describe a text that tells the tale of a lifetime through short snapshots of moments; each moment meant to capture an eternity?

    This book is a piece of creative writing that attempts to do exactly this; to convey the evolution of a lifetime via a collage of captured moments. And in each moment, we discover something about our own lives also.”

  5. Ashley Ladd
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 11:13:45

    Jane, I also have a book I’d love for you to review but I had trouble with the link above. How do I submit it to you?

  6. Jane
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 23:50:58

    @Ashley Ladd: You can just email me jane at

  7. Ashley Ladd
    Feb 17, 2010 @ 19:59:01

    Thanks Jane. I just emailed it to you.

  8. April O'Connell
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 12:26:54

    WARNING! I’ve been scammed by a self-publishing press. I gave them (I’m ashamed to say) over $2000. You would be shocked at what they did to my manuscript.

    I am a published author with a textbook going into its eighth edition. I thought I knew what I was doing. I would be happy to share my experience with anyone who would want to know the full details.

  9. Patrick Blackburn
    Mar 02, 2010 @ 18:41:01

    I highly recommend you review Amsterdam 2012. I am floored at how good it is. I was reluctant to pick up an ebook because I’ve read some true garbage, but the reviews have been strong so I gave it a shot. WOW! Very well written, great knowledge of politics, religion, and geography. Thrilling action, and so smart. I never felt insulted by the writing; on the contrary — she is a challenging and inspiring writer.

  10. Michelle Black
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 08:36:36

    Dear Jane
    I would like to contact “Jayne” who reviewed my novel “An Uncommon Enemy,” back in 2007. I just came across the review and learned for the first time what a shoddy job my publisher (Macmillan) did in formatting the ebook of the novel.
    I was shocked and embarrassed, even though I had no control over the matter, and want to apologize to her (and anyone else who bought this ebook version.) They deserve their money back!
    Anyway–to Jayne: Thank you for your in- depth review of my book. It was thoughtful and thought-provoking. And thank you for alerting me to the formatting errors.
    The rights to this novel have now reverted to me and I hope to bring out my own ebook version.
    If you would like to read UE’s sequel, Solomon Spring, I would be happy to send you a free copy.
    Best regards,
    Michelle Black

  11. Jane
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 10:45:42

    @Michelle BlackDone! I forwarded this onto Jayne. We know it’s not the poor author’s fault.

  12. glenora cliff
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 17:47:27

    I have two novels with Kensington, but now I’m going to dip my toe into the e-book business and, like so many other authors, bypass the print pubs. Do you review e-books?

  13. R. Samuel Erlich
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 18:31:00

    I have been writing perpetually for more than forty years, and have had several academic papers published. In recent years I’ve been braving more ambitious (literary and scholarly)projects. I have queried dozens of literary agents and publishers for representation, and have received the typical declinations. I suppose I lack the “It” factor; I don’t seem to be able to get these sharks to bite. To say I am disappointed is like calling a chi·hua·hua a guard dog — silly. I am thwarted, frustrated, bitter, angry, desperate even nauseated.
    I am reaching out — begging? — for some (any) advice on how to better grab the attention of agents and publishers.
    Writing is my passion, but my ego is starving for recognition. So, I’m knocking on your door — would you please answer?

    R. Samuel Erlich

  14. Author Vicky Renee Johnson
    Feb 21, 2011 @ 16:07:42

    How want my book onsale at walmart! NEW MISSISSIPPI AUTHOR

    I would like to share with you some info about my new book!

    A Mississippi Moonlight

    Press Release – Feb 03, 2011 – A crook, an old family curse, and a deal with the devil, all add up to Mississippi madness. The riveting new thriller A Mississippi Moonlight has it all!

    A supposed curse is eating away at Zeke Malone, a Mississippi crook loaded with money and power. He has always believed that a woman named Cordella seduced and married his great-grandfather, putting a curse on his family. The only way to break that curse is to mix his blood with that of Cordella's family. Zeke manipulates the woman's great-grandson into handing over his daughter, Hazel Starling. After Hazel is drugged and wedded to Zeke, she escapes to California, where she raises their daughter, Chloe Rose.

    But their child has secretly been monitored for years, and now a reckoning is due.

    A MISSISSIPPI MOONLIGHT (ISBN: 978-1-60911-440-4) will be available on February 1, 2011 for $12.95 and can be ordered through the publisher's website:
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    Wholesalers please email [email protected]

    About the Author: Vicky Renee Johnson gets her greatest inspiration from her Irish heritage. She grew up in Amory, Mississippi, where she still lives, and is nurse specializing in care for the elderly.

    Thank you for your time,
    Vicky Renee Johnson

  15. Lynn K. Hollander
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 12:35:07

    ‘Yes but it needs to be professionally edited.’
    Could you define ‘professionally edited.’

  16. Jane
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 12:36:04

    @Lynn K. Hollander: Meaning you have paid someone to edit your book, not just used beta readers.

  17. Winona
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:32:17

    Can you explain a little further about that “professional editing” definition? If I pay my neighbor, a retired English teacher, to edit my book, does that count? Does the editor have to have some kind of credentials? If so, what would that consist of? What kind of evidence would an author have to provide that he/she had had the manuscript edited?

  18. Jane
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 12:34:12

    @Winona: We are just taking the author’s word for it. If we don’t notice any editing problems then yeah! If we do, then we might mention it in the review.

    It’s fairly easy to tell in the first chapter whether the book has any editing.

  19. Sarah Stegall
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 13:10:24

    ‘Yes but it needs to be professionally edited.’

    What if I *AM* a professional editor? :D

  20. Genevieve
    Aug 15, 2011 @ 13:37:19

    How long would you like the excerpts to be in the body of the email? I don’t want to over or underdo it.

  21. Jane
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 15:32:51

    @Genevieve: Enough that we get a taste of your writing. Probably 1000 words or so.

  22. Carla Dewhurst
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 19:31:40

    Dear Reviewers, I am sorry, I don’t know what I did wrong in my previous posting, could you help me?

    Thanks, Carla Dewhurst

  23. ang
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 08:15:00

    I’d love to have you review my e-book. (yes, it was edited) I read your requirements, however, I have two questions.

    1) On the excerpt — do you want the “first” 1000 words, or do you want something from the middle of the book?

    2) I have the e-version (prc.doc) in my files, would that be acceptable to send, or do you prefer a copy from Amazon itself?

  24. Gerrie Ferris Finger
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 14:33:19

    Hi Jane, I’d like an email address to submit my review query to you. Thanks. Gerrie

  25. Alyne de Winter
    Mar 25, 2012 @ 18:31:35

    Hi Jane and Jayne,
    Thank you for contacting me. Do you review short stories and novellas?
    I have stories that were traditionally published and now have them available on Kindle and Smashwords and i novella and another about to be uploaded. They are in Gothic Fantasy and Paranormal and some romance and all of that.
    All the Best,

  26. Jessie Lane
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 20:42:43

    Hi there!
    I tried the link to submit my blurb and excerpt for possible review but it failed horribly for me. Can I please have an email address to submit my stuff?
    Thanks for your time!
    Jessie Lane

  27. T. R. Bauer
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 13:43:17

    I would love to have my controversial new novel reviewed and would happily send you a copy. Trailer may be viewed at

  28. Sylvia Z. Summers
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 04:09:08

    Dear Jane,
    I am an Italian author (I publish with Harlequin Italy) and I’ve just put my third book on Amazon, in english. It’s the first time I do it (I’m very excited!) and I would love to be reviewed by you! Please contact me by email, if you are interested in my novel, Perfume of the Soul.

  29. John Henry Brebbia
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 10:37:57


    I’m a Las Vegas-based fiction badly in need of convincing you to review my second novel – In The War Zone (paperback edition – 223 pages). I’m not sure how to interpret the genres, but I believe In The War Zone could be classified as contemporary romance. I like to think of it as an uncommon contemporary love story. In February 2012, I published it with CreateSpace. Since then, it has been available on The Kindle version became available on Amazon this week. (Kindle/ePub versions are available for emailing.) For the past 25 years, I have been a member of Lefty Salazar & Associates, a local writer’s club whose motto is: “We don’t take incoming phone calls!” Although new to the game, I am familiar with how competitive the review process is. If you are willing to review In The War Zone, please advise whether you would prefer the ePub or .mobi version. (If, by chance, you prefer would prefer the paperback edition, please send me your mailing address.)
    Unlike my first novel, which took me 30+ years to write (a story in itself), that is now in the hands of an experienced LA TV program syndicator – In The War Zone is not about war or the military. The protagonist – Gibb Quinn – is former street fighter raised by his single mother in a trashy Las Vegas trailer park. A scholarship to the University of Portland, compliments of the Bishop Gorman High basketball coach, enables Gibb to escape from his gangbanger neighborhood to become a star computer salesman for the Big Byte Corporation in Seattle. His is a quintessential American success story until the company sends him East to rescue a failing retail outlet. Despite his Ralph Lauren wardrobe bought especially for this assignment, Gibb could not be more out of place in Chatham, Connecticut – a tight coastal hamlet full of old fashioned, narrow-minded natives that treat him as a “Vegas hustler.” (Seemingly, a case of the natives concluding you can take the guy out of Vegas, but you can’t take the Vegas out of the guy.) More interested in his place on the Big Byte leader board than being accepted socially by the natives or the local business types – the “Regulars” – Gibb concentrates on becoming number one in sales in New England.
    All is well until Alicia Farrell, aka the virgin princess, aka the Belle of Chatham Township, and her mink-clad mother – members in good standing of the local aristocracy – visit the Big Byte store to purchase a PC as a Christmas present for the family patriarch, Judge Farrell. Alicia, who is promised to Josh Bingham, Jr., a Yalie member of the other ruling family, has deferred her admission to Yale Law School for a year while working as a paralegal in her Uncle Tom Farrell’s law office. The trouble starts when Alicia’s weekly visits to the Big Byte store for computer software lessons convince the Regulars that the Vegas hustler has designs on her. This, in turn, sets the rumor mill on fire. Gibb’s protestations that his interest in Alicia is strictly platonic fall on deaf ears. The resulting boycott of the Big Byte store puts Alicia at odds with her family and the townspeople generally. From there, the story proceeds apace to its surprise ending.
    There is a lot more to Gibb’s story than is possible to convey in a brief synopsis and without giving away too much of the story line.
    On October 15, Debra Martin posted her author’s interview of me on her blog (http://twoends and on her Facebook page.
    So far all of the comments from readers have been favorable, including the following from a successful, long time Hollywood screenwriter who, to the best of my knowledge, is not in the habit of writing book reviews: “I just finished ‘In The War Zone.’ A big deal for me to finish any book in one day – so that says a lot. I really liked your caustic humor – and dead on portrayals of both sides of the tracks in Fairfield County – where I grew up. More importantly, from a writer’s standpoint, I truly liked your ‘voice’ throughout the novel. And that voice also has enormous compassion and empathy in it. A perfect combination, and all the tonalities work well together.”
    In the past few months, I have made author’s presentations at The Works independent book story in Pacific Grove, CA, the University Club in San Francisco, sponsored by a member of the board of the San Francisco Literary Society, the public libraries in Provincetown, MA and Chatham, MA, and the iconic The New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton Highlands, MA.
    Some of the readers have even asked for a sequel.
    More Information about me and my writing is available on my Amazon author’s page and on my Website:
    Looking forward to your timely response.

    Best regards,
    John Henry Brebbia

  30. Phillip Frey
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 13:42:04

    I filled out your review request form. When I copied the blurb and excerpt, then pasted them into the proper boxes, the paragraph indents were gone. Everything is at the left margin. I don’t know how to correct this.

  31. Beth Henderson
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 18:15:50

    You mention two levels of advertising but don’t say what they run. That would be very helpful in deciding whether to do it or not. Would appreciate receiving the rates if you could send them as well as add them to your info for authors on the website. Thank you!

  32. William Mendoza
    Feb 06, 2013 @ 07:39:51

    I dont classify myself as a writer because I only find myself doing so when I am bored. But my imagination is incredible I would say. To the creator and helpers of this beloved website ‘dearauthor’, I have a friend who is a die-hard writer and has already written his first book. I have reviewed it and it is good, but the problem is, that he has been trying to find ways to publish this book, but with a trustworthy company. I assure you that this book is fantastic, and you would enjoy reading it, but this is only my opinion as all humans have different taste. Id say its no more than 81 pages. If interested please feel free to email me – or if any feedback is involved please do leave a comment. Thanks.

  33. Lily Velden
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 01:03:13

    Please advise if you review M/M contemporary romantic fiction.
    Thanking you in anticipation of your reply,

  34. David Russell
    May 07, 2013 @ 09:49:32

    My short story ‘Therapy Rapture’ was released by Extasy on April 15th. I have two more forthcoming titles with Extasy. would you be interested in reviewing/interviewing?

  35. Sheri Cobb South
    Nov 12, 2013 @ 18:05:10

    2014 will mark the 15th anniversary of THE WEAVER TAKES A WIFE, which was first published in 1999. To celebrate, I’m re-releasing it (in both trade paperback and electronic editions) with a foreword by Mary Balogh, who is a fan of the book! While TWTAW is listed in DA’s Top 100 Romances (for which I am profoundly grateful!), it has never been reviewed on this site. Before I fill out the form, I wanted to ask if y’all review reprints, or do you limit reviews to first editions?

  36. Kathy Otten
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 21:33:13

    I apologize for posting this here, but I have tried several times to clink on the link to pull up your form to request a book review.
    If you could email me the form I would appreciate it.
    Thank you,
    Kathy Otten

  37. Michelle
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 05:10:16

    Hi Jayne and Jane,

    The submission form link appears to be broken. I can email direct but not sure what info you need. Some of the comments mention an excerpt — is there other info you need?


  38. Rasheedah Prioleau
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 17:01:27


    I would like to send a book review request but the form isn’t working. What is the best address to send it to?



  39. Jane
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 22:09:26

  40. Zeenat Mahal
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 04:57:16

    Hi Jayne,
    I’ve sent a couple of emails requesting permission to use part of the review you did for Haveli. I’d like to put it up as the Editorial review at Amazon. Perhaps the email isn’t working? I’m part of a blog hop and could use a good review on the site. Thanks again!

  41. Alison
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 13:46:27

    Your site was recommended to me by the folks at
    They managed to get some good reviews for my book, but I was looking for readers specifically in the genre of romance. I could not get your form to work, so please advise.

  42. Jane
    Jan 18, 2014 @ 15:25:59

    @Alison: This doesn’t work for you?