Check Out My First Book Review!


It’s a daunting task, getting your self-published book reviewed. There are many sites to offer reviews, however, some may ask for upwards of $425 for a review (I’m looking at you, Kirkus Reviews). I tried making a list of other things I could purchase with $425, but all I could come up with was 42.542 paperback copies of my book, Ask Me About My Grandcats. It’s available on Amazon. No big deal.

Fortunately, I found a website called BookLife that offers free reviews. Check this out:

BookLife is a website from Publishers Weekly dedicated to indie authors. The site provides a free and easy way to submit self-published books to Publishers Weekly for review, and offers editorial content—success stories, interviews, author profiles, how-to pieces, news, and features—geared toward helping indie authors achieve their goals. Whether an author is focused on writing and editing, art and design, or marketing and distribution, BookLife has valuable resources that can help along the way.

The question I had to ask myself was, am I ready to be one of their success stories? Imagine me, Mike Jenkins, granting interviews, inspiring others to pursue their dreams, running down hotel hallways from sexy groupies. Don’t trip on your way to the limo, Mike, lest the throngs of pretty girls overtake you!

After buying a Costco 50-pack of black sharpies for autographs, I submitted my book. They also asked if I wanted to submit my book into their yearly BookLife Prize. It only cost $99 to enter my book, but you could win $5,000 not to mention a profile in Publishers Weekly. Have you heard of them? Oh, good.

The only problem I had with entering is how it might ruin the chances of some other author who thought they might win. It felt like using a shotgun to swat at flies, but hey, we’re all on the same playing field. For now.

After just 3 short weeks, BookLife got back to me concerning my free review. The website warned that it could take from 6-12 weeks to receive a review, but obviously they couldn’t resist this. So, what did BookLife have to say?

Dear Michael,
Thanks for submitting your BookLife project (Ask Me about My Grandcats: And Other Essays) to be considered for a Publishers Weekly review. Despite the strength of your project, our editors have decided not to send it out for review.

Well, that’s…I mean…the thing about it is…

Imagine being so good at something that nobody wants to give you a chance. I hope they give my $99 to someone who actually needs the help.