Change in My Submission Policy, Beginning January 2018
For the past year I have chosen all of my books of the month from the comments on this page. In the coming year, I will continue to look at all books submitted here, but I plan to read some of the great indie books which have crossed my path outside of this web site, and if I like them I will feature them on my blog. I still want all of your submissions, and I still will be choosing books submitted in the comments on this page. I'll just be branching out a little as well.
How to Submit
Simply go to the comments section on this page and post your book's blurb as well as the Amazon buy link (NOTE: The links in the comments apparently do not go live, but I can copy and paste them into the address bar, so it still works). If I find the blurb interesting, I will click the link and read sample chapters. If I like the sample chapters, I will buy your book. Yes, that's right. Buy it. My goal is to help indie authors, so I am not asking for free copies. Since I'm only featuring one book per month, I think I can afford to purchase them. Note: If your book is enrolled in KDP Select, I may borrow it rather than buy it, but it still helps your sales ranking.
Of course I have preferred genres. Who doesn't? I also have genres I prefer not to read. But I want to encourage you to post links to all kinds of books. Since the comments will be public, you will be advertising your book not only to me but to everyone who visits this page. Just because I choose to pass on a book, that doesn't mean everyone will.
How Will You Know If You're Chosen?
Since you will be submitting publicly, I am not asking for any contact information. To find out if your book was chosen, you can do a number of things. You can follow my blog, or you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads. When the blog post featuring the winning book is published, it will be posted to those social media platforms. I will publish the book of the month post at the beginning of every month. I usually blog on Thursdays, but sometimes I get a couple of days behind.
Please, only post your blurb and your buy link. I will use that information to decide if I want to read your book. I'll also only be featuring indie books. I'm an indie author myself, and I want to support my colleagues.
If Your Book Is Not Chosen
This is a change from my previous policy. I will no longer be deleting all comments at the beginning of every month. Most people were not coming back to resubmit, and I think I missed out on reading quite a few great books because of it, so in the future I will not delete a comment until I have made my final choice on a book.
I am not accepting ARCs, only published books. I also do not want authors sending me books, as I plan to buy the book I choose to review. If your book is not yet published, you may come back and submit once it is available for purchase. Also, the choice of Indie Book of the Month is solely at my discretion. It is my sincere hope that I will absolutely love a book once I've chosen it, but there's always the chance that I will find some problems which I will then feel the need to address. I would like to be able to give all the books I feature five star reviews, but that is not something I can guarantee. What I can promise is that my review will be honest.
Thank you and I can't wait to read your blurbs.