NewPages Book Reviews GuidelinesLength: Approximately 800 words.
Identification: Title, author/editor, genre, translator/language if applicable, publisher, date (month and year) of publication, publisher web address, ISBN, format, page count, price, and “Review by [your name]”. Please see current review page for examples of formatting.
Text: Block style, no extra line breaks, no indents. Book titles in italics; titles of poems or stories should be in quote marks.
Quotes: Short poem quotes in the body of the text need a slash to separate lines, a double slash for stanza breaks. Quotes of four or more lines, whether prose or poetry, should be block quotes. (There is no need to indent these—only use the tab/space bar to reproduce a poem's formatting.) Use ellipses in brackets if they are your own. Do not italicize quoted material unless it is italicized in the original. If possible, reference both author and title if reviewing an anthology/collection. Please include page numbers for our reference (these are removed prior to posting). For review purposes, excerpts are fine, but if you wish to quote a poem in its entirety then publisher permission is needed; let me know ahead of time and I will make this request for you. Please double- and triple-check all quotes!
Send: Send all reviews in an attachment: .doc, .docx or .rtf to: katyhaas[at]newpageswork[dot]com. Do not send reviews in the body of an email.
Deadlines: One- to two-month turnaround from the time you receive books. Reviews must be received by the 20th to be posted in the next issue, which is posted on the 1st of each month.
Receiving More Books: When you are ready to receive more books for review, please contact me at katyhaas[at]newpageswork[dot]com and I will email you the complete list of books available for review. It’s best to select more than you want - i.e. “Send me three” and list four or five. Due to overhead, please select at least two titles.
*Please* never solicit review copies on behalf of NewPages. If there is a title you want, ask me. You are welcome to review books you obtain yourself, provided they fall within our review parameters; just let me know in advance of sending the review.
Author Bio: Include 50-word bio and a picture (optional). You may include contact info, but if you do not, I will NEVER give out your e-mail address. Should writers/publishers cold-contact you for reviews, please tell them that all requests/materials must come through NewPages (this is on our FAQ page). You may update your bio as needed.
Payment: There is no cash payment for your work at this time. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated and you can have as many free books as you can review.
Taking a Break from NewPages: Please drop me a line and let me know when you can no longer write reviews. You are welcome to take breaks as needed and return when you are able.
Questions? Contact katyhaas[at]newpageswork[dot]com