Authors and Publishers

Please do not comment on this page with your deal or review request. Those comments will be deleted. We only accept direct submissions via the forms below.

You MUST take the True Review Pledge. It’s FREE. Requests that do not include a link to the author’s True Review Pledge profile page will be deleted without notice.

Sorry for the loud statement, but we’re getting a lot of incomplete requests. We are offering a free service, and this is all we ask in return. Please, just take the pledge and fill out the form.

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You may also post a note in our new forums at http://zwoodlebooks.com/forum/freebies-and-giveaways/

Please, kindly, give as much lead time as you can. Sometimes life interferes, so we can’t always check the notices right away. We do post as many as we can, but there are no guarantees. Thanks for understanding.

We love books, and we love sharing them! We are happy to help promote quality work through book reviews and free/deal notices.

If you have a book you would like to make available for free download on our website, please fill out the form below with as much information as possible, and we’ll do our best to get the word out for you. We always feature our posts on Twitter and often on other sites, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Google+. We recommend RT’ing/reposting in whatever networks you are active in.

We also advocate notifying as many of the “free e-book list” sites as you can to increase your exposure. (We’re working on a database of places for you to submit at http://zwoodlebooks.com/authors-and-publishers/resources/.

While we in no way advocate censorship, please note the following guidelines for submission.

  • We have a strict anti-hate policy and will not feature any book that advocates discrimination against anyone.
  • As a general rule, we do not to feature books on religion (other than historical), politics (other than historical), or that make extraordinary claims/feel “spammy” – unless there is an exceptional reason to do so (none come to mind at the moment).
  • We will not feature books with covers that are overly or overtly sexual. Artistic nudity is fine; sexualized nudity is not. This is a family-friendly site and should be safe for any young eyes that view it.
  • We prefer to feature books with an average rating of four stars or more, although we do make exceptions on a case-by-case basis (especially if it’s new).
  • Starting in January 2013, you MUST take the True Review Pledge, asserting that you have not and will not use or purchase fake reviews for your book. It’s free. Your request will not be processed without it.
    UPDATE: We are no longer providing courtesy notices. Sorry, but it just takes up too much time, which prevents us from posting people who actually followed the guidelines, and that just isn’t fair to everyone else.

Feel free to submit whenever you can, even last minute, but the more lead time you can give us, the better. We try to be as accommodating as we can, but we receive a LOT of requests, so please keep that in mind. We almost always drop a courtesy note, so if your promo is almost done and you haven’t heard from us or seen a post, please feel free to contact us directly in case something got overlooked somehow.

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Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.

We love books, and we love sharing them! We are happy to help promote quality work through book reviews and free/deal notices. We currently have four volunteer reviewers on staff with a variety of interests.

If you are requesting a review, please allow a three- to four-month lead time prior to the publication date. In the interest of the environment, digital copies are preferred. (Exceptions can, of course, be made.)

We are currently very, very far behind. But we are trying. Please feel free to submit. Just know that it will be a while. Your patience is appreciated.

We will try to honor as many requests as possible, but we may not be able to accommodate everyone. Please only submit a request if you are looking for an actual review. Most of us are writers, too, so we would never be cruel. But we will be honest.

We do not charge for this service. However, please offer a tweet, like, or follow in exchange. A donation to a literacy charity would be greatly appreciated. Some review companies charge hundreds of dollars for a review. How much is this service worth to you? http://supporters.firstbook.org/goto/zwoodlebooks

Starting in January 2013, we will only be promoting books by authors that have taken the True Review Pledge.

To submit a review request, please contact us with as many details as possible.

14 thoughts on “Authors and Publishers

  1. Anybody remember “Steal This Book” by Abby Hoffman? Now that there are so many ways for authors to give their work away for free, internationally, Hoffman’s title is not very funny anymore. I got on this site from a list provided by a blogger. It was supposed to be a list of free promotional opportunities for aspiring authors. Instead, it was a list of places to give away your novel for free. Go figure. “Times they are a changin’…: and I just don’t understand anymore. If I give away Rarity from the Hollow today, why would somebody that takes it want to read it? It was free so it must not be worth much. If a few people do read it, why would they want to buy the next one I write if they can get a free story from another writer? It just doesn’t make any sense to me.

    1. Hi Robert!

      I can see why that might be confusing. We are living in a time where the market it oversaturated with books, and it’s important to 1. make your work stand out and 2. market it.

      Many people choose to offer their book free for a limited time in order to gain new exposure. Not only can this increase your sales rank for Amazon (and other places, if you are selling there), which alone can give you more exposure, it’s also a great way to get reviews from people, which are essential for your book’s success.

      It’s true that some people will not value something they get for free, but many do.

      As to why they would pay to buy another of your books when they can get a different one for free, well, if you write quality work, people will want to come back for more. Just because they can get a story or book for free somewhere else doesn’t mean it’s any good. Most readers are more than happy to support writers they enjoy.

      Whether this marketing strategy is for you or not is something you’ll have to decide for yourself. But a lot of people find success with it. :)

    2. Hi Robert,
      Congrats on your book! I hope it does well.
      Giving away books can be an important tool in the process of selling books. A couple of years ago, I could make a book free for a few days, promote it all over the place, and reach 15,000 to 30,000 people. Many of those people were probably just collectors who never opened the thing. Some might have read it and then went on to the next free book. But some people left reviews. Other people told their friends or posted about my book on their blogs. Once I had multiple titles out there, some people went on to buy all my books and became loyal fans. On the heels of a free promotion, my book would rise on the lists and more people would be exposed to it. Giving away 15,000 books would lead to selling 800 in the following month. It might seem like a lot of lost customers, but the alternative would have been selling maybe 50 to the few handfuls of people who stumbled on my work.
      What I do now is slightly different. I have one book that is “perma-free”. I give away between 100 and 200 copies a day of that book, and have been for quite a while. In fact, it has been in the top 500 free books on Amazon.co.uk for months. The point is that I consistently sell the sequel to people who wouldn’t have otherwise heard of me.
      For other books, I give them away free to my mailing list, and put them at $0.99 when they debut. I want as many people as possible to find my books and become fans.
      Free books are the way that avid readers find new authors .They’re worth more than posters, ads, trailers, and readings. Free books are the most convincing way to earn their trust. To capitalize on that free press, you have to keep turning out new books–a lot of them.
      Good luck!

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