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For Authors

There's lots of cool info (we think it's cool) on this page, so read through and select your submission option. Please be sure to look over what we feature and don't to make sure your book fits within the genre and content guidelines. 

Whether you're here to request a book review, interview, or contribute an article, you've come to the right place. Our goal is simple—to help authors share their books with readers. As much as we respect authors and the books they write, it is equally important for authors to respect the time of our volunteers. 

If you can answer "YES" to all three questions below, then click on one of the options to get started.

  • My book is either traditionally published, or self-published and edited by a professional editor.

  • My book falls within one of the accepted genres on this site.

  • My book has a tasteful and professional-looking cover that meets the general expectations of the genre.

We do not charge for any of our features or postings (and don't plan to; yay for free promo), so we do ask that you provide all requested and required information when submitting forms. This helps our volunteers, which in turns allows us to keep helping you. We reserve the right not to work with anyone who makes the lives of our fun-loving, easy-going volunteers and reviewers difficult.

If you ever have trouble with one of our forms, please email us at booksandbenches@gmail.com. Please do not submit blog post information or other content via email unless requested to do so; use the form links below. We check emails and schedule posts only one day a week, and sometimes less often if we are ahead of schedule. Please be patient for a response from our volunteers. 

 

We will be on holiday from December 15 - January 30, so if you have a book release or want a feature during that time, please submit all materials by December 10. Anything received after that date will be held until February. We will still have our monthly cover contest during this time.

PLEASE submit only one feature at a time to the blog. No posting or feature is ever guaranteed.

We have streamlined our process and forms. 

  • Interviews, guest posts, and other blog features are all now on one form (first link).

  • Submitting a book cover will enter your cover for consideration in the monthly cover contest.

  • Submit a book release if you have a recently released book or upcoming release.

  • The Author Resources pages features links to companies that offer good and affordable blog tours, cover design, author websites, and other publicity services. 

  • Stay tuned after the holidays for updates. We are 100% committed to providing authors with free promo options, and will get creative with future options based on what our volunteers can handle. 

If you write books in one of the following genres, you may submit to Books & Benches.

Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Mysteries, Suspense, & Thrillers, Inspirational Romance, Inspirational Fiction (non-romance/non-religious), Historical or Contemporary Western Romance, Western, Historical Mystery, Historical or Contemporary with some Paranormal/Fantasy elements, and Women's Fiction. 

If a genre or sub-genre is not listed above, we do not currently feature it.

 

What We Don't Review or Feature

This is a family-friendly site. While we do read books that may feature some steamy scenes and swearing (we have a rating system), we do have some limitations based on content. We do not review or feature erotica, erotica romance, BDSM, or books which contain or promote incest, pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, rape, cruelty to animals, racial intolerance, or sexual encounters with minors. We also do not feature books with heavy/explicit language.

 

We reserve the right not to feature any book, or other content, that does not meet quality publishing standards in terms of editing and cover design. Submission to the blog is not a guarantee that your book will be featured.

 
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