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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. 

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 (scroll down to find genres).

  • 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 we reserve the right not to work with anyone who makes the lives of our fun-loving, easy-going volunteers difficult.

  • NOTE: For the sake of our readers, we reserve the right to not post any content when the quality is in question.

  • REVIEWS: We are not accepting book review requests at this time. Any new reviews posted will be submitted by our volunteers from their personal library or NetGalley. We will on occasion review a book for a blog tour.

Become a Contributor

If you would like the opportunity to post at the Books & Benches blog, on available days, and are already an author featured in our directory, please email booksandbenches@gmail.com for details on becoming an ongoing contributor. You must have been featured at least twice on the blog before being considered. Publishers, author assistants, or blog tour hosts that we have worked with before may request similar access. 

If you write books in one of the following genres, you may be featured on Books & Benches.

Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction with romantic elements, Inspirational Romance, Historical or Contemporary Western Romance, Mysteries, Suspense, & Thrillers, Inspirational Fiction (non-romance/non-religious), 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 feature it. While we do feature books in all of the above genres, our audience leans more toward historical and contemporary romance and their sub-genres, along with historical fiction that contains romantic elements.

What We Don't Feature

This is a general audience 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 feature erotica, erotic romance, BDSM, or books that 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. Submission to the blog is not a guarantee that your book will be featured.

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