Here is one for those holding out for traditional publishing. Marketing, while still a responsibility of the author to a significant degree, is easier. I requested guidelines for submission at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution and this is the response I received:
“Congratulations on your new novel. There are so many fine books produced by authors from Atlanta and the South, we have to be very selective in what we can cover. For starters, we do not review self-published books or books only available in digital or print-on-demand formats.
If your book is published by a major publishing company, feel free to send me a copy and I’ll be happy to consider it for review.”
Suzanne Van Atten
Features Enterprise Editor
Personal Journey • Books • Arts
223 Perimeter Center Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30346
Guess I’ll have to stick with local radio stations and my hometown papers! At least for now! It was worth a try…. Notice she says, “…a major publishing company”…and then they consider it for review.
I would go with Kirkus but it is around $500.00 whether they like you or not…even if you can only pick out a few usable words…is it worth it?