Build your audience with  professionally written, unbiased, objective and trusted editorial book reviews.

Professionally written book reviews are one of the most powerful tools available to authors for getting their books before the eyes of readers and media professionals.

Our professional reviewers evaluate each book for the following attributes:

  • Is the story compelling (content is king/queen)
  • Professionalism of editing and formatting
  • Characterization
  • Pacing
  • Continuity of story-line
  • Satisfying ending (not necessarily “happy”)
  • Intriguing opening
  • Uniqueness of story
  • Writing craft
  • Plotting craft
  • and other criteria that is genre specific such as red herrings in mysteries, suspense building technique in thrillers, etc.

What We do and How We Do It:

  • Books are reviewed within their specific genres, although genre blending is encouraged.
  • We understand that readers of different genres are looking for different types of reading experiences.
  • We select reviewers for their specific genre experience and knowledge.
  • CBR does not place restrictions on publication dates. We accept current works along with those that have been stored away in a drawer for decades.
  • Cover design  will not affect your review. Our reviewers evaluate books on content and merit.
  • We review:
    • e-pub books
    • traditionally published books from publishing houses
    • galleys
    • hybrid published works
    • self-published/Indie published books
  • Reviews are  minimally 350-to-700 words. Some reviews are longer.
  • Standard review time is six-to-nine weeks. You may order  expedited service for an extra fee.
  • We review all genres, fiction and non-fiction.

Who Will Review My Book?

Our review team is comprised of  experienced editors selected for their expertise in specific genres.  While they uphold the traditions that readers have  come to expect, they maintain an open-mindedness for emergent ideas, talent and creativity  in the field of literature, media and publishing while holding to the time-honored publishing traditions readers have come to appreciate and expect.

CBR reviewers are spread across the U.S. and come from diverse backgrounds and are experienced in the publishing arena as editors, journalists, university professors, librarians, booksellers, literary conference leaders, book distributors, published authors, several incognito professional book reviewers for newspapers and magazines, and even a few literary agents. All of them are professional reviewers and editors who work or have retired from the publishing industry . When we receive a submission at the home office, our editorial team selects the best reviewer for that particular book.

Our reviewers and editors all share a passion for good books and the authors who write them. Our mission is to help good books get discovered!

What Happens When the CBR Review of My Book is Complete?

  • We will submit the CBR review of your book to you for you to decide if you want to go public with it. Or not.
  • The book review will belong to you to use as you see fit to promote your book. All that is required is that you give Chanticleer Book Reviews attribution for the review or any blurb of the review that is used in print, on-line, or audio-visually.  Remember, the CBR book review is yours to promote your book.

Okay, I give you approval to go public with the review, now what happens?

  • After we receive your approval, we will post the review to:
    • Chanticleer Book Reviews’ website and  newsletter
    • On  CBR’s FaceBook page, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest (cover) social media
    • Your review will be posted to GoodReads & Kobo, and to our growing list of review sites as a Chanticleer Book Review
    • Your review may be published in print and online media publications
    • If the book receives  4 stars or above, you will have the option of placing it in our Chanticleer Book Shelves located in Independent Book Stores across the U.S
    • You may use the review as a professional Editorial Review on Amazon, on your publisher’s site, on your website and blog.

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A positive book review will generate content for:

  • Social Media Posts
  • Point of Sale Marketing Materials and Shelf Talkers
  • Press Releases
  • Author Platforms and Websites
  • Meta-data
  • Blogging
  • Interviews
  • Book Discovery
  • Distribution Reviews
  • Increasing Book Sales

 What happens if the review is negative or I choose to keep out of public view?

Your Chanticleer Book Review may be positive or negative or anywhere in between. The CBR review belongs to you. You have the option not to have it published or  distributed to CBR’s  media resources and affiliations. However, you will have received honest and objective feedback that is for your eyes only.

The choice is up to you.  Remember, we will submit the book review to you first. You will have the decision of whether or not to go public with it.

Before you expose your book to the world of readers and reviewers at GoodReads, Amazon, and other sites, let our professional reviewers evaluate it. Many of the  authors who have submitted their books for review were alerted to overlooked glitches such as  inconsistencies with point-of-view,  story-line trajectory, or inconsistent character development. We have found plot holes that needed plugging, story pacing that needed to speed up,  and overworked clichés that managed to sneak their way into the work.

In the pre-digital age of publishing, traditional publishers had at least 40 pairs of eyes evaluating a galley before it went to press. How many objective, unbiased editors have read and evaluated  your book? 

Ask yourself these questions:

Which book would you order on-line or purchase at the booksellers?

 One with a professional editorial review or one without a professional editorial review?   

Which book do you think will receive more notice by media professionals, booksellers, & librarians?

One with a professional review, one with several professional reviews, or one with no professional reviews?  

Do You Want to Increase Sales of Your Book?

To increase sales of a book or to help a book to go viral, several positive, trusted editorial reviews are needed for publicity and marketing.

In 2014, Two Million New Titles Will Vie for the Readers’ Attention. How Will Your Book Get Discovered?

A Chanticleer Book Review may, indeed, be the first step in placing your work into the hands of a literary agent, a publishing house representative or that all important elusive reader who is deciding what to read next.

How Will Your Book Grab the Media Professionals Attention?

Media Professionals (who are always looking for the next bestseller, cult classic, or blockbuster) depend on unbiased reviews to help them sift through the million-plus volumes of new books that hit the market every year. From local booksellers to publishers scouring Amazon, book reviews are what most media professionals depend on to sift through millions of titles of books.

Is Your Book Ready for a Chanticleer Review?

A Chanticleer Book Review is for serious authors who are ready for professionally reviewed, unbiased, objective assessments of their work.  

Who are Chanticleer Book Reviewers?

Our reviewers are experienced in the publishing arena as editors, journalists, university professors, librarians, booksellers, literary conference leaders, book distributors, published authors, several incognito professional book reviewers for newspapers and magazines, and even a few literary agents.

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We would be honored for you to entrust us with reviewing your published work.

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