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Clarion Review

Book reviews are critical to getting your title noticed in today’s overcrowded publishing space. Booksellers, librarians, and discerning readers depend on unbiased reviews from a trusted source to help them discover compelling new books. Objective reviews are the key. Book-buying professionals do not pay attention to “likes” or softball testimonials on author pages.

For fifteen years, thousands of librarians and booksellers have relied on Foreword Reviews for excellent book reviews. In 2001, Foreword launched Clarion, the industry’s first fee-for-review service for small, independent publishers. Using a team of more than one hundred qualified reviewers, Clarion delivers a superbly written, credible, 400 to 500 word review/critique in 4 to 6 weeks. With your permission, the review will be posted on Foreword’s high-traffic website and licensed to our partners at Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Cengage, Bowker, and EBSCO. These are the wholesalers who will spread the word to thousands of booksellers and librarians.

Clarion is ideal for books that haven’t received review attention and need more than a capsule summary. The service provides three important elements to be used immediately in your marketing efforts: 1.) A Money Quote: Placed on top of the review, this powerful testimonial boils down the entire piece into one sentence, telling readers instantly what distinguishes this book. It uses active, dynamic language that can be lifted easily for promotional purposes. 2.) The First Paragraph: This well-written introduction tells readers, in a compact, conversational, positive way, what the book is about and what our reviewer thought of it. It could also stand alone, if necessary, as a one-paragraph mini-review. 3.) Star Rating for Entire Review: 400-500 words detailing much more than a mere plot synopsis. Clarion reviews give authors and readers a comprehensive critique of the writing, plot, pacing, characters, packaging, and other elements that will influence potential book buyers. The reader will not only know what the book is about, they will get a complete analysis from a professional writer who specializes in specific fields of study (book genres). Your book will be rated with one to five stars for excellence.

How to get started

If you are ready to get your book reviewed, simply click here to order a Clarion Review. We’ll need some basic information to get your account opened. You’ll receive directions on how to send us your book—any format—on your receipt once you’ve placed your order. The review fee is $499 per book. When the review has been completed, you’ll get another notification via email and we will wait for your instructions to post it or keep it private.