Welcome

 

We created Red City Review to be a place where authors can receive a professional literary book review for their work at an affordable price. We love books, and we want people to learn about the amazing new titles that we are fortunate enough to read. We have been reviewing hundreds of books every year since founder Alex Rigby first launched the website in 2013.

Our mission is to foster an online community of independent authors and writers all around the globe, who can come here to find resources for improving both their craft and their careers.

 

2019 Winners

We are excited to announce the WINNERS of the 2019 Red City Review Book Awards! This year’s Grand Prize winner is…

The Dung Beetles of Liberia by Daniel V. Meier, Jr.

Mr. Meier has won the following:

  • a $500 cash prize
  • a front-page feature on the Red City Review website and social media pages
  • 50 high-quality grand prize winner book stickers
  • a framed winner’s certificate
  • a press release announcing his book as the 2019 Red City Review Book Awards grand prize winner circulated to our vast email list

 

This year’s First Prize winners are…

General Fiction

Tabut by Uju M. Uzuegbunam

Science Fiction

Out of Time by Abigail Dobbs

Fantasy

Nite Fire: Flash Point by C. L. Schneider

Horror

Escaping Midnight by Andrew Schrader

Romance

Lost With No Trail (Never Without Her) by Anne C. Maxwell

Mystery/Thriller

The Carnival, the Cross, and the Burning Desert by Gary J. George

 

Children’s

What I Tell Myself FIRST by Michael A. Brown

Young Adult

A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen

Memoir

Speedbumps: Living Life with Epilepsy by Jonathan B. Dodson

 

Non-Fiction

Inspiration Is Only the Spark by Mary Theis

Each winner on the preceding list will receive the following:

  • a front-page feature on the Red City Review website and social media pages
  • 25 first prize winner book stickers
  • a framed winner’s certificate
  • a press release announcing their book as a 2019 Red City Review Book Awards first place winner circulated to our vast email list

 

This year’s Content winners are…

Best Book Cover

The Carnival, the Cross, and the Burning Desert by Gary J. George

Best Book Synopsis

Keep You Cold by A. J. Franks

Best Book Design/Artwork

Picco Puppy Loves Soccer by Michael Wong

Best Characters

Portland Zionists Unite! and Other Stories by Eric Flamm

Most Original Concept

Madame Zenayda’s Afterlife Adventures by Marie Brack

Most Promising Series

The Melody of Three (Evercharm Trilogy) by S. D. Reeves

Best Debut Novel/Short Story Collection

Legends of Darkness by Jacob Benner

 

Best Author Website

Jacqueline Pirtle

 

Best Social Media

Jay Amberg

 

Fan Favorite

Uniquely Stella by Deborah M. Menenberg

Each winner on the preceding list will receive:

  • a front-page feature on the Red City Review website and social media pages
  • a press release announcing their book as a 2019 Red City Review Book Awards winner circulated to our vast email list

 

Thank you to all who entered this year’s contest!

Our Services

A Red City Review is a 250—350 critique and assessment of your novel.  We offer single reviews for $40, and reviews are posted between one to two months after we receive your work. Furthermore, we promise that your review will come from someone who has actually read your book.

We also offer editorial services including copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, and interior layout design. It is our goal to help you make your book the best it can be. To find out more about our editorial services click here.

Additionally, we plan to add even more high-quality offerings to our arsenal in the coming year. These will include book cover re-design, writing and editing tips from real authors, marketing and social media management advice, and more. Our ultimate goal is to be a one-stop shop for independent authors who are seeking help in getting their books from brain to page, and into the hands of eager readers.

Why Reviews Matter

GET NOTICED

The more positive reviews your book has, the more likely it is that readers will be interested in your title. Books that have many reviews on websites such as Amazon sell more copies than books that have few or no reviews. A Red City Review helps capture organic readers by bringing attention to your book.

INCREASE YOUR SALES

Reviews help increase your book sales, because the positive things stated in the review help inform the customer about the book, as well as proclaiming what was so good about it. People are more likely to purchase something if it comes highly recommended.

RECEIVE AWARDS

Getting a positive review helps your chances of your book being given an award. The more reviews you have, the more notice the book will gain. Entering your book into The Red City Review Book Awards is a great way for your book to gain the attention it deserves, and to win cash and other prizes for all of your hard work!

GAIN RECOGNITION

Finally, getting a review from Red City Review will help your book gain recognition, not only in the promotional sense, but from the review itself. There is no better feeling than receiving a positive review for the book that you spent countless hours, days, months and perhaps even years writing. We here at Red City Review can assure you that our review of your book will bring you satisfaction, because even though we cannot guarantee a five star rating for your book, we will always highlight the best parts of your work in our review.

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Now that you know all of the ways that getting a review can help your book, sign up for a Red City review by clicking here.

Our Team

Here at Red City Review, our staff consists of editors, English professors, librarians, booksellers, bloggers, social media influencers, and people who work at publishers across the nation. We represent the full spectrum of all the great folks who come together to form the thriving publishing industry.

Whether you contact us by email, web form, Facebook message, or tweet, we’re here to answer any and all questions you have about our company.