Book Review Guidelines
Are you interested in receiving a free book from the publisher in exchange for writing a thorough 1,200-1,600 word review of the book? If so, the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is seeking requests from academics who are knowledgable in their field. Please choose one of the publishers from the following list (these have agreed to send free books):
All of the above publishers asked that if a book is requested, a review should be published. If you are interested in a different publisher, you will have to contact their marketing department directly. Please go on the publisher’s website, and choose a book from their catalogue that you anticipate in advance you will enjoy reading or will be useful for your research. Some negative remarks can be productive, but rants are not appropriate. Take a look at the essays or books that you are working on composing. Do you need a book on their lists for your research? You should end up with a book on your shelf that you would want to re-read. Please do not request a book that is expensive (over $50) simply because it is expensive. Many recently published hard-covers are expensive, but try to avoid, rather than covet, the pricier books. The book should have been published in the last five years, or, preferably, the last two years.
Some requests might not be granted, if the publisher has any reservations.
If PLJ is not already familiar with your work, please send a copy of your C.V. and a few sentences describing why you are interested in the specific book that you are requesting in the email where you choose a press and a specific book for your review. Everybody should also include their mailing address in their query, as the book will be mailed directly to you by the publisher.
The quality of your writing in these reviews is even more important than for the critical essays. A copy of the review will be sent to the publisher. Your words will be closely read by the marketing, and possibly the acquisition departments at these presses. Take your time and make sure that every word is meaningful and descriptive. The review should be between 1,200 and 1,600 words.
You should send requests by email to Anna Faktorovich, Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.