Author Services FAQs

How do you compare to Kirkus Reviews, Clarion Reviews and other traditional review services?

-Focus is the only specialized service focused 100% on the thriller and mystery genres, and all our reviews are intended to help connect your books to fans that will enjoy them.FAQs


Knowing that you depend on reviews across all your book marketing promotions to convince readers to buy, we are very deliberate in delivering a “money quote” that you can use for those endeavors. We put that at the top of reviews, not buried under hundreds of words of academic discourse.

-Digital Market

Today’s readers are more influenced by digital media than they are by print magazines and libraries. That’s why we publish to our community of 20,000+ social media followers and a growing email list.


Compare our prices to competing services, which typically range between $400-500 per review.

What is the difference between a book listing and a book review?

Listings feature image-rich book posts and author-provided book summaries with a link to purchase them, and are socialized to our fans on Twitter, Facebook and our email list. Listings are not endorsements from, and cannot included subjective language that may be taken as such.

Reviews feature all the benefits of book listings, but feature our trusted, independent reviews that can be utilized across all your book marketing materials.

How does the review process work?

First, we appraise your book and decide whether to review it. If your book is accepted, we’ll then ask for payment. Once we are finished reading your book and crafting your review, we’ll send it to you to make sure that it is accurate. Once you verify accuracy, we will schedule your book for review. We also work with you on publication dates, particularly if your book is not yet for sale.

How much of the review will be summary content?

To mystery and thriller fans, plot is far more important than in other genres. Your story simply has to sound as exciting as possible, as quickly as possible. Thus, ample summarization of the genre, style, characters and plot are required to put the review in context and make it appealing. However, we make every effort not to give away spoilers or other details in the process. As a bonus, many authors prefer our plot summary to the one they have written, and end up using it as their new book marketing copy.

If I order a review, can you guarantee that it will be accepted?

Unfortunately, we can’t review all the books submitted to us. Our top priority is ensuring that we can continue to deliver top-level recommendations to readers, and that drives all of our decisions. If we don’t accept your review request, you won’t pay.

Can you guarantee that my review will be positive?

Because we have every hope of being able to recommend your work to our readers, we pre-screen books before acceptance. Keeping in mind that our goal is to connect mystery and thriller fans to eBooks they’ll love, our reviewers attempt to put themselves in the mindset of your target audience (you’ll have a chance to tell us which audience you’re going for in the order form). But should our review be negative, or should you otherwise disagree with it, you may request to keep it private (non-published).

Do you ever revise reviews?

We are always willing to make revisions for the sake of accuracy, but our opinions are non-negotiable. Should you disagree with our review, you may request to keep the review private (non-published).

I’m a publisher or book publicist – will you work with me, or do you only work directly with authors?

Yes! We gladly work with publishers and publicists all the time, but please don’t send us press releases. Those go straight into the trash.

How do you decide which reviews end up in your “Best of” blog posts?

Inclusion in our “Best of” lists is entirely at the discretion of the editors. We love nothing more than when newcomers or under-the-radar novelists make the grade. Should yours land on one of our popular lists, we’ll definitely let you know so you that you can use it for additional marketing purposes.

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